Ponniyin Selvan 2: The Vikram - Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer crosses 100 crores at the box office
Mani Ratnam's magnum opus is a hit
Ponniyin Slevan 2 which hit theaters worldwide this week and received praise from both critics and audiences has grossed over 110 crores at the global box office.
The movie grossed 38 crores on its opening day, so now the sequel has beat the 80 crores opening weekend collection of Part 1.
Ponniyin Selvan 1 was a huge critical and commercial success becoming the highest-grossing Tamil movie of 2022 and the fifth highest-grossing Tamil movie of all time with a total box office collection of 500 crores.
The movies are based on Kalki Krishnamurthy's 1955 novel, Ponniyin Selvan, Which focuses on the Chola dynasty specifically Rajaraja Chola and his rise to power.
The franchise was long thought to be unadaptable for the big screen with countless stars and producers trying and failing over the years including MGR and Kamal Hassan.
Veteran director Mani Ratnam has been trying for years to get the movie made and finally got the project in motion in 2019.
Official production for the movie started on December 11, 2019, in Thailand with a budget of 500 crores, and both part 1 and part 2 were shot back to back. Production wrapped on March 2022.
Ponniyin Selvan 2 clocks in at two hours and thirty-seven minutes, and whole ten minutes shorter than Part 1.
The music for the movie is composed by A.R. Rahman and the first single titled Aga Nga has crossed over 18 million views on Youtube in less than two weeks.
Ponniyin Selven boasts of an ensemble main cast that includes Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Jayaram, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, and Prabhu.
The supporting cast includes R. Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu, Prakash Raj, Rahman, R. Parthiban, Babu Anthony, Lal, Riyaz Khan, and Nassar.
Ponniyin Selvan 2 is currently running in theaters.