Filmmaker Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus Puneyan Selvan: I, based on Kalki’s organic novel, is having a strong run at the box office. According to trade sources, the film has grossed a lot ₹300 crore globally, while in Tamil Nadu, it has breached it ₹100 crore mark. The film, also called PS1, released in theaters worldwide on September 30 in five languages—Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. Also read: Ponniyin Selvan I described the post-film scene
Trade analyst Trinath confirmed that Ponniyin Selvan: has earned more than me ₹300 crore globally. The period drama tells the story of the early life of Arulmuzhivarman (Punyan Selvan), who later became the Chola emperor Raja Raja I (947-1014). Industry tracker Ramesh Bala also said in a tweet that Puneyan Saylan: I have crossed over ₹100 crore in Tamil Nadu. However, the worldwide box office figures of Ponniyin Selvan: I, SS Rajamouli directorial RRR, and KGF Chapter 2 still pale in comparison to Yash. Both the films grossed more ₹600 crore net total.
“PS1 is doing exceptionally well. The (Durga) Puja holidays are drawing audiences in droves and shows are going on all week at homes. Globally, the film has crossed ₹300 crore and in Tamil Nadu, it is over ₹100 crores. This is shaping up to be the biggest blockbuster in Mani Ratnam’s career,” Trinath said.
Ponniyin Selvan: I was made on a huge budget and has already proved to be the best Tamil opening of 2022 with a worldwide gross opening. ₹80 crores. The film also stars Jayam Ravi, Vikram, Karthi, Aishwarya Rai, Trisha, Subhita Dhoolipala and Aishwarya Lakshmi among others. The film marked Aishwarya’s comeback to Tamil cinema after a decade. Aishwarya is seen playing two roles – Nandini and her mute mother Mandakini Devi. Upon release, both audiences and critics were impressed with Aishwarya’s performance.
Mani Ratnam recently said in an interview that he is happy that he can split the film into two parts and is releasing it now because the audience is ready to watch the film in multiple parts.
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