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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan resumes shooting for Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan

The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) actress joined the crew in Puducherry to complete her portion of the epic film.

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who plays dual roles in Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan, on Wednesday returned to the sets of the film in Puducherry where the makers are currently filming.

Earlier this week, the makers unveiled a new poster and announced that the first part of Ponniyin Selvan would hit the screens in 2022. 

Ponniyin Selvan is an adaptation of the historical novel of the same name by Kalki Krishnamurthy, which tells the story of Arulmozhivarman, a king of the Chola dynasty.

In the film, Aishwarya will reportedly play Nandini, the wife of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar, who is played by Telugu actor Mohan Babu, and her speech-impaired mother, Queen Mandakini Devi. Apparently, the actress had jumped at the opportunity to play dual roles.

Lyca Productions is bankrolling the project. The film, which features music by AR Rahman, also stars Karthi, Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Trisha and Aishwarya Lekshmi. 

The film’s title poster was unveiled last year. The film had gone on the floors in Thailand where a major portion of the movie has been shot.