Part 1 of ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ The Chola kingdom is under attack from both internal and external forces, and with crown prince Aaditha Karikalan, his younger brother Arunmozhi Varman, and the emperor, Sundara Cholar, all separated by circumstances, it is up to a messenger to ensure the kingdom’s safety. Can he complete his mission, especially with Karikalan’s ex-girlfriend Nandhini plotting to destabilise the entire Chola empire?
“Ponniyin Selvan-1” Movie Review
The film is based on Kalki’s famous novel “Ponniyin Selvan”. Actor Prakash Raj as Sundara Chozhan, the emperor of the Chola Empire, has two sons and one daughter, Adiththa Karikalan (Vikram), Arulmozhi Varman (Jayam Ravi), Kundavai (Trisha). Adiththa Karikalan, who is continuously winning the war, realizes that his father’s kingdom is in trouble and entrusts the responsibility to the Vallavarayan Vanthiyadevan (Karthi) to convey this news to his father.
Karthi also tries to convey this news to Sundara Chozhan without anyone knowing passing through many soldiers. At that time he meets Nandini (Aishwarya Rai). Nandini, understanding the purpose of Vanthiyadevan’s visit, informs the Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar. In the meantime, Vanthiyadevan discovers that, Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar (Sarathkumar), Chinna Pazhuvettaraiyar (Parthiban) and the minor princes trying to make Madhuranthagan (Raghuman) the King lead by Chola Army.
Vanthiyadevan tells this to Kundavai. Kundavai entrusts the responsibility to Vallavarayan Vanthiyadevan to bring Arulmozhi Varman here. In the meantime, the Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar also organizes an army to summon Arunmozhi Varman. In the end, did Vallavarayan Vanthiyadevan bring Arulmozhi Varman safely? How do the Chola soldiers get out of this ruse? Has the plan of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar been completed? Tells the rest of the story of the film.
Vikram, who plays Adiththa Karikalan, has been praised for his unique performance. Karthi, who comes as Vallavarayan Vanthiyadevan, becomes unique. From his spoken lines to his body language to his dancing, he has been receiving accolades. Aishwarya Rai who appears as Nandini looks beyond beautiful. Her performance of the cunning character is outstanding. Jayam Ravi who plays Arulmozhi Varman has given a natural performance. The second half is taken to the next level by Jayam Ravi acting. Trisha, who comes in squatting form, gets everyone’s praises for her beauty and acting.
Sarathkumar and Parthiban who come as Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar and Chinna Pazhuvettaraiyar have given their mature performances. Although Sundara Cholan Prakash Raj appears in few places, he has done his job well. And many of the characters in the film have done their job well. Elephants and horses have been specially trained and recorded in the film.
Mani Ratnam has adapted the screenplay based on Kalki’s famous novel “Ponniyin Selvan”. He has surprised the fans by telling the big novel at the right time for the film. The choice of character he has chosen is excellent. Even if it seems like there is a sag at some places, the fact that the story is told to be enjoyed to such an extent is appreciated by all. Ravivarman’s cinematography is an added strength to the film. The scenery transports everyone back to that period. Shortly after the start of the film, the scene of Vikram sitting on a horse and speaking in 360 degrees has attracted everyone’s attention.
Composer A.R. Rahman’s songs and background score keep the film flowing. His background music at many places is a strength of the film. The background music for Nandini and Kundavai’s characters further accentuates the character’s character. The art of the film takes the audience on a journey to that period. Thota Dharani’s artistry is appreciated by all.
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