Mani Ratnam has been talking about making his dream big budget historical fiction film based on Ponniyin Selvan novel written by Kalki Krishnamurthy. He achieved his dream after failing to take it on to the floors twice with interesting casting choices. The movie released as Ponniyin Selvan-1 on 30th September and Tamil people have owned it up. At Overseas markets the movie, Ponniyin Selvan-1 has created havoc that no other Tamil film has been able to do so.
Ponniyin Selvan-1 took a grand opening in all traditional Tamil Overseas Markets like Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and surprisingly outperformed in US, UK, Australia, NZ, UAE and France. Ponniyin Selvan-1 records in the Overseas Markets are so huge for Tamil films that trade pundits are in shock and awe looking at the fan frenzy the movie could awoke. Movie held well in US, UK, Aus and NZ markets even on Monday, a working day. It collected 4.3 Million USD till date in North America and if second weekend delivers another one million it could easily become the top movie in North America crossing 2.0.
Ponniyin Selvan-1 also became highest watched Tamil Movie in France, UK crossing Vikram, starring Kamal Hassan, Vijay Sethupathy, Fahad Fassil. In UK movie could hit 1 Million Euro mark, it has already hit 850k mark. In Australia also movie collected over 1.2 Million Aus Dollars and at UAE, it debuted just behind Kabali, 2.0 and Vikram.
In Indian markets, Ponniyin Selvan-1 is doing great in Tamil Nadu and it held up well on Monday and it is expected to do 80% of Friday. Trade pundits have announced that movie collected 250 crores gross Worldwide, till date. Chiyaan Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sarathkumar, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Trisha Krishnan, Prabhu, Vikram Prabhu played important roles in the film. Music for the film is composed, arranged and produced by AR Rahman.