Mani Ratnam not doing any film before 'Ponniyin Selvan', denies rumours on 'Roja' sequel

Mani Ratnam
COVID-19 is having a devastating effect on movie industry worldwide. Film shootings are running out of time to complete and completed movies are unable to see the movie screens.

Many directors are postponing their films due to the Coronavirus but Mani Ratnam is going shoot a schedule of his next film in one go. We are not talking about his dream project 'Ponniyin Selvan'.

We hear that the ace director is planning to do another romantic movie before resuming the work on 'Ponniyin Selvan'. Based on the novel 'Ponniyin Selvan' written by Kalki, the film stars Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bacchan, Trisha, Jayaram, Jayam Ravi, Aditi Rao Hydari, Karthi, Vikram Prabhu and others. An ensemble, the film marks the reunion of Aishwarya and Mani 10 years after their film Raavan. The forthcoming movie is co-produced by Subaskaran Allirajah and Mani Ratnam under their production banners Lyca Productions and Madras Talkies respectively. The film will be a two part film, with the first part releasing next year.

The team has completed two schedules in Thailand, Chennai and Hyderabad so far which accounts about 40% completion. Yet most of the actors and war scenes of ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ have to be filmed. Since it tough to follow social distancing in such scenes, it is reported that the them will resume shooting once the situation is fully back to normal and it might even take a while.

Thus reports suggest Mani Ratnam is planning to shoot a new movie before ‘Ponniyin Selvan’. Reports says it is going to be sequel to blockbuster hit ‘Roja’ released in 1992. Sources reports Mani is going to cast Aravind Samy and Dulquer Salman, who is going to play young age Aravind Samy in the forthcoming. Popular media reports, when inquired about this, sources closed to Mani Ratnam said, "Mani Ratnam’s dream movie is ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ and no other movie is planned to be made before that".

Hence we believe there is no other movie from Mani Ratnam before Ponniyin Selvan and even if they do it will not be a sequel to Roja.


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