Tamil-language historical epic drama, Ponniyin Selvan: I (PS-1), which was released recently, has created records by becoming the highest-grossing film of 2022. Directed by Mani Ratnam, the film is produced by Ratnam and Subaskaran Allirajah under Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions banner, as a two-part film based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s 1955 renowned novel, Ponniyin Selvan.
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PS-1 released on the silver screens, worldwide, on September 30, 2022. Both critics and the audience appreciated the film, with cinema houses being packed for weeks after the release. As per media reports, the OTT rights for the film have been bought already for a whopping Rs. 125 crores. Post the theatrical run, fans can watch Ponniyin Selvan: I (PS-1) on Amazon Prime Video. The movie will be available for rent on Amazon Prime Video starting Nov 4.
Fans can watch Ponniyin Selvan: I (PS-1), in Hindi, on Amazon Prime Video from November 26, 2022. Official announcement on Twitter said, “the wait ends! bringing to you this epic tale of power, glory and grandeur. #PS1onPrime in Hindi, rent to watch now! Coming to Prime on Nov 26.”
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PS-1 boasts a stellar cast which includes eminent names like Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Jayaram, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, R. Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu, Prakash Raj, Parthiban, and others. Besides this, the crew of the film includes renowned personalities who have contributed to the film.
Mani Ratnam has written the screenplay of PS-1 along with Jayamohan and Kumaravel. The film has also been directed by Mani Ratnam. Oscar-award-winning A. R. Rahman has given the music for PS-1, while the cinematography has been done by Ravi Varman, production design by Thota Tharani, and editing by A. Sreekar Prasad.
The story of PS-1 revolves around the early life of Chola prince Arulmozhi Varman, popularly known as Kind Rajaraja I, for his rule in 947–1014. Chola dynasty, in the 10th dynasty, ruled in South India under the reign of Emperor Sundara Chozhar. His sons, Aditha Karikalan and Arulmozhi Varman have planned the conquests of Kanchi and Lanka to become a part of their empire, however, a brewing conspiracy makes its way and bothers Aditha Karikalan. He sends his friend Vallavaraiyan Vandiyadevan, the prince of the Vaanar Clan, to investigate, who upon reaching the fortress of Kadamboor, gets to know about the plan made by Chola treasurer and minister of finance, which would stop Aditha Karikalan from ascending the throne. What happens post are a series of events which lead to turmoil and dealing with the plot for the one to take the throne.
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The story of Ponniyin Selvan had been showcased on the silver screen by several filmmakers. The legendary M. G. Ramachandran (MGR) was also a part of a film in the 1950s, which unfortunately did not make an impression due to financial reasons. Moreover, Mani Ratnam had adapted the novel twice before in the 1980s and 2010s, however, the efforts did not pay off. This release in 2022, touted as his dream project, was planned in 2019 when Lyca funded the film. The production of PS-1 began in December 2019 and the shoot ended in September 2021. The release of the film was delayed due to production issues caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Makers earlier planned to release this as one film, however, the decision to make into two parts was announced later.
PS-1 has made a remarkable success at the box office by grossing over ₹450 crores and becoming the highest-grossing Tamil film of 2022. The team took to Twitter to share the same with a message that said, “History in the making. #PS1 hits a staggering 450+ crores at the box office. Thank you for all the love and support!” The film also becomes the fourth highest-grossing film in the Tamil language of all time.
History in the making 🐯🔥#PS1 🗡️ hits a staggering 450+ crores at the box office ✨
Thank you for all the love and support!#PonniyinSelvan1 🗡️ #ManiRatnam @arrahman @MadrasTalkies_ @LycaProductions @tipsofficial @tipsmusicsouth pic.twitter.com/XXAApSo2Ij
— Lyca Productions (@LycaProductions) October 19, 2022
Besides Tamil, PS-1 has also been released in Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam languages; and the narration has been done by popular personalities like Anil Kapoor, Rana Daggubati, Kamal Haasan, Prithviraj Sukumaran, and Jayant Kaikini.
PS-1 IMDb Rating: 8.3/10
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