The director of Vikram Vedha, Pushkar, asserts, “You can’t beat Ponniyin Selvan”
On September 30, both Vikram Vedha and Ponniyin Selvan: I will be released in theatres. Even though the scope and target audiences of the films differ, many have predicted that the competition between the two star-studded films will be noteworthy. Vikram Vedha’s directors and actors, however, are playing it down. Team Vikram Vedha backed PS1 during a recent media interaction in Delhi, with the director claiming that the film is unrivaled.
Ponniyin Selvan: I am based on the popular 1954 novel of the same name by Kalki Krishnamurthy, which is regarded as one of the finest historical novels written in Tamil. Pushkar and Gayathri, the Tamil Nadu-born directors of Vikram Vedha, stated that the text served as an inspiration for them. In response to a question about the film’s box office competition, Pushkar, one half of the directing team, stated, “Ponniyin Selvan is a classic text, a tale of intrigue set during the Chola Empire. That cannot be surpassed. I read this six-volume book back in the day. This text has served as an inspiration for every author from Chennai. We play our role, and they have played theirs. Let’s hope that audiences see both films. Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday comes to mind. I’ll be going to see that film.
Hrithik Roshan, one of the stars of Vikram Vedha, quipped that he was only concerned with his film. “I’ve never read the book. So for me, it’s just Vikram Vedha. The actor joked, “I know nothing else.” However, his co-star Saif Ali Khan echoed their director’s sentiments and added, “Definitely watch both films.”
Ponniyin Selvan, directed by Mani Ratnam, is a fictionalized account of the early years of Rajaraja I, the Chola emperor. Starring Vikram, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Aishwarya Rai, Trisha Krishnan, Aishwarya Lekshmi, and Sobjita Dhulipala, the film also features other notable South Indian actors and actresses. Vikram Vedha remakes Pushkar and Gayathri’s Tamil hit with Vijay Sethupathi and R Madhavan. Also featured in the remake are Radhika Apte, Yogita Bihani, and Rohit Saraf.
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