Mani Ratnam is a famous South Indian director who's currently working on his dream project 'Ponniyin Selvan'.

A decade ago, Mani Ratnam started the project with Vijay in the lead. However, the project was halted after a week due to budget constraints.

Now the director has revived the long due project once again with multi-star casts such as Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Vikram, Aishwarya Rai, Trisha, Aditi Rao, and many others.

Mani Ratnam's first choice for the lead was Vijay once again, but the actor refused the offer as he couldn't provide a call sheet for a year.

Meanwhile, Mahesh Babu was approached to play the second lead in the movie. The actor refused the offer as he doesn't prefer working as the second lead and the offered payment was lower than his current payment.

Source: Cineulagam