Shobita Dhulipala in Mani Ratnamâ€™s period film
Bollywood actress Sobhita Dhulipala is the latest to join the cast of Mani Ratnamâ€™s multi-starrer Ponniyin Selvan. Based on Kalki Krishnamurthyâ€™s fictional historic novel, which is set during the Chola dynasty, the multi-lingual project is being made in two parts, of which, the first will release in 2021. The filmâ€™s shoot took off in Thailand on December 11, with actors from the south Indian film industry and Bollywood, including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vikram, Karthi, Trisha and Jayam Ravi, being part of it. Sobhita, who is a trained classical dancer, has been roped in for a pivotal role of a princess who is a master of Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam. Aishwarya is playing the antagonist Nandini,
a woman hungry for power, who plots the downfall of the Cholas through her manipulation of her husband, Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar. â€œMost of her portions are with Vikram, who plays the role of prince Aditya Karikalan. They had worked together in Raavanan,â€
a source informs. The Thailand schedule wrapped up in January and now the team will be shooting on sets as well as real locations across India through the year.
â€œThe film is being made in two parts, like the BÃ£hubali franchise, with the first part releasing in 2021. There will be a lot of visual effects,â€ the source said, adding that the
cast had many workshops, with Aishwaryaâ€™s focussed on body language and posture training and Sobhitaâ€™s to enhance her classical dance techniques.