As the most-anticipated Pan-India movie that the entire audience was waiting for hits the theaters on 30th September, Ponniyin Selvan – 1 has made its way to Astro First now!

There’s no single doubt that the resurgence of the Chola Dynasty was perfectly delivered without a flinch by the ace filmmaker, Mani Ratnam. From breaking all records and emerging as the biggest hit of all time at the box office, PS-1 is a masterpiece.

With that being said, the magnum opus is an adaptation of author Kalki Krishnamurthy's 1955 novel Ponniyin Selvan, which tells about the early days of Arulmozhivarman, who later became the great Chola emperor Rajaraja Chola I. The efforts to bring the story to the screens began way before Mani Ratnam entered the film industry.

Late actor-politician MGR tried to make this historical drama and had paid a certain amount for the rights to make a movie in 1958 before Mani Ratnam decided to do so, but unfortunately, he met with an accident, and things didn't go as planned. In 2017, a comic book was published despite speculations of an animated production.

Set in the 11th century of the Chola empire, the movie starts in a bloody warzone portraying Aditha Karikalan (Vikram) and his troops waging a battle against Rashtrakutas. While celebrating the victory after winning the battle; Aditha assigned his most trustable friend Vallavarayan Vanthiyathevan (Karthi) to convey a message to his bedridden father, who is also the King of the Chola dynasty, Sundara Chola.

How beautiful is the storyline of Ponniyin Selvan?

To fill in the blanks, #PonniyinSelvan is now available on Astro First. Rent & stream #PonniyinSelvan on Astro First (CH 480) & #OnDemand Store.

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