Ponniyin Selvan-1, the ambitious film by renowned director Mani Ratnam, has premiered today. Our PS-1 review is out now. Check our Ponniyin Selvan review.
Ponniyin Selvan, a book by renowned Tamil author Kalki Krishnamurthy that extols the qualities of the almost 1,000-year-old Chola empire, serves as the inspiration for the film. Who attempts to take the kingdom? How would Vikram's (Vikram) king Aditya Karikaaludu attempt to defend it? What part does Trisha's Kundavai play? How does Nandini's role fit into the overall scheme? How well-known is Arunmozhi Varma (Jayam Ravi)? You must see the movie in the nearby cinemas to learn that.
The principal actors in this historical play all gave commendable performances. While Jayam Ravi received the finest introduction in the film as Arunmozhi Varma, Jaykram is still an effective screen presence as the Chola ruler.
The offered comic-coated character is brilliantly portrayed by Karthi. Both Trisha and Aishwarya Rai look stunning on television and performed admirably in their roles. Other performers including Prakash Raj, Sarath Kumar, Jayaram, Aishwarya Lekshmi, and Shobita Dhulipala succeed in their short screen time.
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Not as anticipated, however, AR Rahman's music is alright. Rahman's contribution to the movie is essentially nonexistent, except for one song and the background music for a few sequences.
Through his cinematography, Ravi Varman tries to lavishly depict the enormous sets created for the film, yet his framing is unoriginal. Even though A Sreekar Prasad's editing is strong, the length could have been reduced by nearly ten minutes.
Last but not least, although Mani Ratnam's direction has some stunning moments, the film suffers from a dull plot devoid of any memorable moments.
Overall, Ponniyin Selvan-1 is a dull and unemotional viewing that lacks emotional resonance. It will be challenging for individuals who haven't read the novel to understand the characters, plot, and events, and it might not be interesting to non-Tamil audiences. With the exception of a couple of blocks that helped pave the way for the second half in the second half, PS-1 has nothing noteworthy to boast about.