Aishwarya Rai’s co-star in Ponniyin Selvan I R Pratibhaban has shared some unseen pictures with her from the sets of the film. While Aishwarya has the dual role of Pazhuvur Rani Nandini and her deaf and mute mother Mandakini Devi, R Pratiban plays Chinna Pajuvetrayar, the chief in-charge of Thanjavur Fort in the film. Read also: Aishwarya Rai Reveals Aaradhya Bachchan’s Reaction When Mani Ratnam Let Her Say ‘Action’ On The Sets Of Ponniyin Selvan I
In candid pictures, Aishwarya is seen dressed in a red silk sari and heavy traditional jewellery. She is seen clicking selfies with her co-stars including Tamil actor R Pratiban and posing for them. One picture shows Aishwarya sitting with a portable fan to beat the heat and looking at pictures on R Pratibhaban’s cellphone. Another picture shows several supporting actors in costume, sitting on the floor during the break.
Aishwarya said at a press conference in Mumbai that while working on Ponniyin Selvan I, she was like an “honest student” who faithfully interpreted director Mani Ratnam’s vision. He said, “It is really our job as an actor. It is the dream of any artist to get an opportunity to be a part of it. Everyone here will echo my sentiment and are humble, creatively satisfied and privileged to own oneself. Pait believes what we have got. To be a part of his dream film.”
Ponniyin Selvan I also stars Vikram, Karthi, Trisha Krishnan, Prakash Raj, Jayaram, Jayam Ravi, Sobhita Dhulipala and Aishwarya Lakshmi. Based on the 1955 novel by Kalki Krishnamurthy, the much-awaited Tamil historical drama chronicles the early days of Arulmozhivarman, a powerful king from the south who became the great Chola emperor Rajaraja Chola I.
Backed by Mani Ratnam’s banner Madras Talkies and Alliraja Subhaskaran’s Lyca Productions, Ponniyin Selvan I is slated to hit the theaters on 30 September. It will release in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.
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