Mani Ratnam starts shooting for Ponniyin Selvan in Puducherry

The shooting schedule of Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan has started in Pondicherry. After finishing this schedule, the makers will start a lengthy shooting schedule in Srilanka.

The makers of the film had originally decided to shoot the movie overseas but due to date issues, they are planning to shoot some of the minor sequences in Chennai and Pondicherry.

The first schedule of the film was held in Thailand with the presence of ‘Jayam’ Ravi, Karthi, Vikram, Vikram Prabhu, and Jayaram.Ponniyin Selvan also has Trisha, Aishwarya Rai, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Lal, Sarathkumar, Ashwin and Mohan Raman in the pipeline.

After a short break, during which time he finalised a few other supporting actors and other production details, he’s resumed the next schedule. Jayam Ravi and a few junior artistes will be shooting near the beaches in Pondicherry for another six days.

The film is produced by Lyca Productions and stars an ensemble cast including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi in key roles. The film will is an adaptation of the Tamil novel Ponniyin Selvan by Amarar Kalki.

After the news of Keerthy Suresh dropping out of Ponniyin Selvan for Thalaivar 168, south cinema star Trisha has been roped in for this highly anticipated Mani Ratnam project. With Ponniyin Selvan, it will be Trisha’s second film with Mani Ratnam with whom she did Ayudha Ezhuthu earlier.