This is a movie that Indian film fans have been waiting for. After the Massive success of RRR and the Fantasy epic Baahubali film series, the new film in the same genre — making waves even before its release — is Ponniyin Selvan: I (Ponni's beloved), by acclaimed director Mani Ratnam.
Made in the Tamil language (but also releasing in Finland in Telugu and Hindi), and based on Writer Kalki's epic five-part book series of the same name, the magnum opus is not only drawing comparisons to Baahubali, but also the Game of Thrones series, for its mix of history, action, romance, political intrigue, secrets, treachery and characters.
What is this movie about?
The epic action drama is, unlike the pure Fantasy stories of Game of Thrones or Baahubali, based on history, centered on the early days of Arulmozhivarman, a powerful Indian king who went on to become Rajaraja Chola I of the Chola empire. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chola_dynasty
The Cholas were one of the longest-ruling world dynasties for almost 1,500 years between the 3rd century BC and 13th century AD. They were like the Mughals of the south, governing southern India and extending its political influence to South-East and East Asia.
The book series by Kalki, the pen name of writer, poet and journalist Ramaswamy Krishnamurthy, came out between 1950 and 1955, more than 40 years before the release of George RR Martin's first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire.
The novels' Enduring Popularity for more than 70 years — it is a best-seller even today — among Tamil Readers and those who have devoured its English translations, is thanks to its heady mix of great storytelling, simple but Poetic language, complex characters and plot twists at regular intervals, with rarely a lull in the story.
Making of a magnum opus
Touted to be a game-changer for Indian Films as a whole, the two-part franchise has been made on a budget of 5 billion rupees ($62 million), and its digital streaming rights alone have been sold for 1.25bn rupees ($15m ). The film's soundtrack is by Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire fame), who first rose to fame for his stunning score of Ratnam's 1992 film Roja.
When's the global premiere and Finnish premiere?
Ponniyin Selvan: I hits theaters worldwide, including Finland this Friday (30th September 2022), and the director has also stated that the second part in the film series will be released six to nine months after the first.
It will be the first Tamil movie to be released on IMAX and dubbed versions in Telugu and Hindi will also be released simultaneously.
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The movie is releasing in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu. Please book your tickets now at: https://www.finnkino.fi/event/303977/title/ps-1_ponniyin_selvan_part_one/
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