As the release date of Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan approaches, the film’s cast and crew have been promoting the historical drama as much as possible. From changing the names of their Twitter handles to attending interviews and events, the stars are up and running. The film’s cast will also soon embark on an extensive tour of India’s major cities as part of a publicity campaign. In the midst of it all, in one of his media interactions, while promoting Ponniyin Selvan, Karthi revealed what makes the film different from other action dramas of the era.
Karthi, who plays Vanthiyathevan, a warrior prince of the Vaanar clan in the film, has said that despite being a historical film, director Mani Ratnam has not relied solely on VFX. Unlike most other historical movies that make a lot of use of VFX, there was less emphasis on VFX in Ponniyin Selvan and that’s what sets it apart.
Karthi said they tried their best to film in historical and live locations instead, making the film more realistic. He said there was a lot of emphasis on the story, which he says has a unique touch. His statements have raised expectation among fans for the film.
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In a separate interview with television host and actress Ramya Subramanian, Karthi also said that Ponniyin Selvan has been a dream for Tamil cinema for about 60 years and that making and releasing the film is special for the collective Tamil society as a whole.
Ponniyin Selvan is based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s 1955 novel of the same name and will be released in two parts, the first of which will be released on September 30. Along with Karthi, Vikram, Aishwarya Rai, Trisha and Jayam Ravi appear in key roles.
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