PS-1 Director Mani Ratnam Spills Beans On How He Brought Together The Cast Of The Film
People are desperately waiting for the release of critically acclaimed filmmaker Mani Ratnam’s Magnum Opus Ponniyin Selvan 1 (AKA PS-1). This epic is the adaptation of the novel by the same name written by the well-known writer Kalki Krishnamurthy. The film will be released in two parts with the first one being slated to release on September 30. The filmmaker has put everything out for this film, especially in assembling a loaded cast.
The cast consists of big names like Aishwarya Rai, Trisha Krishnan and Vikram. Making this film was a huge task and the director Mani Ratnam himself explained how the team had to work hard to present the grandeur on the big screen. He opened up and told why he decided to make this film and how did he assemble the star cast. From Baahubali to RRR, large-scale grandeur showcasing films has become the forte of Indian cinema hence there would be even more pressure on the filmmaker.
Mani Ratnam also explained that the film will have a modern touch even though it is a period film. He said, “We have tried to be just as real as possible. The novel was written 70 years back, and it has been the bestselling book ever since, so it’s a huge responsibility and we’ve tried to stay genuine to it.” he further added “I think the issues that have been dealt with in the book are very much contemporary, the need for power and the struggle to achieve it. A lot of it is completely relatable.”
Coming to the cast he explained that casting wasn’t a big issue and it went relatively smooth. He said it was a wonderful experience to work with these big stars and they were all interested in the film from the beginning. He said “I didn’t look at it that way, they were all very keen to be a part of it, and they were wonderful. Practically it’s a whole industry coming together so that’s wonderful.”
He also commented on things like the increase in production of large-scale pan-Indian films and how it impacts the cinema of the country. “All you do is make a film as well as you can, and if someone outside your region can relate to it, it will travel. Because with the pandemic, people have started watching other language films too and that has opened a lot of doors.” He explained.