The novel is based on the life of Arulmozhi Varman who became the great Chola emperor.Mani was reportedly planning the film for almost a decade. The film on Ponniyin Selvan is going to be huge with Vikram, Simbu, Jayam Ravi joining the team. Amala Paul was also rumoured to have come onboard. Sources earlier told Hindustan Times that pre-production work has already begun and huge sets are currently being erected for the film that is likely to go on floors by 2019 end.
Earlier this year, reports claimed Amitabh Bachchan may also join his daughter-in-law for the Mani Ratnam project. This will be 11 years after their last film, Sarkar Raj, that the duo will be seen together. The former Miss World also had a special dance number Kajra Re with Amitabh and husband Abhishek Bachchan in Bunty Aur Babli (2005).
After her last outing with Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao – Fanney Khan, Aishwarya has not officially announced any project, reports HT.