If rumours are to be believed, Aishwarya Rai has signed Mani Ratnam’s next period movie. As per a media reports, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has given the final nod to her first director Mani Ratnam and the movie is an adaptation of Kalki Krishnamurthy’s novel Ponniyin Selvan (The Son of Ponni). “It’s a big-budget historical drama, which is being planned on the lines of the Baahubali franchise. It’s likely to be a bilingual project and star several other big names from the South Indian film industry. Mani approached his muse Aishwarya for the female lead and she signed on the dotted line,” as per a daily.
While Mani Ratnam will make a pronouncement of the movie around the festival of Pongal, which falls on January 14, reports are widespread that the director is keen on getting Amitabh Bachchan on board and although Mani Ratnam has narrated the story to Sr. Bachchan, the latter is yet to confirm.
While the period drama narrates the story of Arulmozhivarman, who was crowned as Rajaraja Chola I during the 10th and 11th century, this film will have an ensemble cast and as per a media reports, “The book has five volumes, but the makers are planning to conceptualize it as three installments on screen and Mani has narrated the script to Amitji. He is taking his time to decide whether he would like to do it. A confirmation from his end is yet to come but he has liked the idea.”
If Amitabh Bachchan gives a nod, it will be fascinating to see Aishwarya and Amitabh on-screen together.
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