Aishwarya Rai smiles as she awaits her shot on the set of Ponniyin Selvan


As fans of Aishwarya Rai await her historical drama Ponniyin Selvan – 1 in theaters, a behind-the-scenes throwback pic has leaked onto the internet. It features Aishwarya in the getup of her character, Nandini, posing with a team member and the camera.

Aishwarya Rai has a dual avatar in the film, one of Nandini, the Princess of Pazhuvoor who is on a mission to exact revenge; and the other is Nandini’s deaf mother, Mandakini Devi. The film is Aishwarya’s fourth project with director Mani Ratnam after making her film debut with his Tamil director Iruvar and later starring in his Hindi films Guru and Raavan.

Aishwarya Rai with a crew member on the set of Ponniyin Selvan.

The teaser for the highly anticipated film was unveiled in July. The captivating teaser showed beautiful locations from antiquity when the Cholas fought valiantly in a power struggle in the 10th century. Ponniyin Selvan-Part 1 is a film adaptation of the Tamil novel of the same name by Kalki Krishnamurthy which was published in the form of a series in the 1950s.

Ponniyin Selvan boasts an ensemble cast of Vikram, Karthi, Trisha and Jayam Ravi. Vikram will portray the role of Aditya Karikalan, Karthi will play Vanthiyathevan, Trisha will star as Kundavai and Ravi will portray the character of Arunmozhi Varman.

The AR Rahman musical is slated to hit theaters on September 30 in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. The big budget film will be released in several parts. The first song from the film, Kaveri Se Milne, was released last month. Titled Ponni Nadhi in Tamil, the song is an ode to the Kaveri River sung and composed by AR Rahman and depicts Karthi traveling on his horse through a beautiful landscape.

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