Cast: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Trisha, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prakash Raj
Director: Mani Ratnam
Ponniyin Selvan or PS movie series is a work of art by Mani Ratnam on the historical events of the Chola dynasty. The first part was a huge hit in the southern part and as per the first-day box office collection, part 2 is also set to break the records.
The spectacle scale of the movie is rightly supported by the underwire plots. The narrative of PS-2 is more straightforward. The visual grandeur will surely make your eyes pop with amazement. The splendor is well controlled by Mani Ratnam’s style of direction which is constantly engaging and entertaining.
PS-2 starts with a grand opening that magnificently depicts the first encounter between young Aditha Karikalan and orphan girl Nandini. She wanders inadvertently into the kingdom and eventually catches the attention of the Chola prince. After this, the film delves into the multiple conspiracies, internal conflicts, and secret relationships that jeopardize the kingdom.
The storyline keeps a firm grip on the attention of the audience. You will immerse in a wide range of dramatic events that form the foundation of this epic narrative of ambition, treachery, remorse, and redemption. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” – a recurring phrase that resonates throughout the film. The Chola kingdom is overwhelmed by numerous opponents who are eagerly waiting to strike and form alliances. Can the Cholas outsmart their enemies and emerge victorious? The answer to this question remains covered in uncertainty, but the journey promises to be a thrilling one.
Performance-wise, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gave a convincing performance in both the characters she played – Nandini and Mandakini. She conveyed her love and hate for Vikram with equal ease. Vikram also gave the unpredictable prince life on screen. Jayam Ravi and Karthi also shine as their characters.