The fetish of making a film like ‘Baahubali’ has caught many directors and star heroes in recent times. Though Bollywood and Tamil industry have already given a try and failed, still there are those filmmakers who want to try again. Surprisingly legendary director Maniratnam also joined this brigade.
All of a sudden, Mani sir has taken the onus of making historical novel Ponniyin Selvan into a film with the same title. The film deals with the story of Chola dynasty’s hailed emperor Rajaraja Chola’s earlier days in life before he became a great person. Guess what, our top director tried all his might and force to get a Telugu star aboard this project, but nothing worked out.
While the film has the likes of Vikram, Karthi, Jayam Ravi from Kollywood brigade, it has Aishwarya Rai, Trisha and Keerthi Suresh as heroines. Veteran actors Amitabh Bachhan and Mohan Babu are playing crucial guest appearances. Maniratnam is said to have tried the likes of Mahesh, Ram Charan and even Prabhas for the role being played by Karthi and Jayam Ravi but somehow none agreed to do it.
With Kollywood considering this film as their own Baahubali, which is going to get rolled by December 12th this year in Thailand, many wonder why Telugu heroes missed the bus. Some say that they don’t have trust in Maniratnam who is delivering only flops these days.