Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s reunion with ace director Mani Ratnam with Ponniyin Selvan, made for a happy news a few months back. Now, as the pandemic has brought things to a halt, the film might be shot in a long schedule to meet the set deadline of 2021. Below are the deets about the same.
Mani Ratnam, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and the team of Ponniyin Selvan completed two schedules of the film. The third schedule was about to begin in Puducherry. But the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus brought things to stand still. Now according to Shiva Anand, executive producer of Madras Talkies, confirmed that they will shoot the remaining portions in one long schedule.
According to a report in Mid-Day, Shiva Anand said, “Like everybody else in the industry, we are waiting for the shoot to resume and talk to the actors about their dates. It will be difficult to coordinate the schedules, but it’s our job to figure out a way. We have no intention of compromising on the film. We will release the first part next year, though we don’t have clarity on the release date yet.”
The report also quoted a source as saying, “He (Mani Ratnam) is hoping to get bulk dates from Vikram, Aishwarya, Karthi and the ensemble cast so that the film can be wrapped up in one go. If all goes well, they will begin the Puducherry leg with Vikram and Aishwarya. If they don’t get the necessary permission for an outdoor shoot, they might change the venue to the AVM Studios in Chennai.”
Ponniyin Selvan starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is based on a period drama novel by Kalki Krishnamurthy. The film that stars Aishwarya in the double role also stars Trisha, Jayam Ravi, Sobhita Dhulipala and Aishwarya Lekshmi.