The man of few words, Indian director Mani Ratnam is all geared up for the release of his upcoming period drama Ponniyin Selvan Part 1. And during a recent media interaction, the director talked about everything, from the downfall of Bollywood to his movie, the director reiterated this facts.
Mani Ratnam had initiated this big project even before the Pandemic had hit India, but due to the lockdown, Ratnam had to wait for things to fall back into places. And while talking about the same, he said if a film is bad, it’s bad. One can’t use the pandemic as an excuse. Furthermore said that the pandemic had hit everyone. Hence, it’s not at all an argument to say one could have made a better film if not for the pandemic.
Ratnam believes that a director job is to deliver against all odds. And maybe Bollywood took it easy and blamed the pandemic and didn’t take any any of their mistakes into consideration. The Ponniyin Selvan director made a note worthy remark as ever since the theatres have been reopened, most of the Hindi films have failed at the box office.
Reason being their story and poor direction. Film like Ek Villian, Heropanti 2, Liger should not have even been approved but such films were not only made but the actors had the confidence to even promote it.
However, filmmaker Mani Ratnam is confident that Ponniyin Selvan Part 1 will impress the Indian audience. The film marks the reunion of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Mani Ratnam after Guru in 2007. The duo earlier also collaborated for Raavan co-starring Abhishek Bachchan and Vikram. The first part of the film will go on the floor on September 30, 2022.
Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus is based on the struggles within the Chola empire. The film is set in the uproaring period before Ponniyin Selvan, the son of the Kaveri river, also known as Rajaraja Chola, who went on to become one of the greatest emperors in Indian history. The music of the film has been composed by the legendary AR Rahman and the choreography is by Ravi Varman.