23 September, 2020

Mani Ratnam Set To Can Kalki's Epic Tamil Novel Ponniyin Selvan

After MGR made an announcement in 1950s, Mani Ratnam has finally assembled a team to make a film out of RA Krishnamurthy's famous book that has five volumes and about 2,400 pages!

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Thangam with his picture books
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Mani Ratnam Set To Can Kalki's Epic Tamil Novel Ponniyin Selvan
outlookindia.com
2019-05-14T16:40:37+05:30

Some stories grow so big, they become inevitable. Tamil Nadu’s phenomenally popular epic novel Ponniyin Selvan (The Son of Ponni) is one such tale. The episodic novel written in the 1950s by R.A. Krishnamurthy under his pen name ‘Kalki’, for his weekly called Kalki, has been presented through various forms over the decades: stage plays, picture books, even an ani­mation series in recent years. But, a series of missed chances had still kept it out of the grasp of the formidable Tamil film industry.   

It was, of course, not for lack of trying. Once, the legendary MGR had promised and even publicised a movie based on the novel. But things did not work out. After all, spread over five volumes and about 2,400 pages, Ponniyin Selvan is also a formidable tale to tell. MGR had made his movie announcement back in the 1950s. Now, in a new age, or should we say, the post-Baahubali age, Mani Ratnam has finally assembled a team to give shape to this mega creation with the shoot exp­ected to commence in 2020 once...

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