Mani Rathnam's Ponniyin Selvan owes its tremendous commercial success to the concerted efforts of the entire creative team and performing actors,to take a decades-old historical fiction closer to new generation perceptions and perspectives.
There is absolute grandeur in presentation of events.The subtle directorial moves to motivate the actors for calculated utterance of dialogues with a complementary time gap between words or sentences,vitally serves to drive out dialogue deficiencies,in terms of an impressive pouring of literary Tamil dialogues witnessed in the historical films of the Nineteen fifties and sixties.
The problem experienced by the audience could be the difficulty in identifying numerous characters and their names on account of not having gone through the novel of Kalki.The other problem lies in fixing most of the actors with the roles they perform due to the rigorous make up schedule imposed on the actors,by a conscientious section,to which the make up task was assigned. A.R.Rehaman has mightily performed his job more with the background score,than with the songs.
To produce a much tried and given up historical film that matches the expectation and aspiration of new generation film viewers,is not an easy task.Forgetting the controversies regarding dedication to history and historical fiction,Manirathnam &co should be applauded for having taken up a project shunned by many and made it shine as fascinatingly as possible.
All actors have creditably underplayed their roles and Karthi Sivakumar scores on the higher side in this regard.Underplay is one of the most popular film making yardsticks of Manirathnam and PS survives more effectively on account of this underplay by almost all actors.Thanks to Prime Video.
Note:-I had stated earlier that I would not write about PS because I have not read Kalki's novel.But after watching the film on OTT, I was tempted to say a few words about the film,pushing aside my ignorance of the novel.