Sep 05, 2020

Mani Ratnam to start shooting with Aish in SL!

We had earlier reported that the shooting of Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan will resume with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Vikram in September.

While it was earlier speculated that the shooting is being planned in Pune and Hyderabad, the latest reports are that the acclaimed director has decided to shoot in Sri Lanka as per initial plan.

The team had initially shot in the forests of Thailand and major portions were shot there, the team had returned to Chennai for the next schedule of shooting, but the COVID-19 pandemic messed up their plans.

Besides Ravi and Karthi, actors like Riaz Khan, Jayaram and Ashwin Kakkamanu were also part of the shooting in Thailand. Reports are that the cast and crew of Mani Ratnam's 'Ponniyin Selvan' will travel to the neighboring island nation on September 20th for a one-month long schedule.

While Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be seen in a double role - playing both Nandini - the wife of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar, and the role of Queen Mandakini Devi, the stellar star cast include Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Vikram, Prabhu, and Jayaram among others.

Produced by Lyca and Madras Talkies, the historical drama film will also have Sobhita Dhulipala, the Made In Heaven star playing a princess. The latest to join the huge star cast include Balaji Shaktivel and Nizhalgal Ravi.

-Times of India