Mani Ratnam's Ponniyin Selvan In Trouble: Lockdown & Budget Issues Affect The Project?

Akhila R Menon

Ponniyin Selvan, the upcoming Tamil historical drama is the dream project of the veteran filmmaker Mani Ratnam. The making of the magnum opus began in 2019 after multiple delays, to the much-excitement of the Tamil cinema audiences. As per the latest reports, Ponniyin Selvan is now in trouble again due to the budget issues and lockdown.

If the latest reports are to be believed, the Mani Ratnam directorial is in trouble due to the date clashes of the actors and budget issues. Reportedly, the dates allotted by the actors for the project will end very soon, and it cannot be utilized currently due to the all India lockdown. Even when things come back to normal eventually, the project will surely have to be delayed a bit more due to the unavailability of the lead actors' date.

Recently, it was also reported that the Lyca Productions, the banner that bankrolls Ponniyin Selvan has asked director Mani Ratnam to cut down the budget of the project due to financial crisis. However, the cine-goers are confident that the veteran director will handle all these hurdles gracefully and complete the project very soon.

In a recent live interaction with the admires through his wife Suhasini's official Instagram page, Mani Ratnam had revealed that Ponniyin Selvan is being made two parts. The first schedule of the project, which is based on Kalki Krishnamoorthy's popular novel of the same name, was completed in Thailand in January 2020. The next schedule is expected to begin once the all India lockdown comes to an end.

Ponniyin Selvan features an extensive star cast including Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha Krishnan, Vikram Prabhu, and so on in the lead roles. AR Rahman has composed the songs and background score for the project. Ravi Varman is the director of photography. Sreekar Prasad handles the editing.

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