Here’s why Rajinikanth’s appeal for Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar in the movie PS1 got rejected by Mani Ratnam


The most upcoming much awaited first part of the main franchise Ponniyin Selvan has yesterday launched its audio and trailer in a show at Chennai Nehru Indoor Stadium. Several stars were roped in the launching of its trailer including Rajanikanth, Kamal Haasan, Anil Kapoor, Rana Daggubatti, Jayant Kaikini And Prithviraj Sukumaran.

The Robot man Rajinikanth there unraveled a surprising secret about the movie with expressing a huff, that the director Mani Ratnam has refused him to take part in the film.

The superstar, confesses his ardent love for the original novel series from which the film has been adopted, Amarar Kalki’s Ponniyin Selvan novel series. And he wanted to be part of Mani Ratnam’s film adaptation specifically appealed for the role of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar but got rejected! The actor further clarifies why he got refused.

Speaking at the event, Rajini spoke at length about his fascination for the novel and why Mani Ratnam didn’t let me play a part in the film.


His statement reads, “I somehow wanted to be part of Ponniyin Selvan, and I asked Mani Ratnam to let me play the role of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar. I said at least I will do a special appearance. Mani Ratnam said no. He asked ‘why do you want me to face the brunt of your fans? He said that he will not exploit me that way. Any other director would have used me instantly, but he didn’t. That’s Mani Ratnam,”

Talking about the film, Rajinikanth said, “There are three heroes of this event. One is Kalki, next is producer Subaskaran and Mani Ratnam. People were waiting for the magazine as fans wait for tickets in theatres. I used to wonder why this novel series was never made as a film. It could be because in those days the concept of the ‘part 1 part 2’ trend was not there. This film will become an achievement in Indian cinema.”

Speaking about the novel and the author Amarar Kalki Krishnamurthy he tells, many wanted to make the film over the years but now this has truly performed that’s quite an overwhelming news for him.

He reminisces how he used to wonder about this film back in his youth. “I used to think that I should play Vallavarayan. Kamal should play Arulmozhi Varman, and Vijayakanth should play Aditya Karikalan. Rekha should play Nandini. Sathyaraj for Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar. I was dreaming all of this back then.”




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