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Is Ponniyin Selvan the Tamil Game of Thrones? Mani Ratnam has a hilarious response

Some people are comparing Ponniyin Selvan 1 to the popular fantasy drama series Game of Thrones and calling it 'Tamil Game of Thrones.' But the Mani Ratnam begs to differ.

Ponniyin SelvanThe main cast and crew of Ponniyin Selvan. (Photo: Twitter/AR Rahman)

Filmmaker Mani Ratnam is looking forward to the release of his period action drama Ponniyin Selvan – I. Given the buzz around the film, it seems cine-goers too can’t wait for the film to hit the theaters. There are some who are even comparing it to the popular fantasy drama series Game of Thrones and calling it ‘Tamil Game of Thrones.’ But the filmmaker begs to differ.

While interacting with Film Companion in a new interview, Ratnam refused to accept that Ponniyin Selvan – I is the Tamil version of GOT. Instead, he had a hilarious response to the comparisons. He said, “I think Game of Thrones is the English version of Ponniyin Selvan – I.”

The movie is based on writer Kalki Krishnamurthy’s iconic five-volume novel Ponniyin Selvan. It stars Vikram, Karthi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, R Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu, Prakash Raj, Rahman and R Parthiban. Though he is releasing the first part of the film on September 30, Ratnam has already completed the shoot of part two as well.

Given that the film is based on the five-part Ponniyin Selvan novel series, which spans about 2200 pages, Ratnam said that it can be easily be “done as five or ten different films.” But he joked, “The budget that we had, did not allow more than this. So two is enough.”

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Asked why didn’t he wait for the audience’s reaction to the first part before shooting the second, Ratnam reasoned, “If I had stopped to get all of them back, it would have been impossible. And two, we didn’t look at it as two films but as one story. It was a six-hour film and we tried to do it in one stretch. It was not very difficult.”

Going by trailer and the songs, PS1 looks like a grand spectacle. The film marks Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s return to the big screen after over four years.

First published on: 27-09-2022 at 10:39 IST
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