How Mani Ratnam Perfectly Re-enacted Kalki’s Ponniyin Selvan On-Screen in PS1. See comparison with official illustrations


When Kalki’s Ponniyin Selvan was first published, it was not as a novel but as a serialization in the weekly Kalki from 1950-54. At that time, along with the words, illustrations were printed, depicting scenes and characters from the story. These illustrations of Maniam, and their later recreations over the years, formed the basis of how the characters’ appearances were defined in people’s minds. In the film adaptation, Ponniyin Selvan: I, Mani Ratnam has painstakingly recreated many of these looks and scenes, making sure to stay as true to its source material as possible. Also read: Ponniyin Selvan I’s Post-Movie Scene Explained: Who Is That Mysterious Woman?

The haircut of Aishwarya Rai's Nandini in the film mirrors the illustrations.
The haircut of Aishwarya Rai’s Nandini in the film mirrors the illustrations.

The greatest example of Mani Ratnam’s attention to detail are the elaborate hairstyles of Princess Kundavai, played by Trisha Krishnan and Nandini, played by Aishwarya Rai. Both characters look a lot like their original versions, down to the last detail. Sobhita Dhulipala’s Vaanathi not only looks and wears the same jewelry, but also drapes her saree in the same way her character did in the original illustrations.

Vaanathi, as drawn by Maniam in the magazine and as portrayed by Sobhita Dhulipala in the film.
Vaanathi, as drawn by Maniam in the magazine and as portrayed by Sobhita Dhulipala in the film.
Even the hilt of the sword wielded by Vikram's character has been recreated in the film.
Even the hilt of the sword wielded by Vikram’s character has been recreated in the film.

The detailing has extended to the armor, weapons, and even their armbands of the male characters, even though some facial features and facial hair do differ. For example, both Aditya Karikalan (Vikram) and the title character Ponniyin Selvan aka Arulmozhi Varman (Jayam Ravi) look slightly different in the film compared to their likeness created by Maniam 70 years ago. However, the armor and jewelry are similar. The crowning glory is that even the hilt of Karikalan’s sword has been recreated with the same details.

Vallavaraiyan's iconic pose was recreated for Karthi's character poster for the film.
Vallavaraiyan’s iconic pose was recreated for Karthi’s character poster for the film.

Everything from the hair to the bracelets of KarthiaVallavaraiyan’s character was book-accurate in Ponniyin Selvan: I. In fact, the character poster for Vallavaraiyan showed him in the exact same pose as the illustration, on top of a horse, with wavy hair, riding along the Kaveri (Ponni) river. The photo had become iconic over time and Mani Ratnam made sure to recreate it.

Nambi's tilak, tripe, and man's bun in the film are all book-true.
Nambi’s tilak, tripe, and man’s bun in the film are all book-true.

The similarity in details extends to secondary characters as well. Even a relatively smaller character like Jayaram’s Nambi has been adapted on screen by Mani Ratnam in complete fidelity to the original subject, down to his tilak, belly and the peculiar bun he had. In the case of Emperor Sundar Chola (Prakash Raj), even the bed on which he rests has been recreated to perfection in the Mani Ratnam film.

Jayam Ravi's Arulmozhi Varman is the only character who looks very different from the drawings, but even then he keeps his tilak and jewelry of a similar style.
Jayam Ravi’s Arulmozhi Varman is the only character who looks very different from the drawings, but even then he keeps his tilak and jewelry of a similar style.

Ponniyin Selvan: I released in theaters on Friday with critical acclaim and packed houses. The movie is already made 230 crore worldwide in just three days and is on track to become one of the highest-grossing Tamil movies of all time. The second, concluding part will be released next year.

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