Mani Ratnam: Back with a bang!

Breaking news, Breaking news, Breaking news! Top stars Vijay, Telugu star Mahesh Babu and Arya will reportedly star in veteran director Mani Ratnam’s next project which is based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s popular Tamil historical novel ‘Ponniyin Selvan’. A historic fiction featuring mostly real historical characters and real historical incidents, Ponniyin Selvan narrates the story of Arulmozhivarman, later crowned as Raja Raja Chola, one of the greatest kings in Tamil history.

Vijay will play the courageous warrior Vallavarayan Vandiyatheyan and Mahesh Babu is likely to play king Aditha Karikalan. The role of Arulmozhi Varman (who later becomes Raja Raja Chola) will  be played by Arya. Anushka is likely to be one of the female leads.

It is learned that the film is planned with a whopping budget of Rs. 100 crores. As per sources, Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies is likely to produce this high budget film. Noted Tamil writer Jayamohan will pen the dialogues. The Ponniyin Selvan team will include Mani’s favourites A.R. Rahman, Santosh Sivan, Sabu Cyril and Sreekar Prasad. Shooting for this Tamil-Telugu bilingual is expected to begin in October.