Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the true queen of Bollywood who was last seen in Fanney Khan in 2018 is all ready to set her foot on a Mani Ratnam film. She has already fianlised her next project with him. We had already been hearing about her doing the film with Mani Ratnam for a few months. Mani Ratnam and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had done many films together in the past and they are back again. The filmmaker is known to be bringing the best in her and thus they are always an interesting collaboration.
The film is based on a Chola period drama and she will be playing the role of a power-hungry woman. The movie is taken from a Tamil novel named Ponniyin Selvan and it was written by Kalki. A close source shares with the Mid Day “The story takes place in the 10th century before Raja Raja Chola became a king. Aishwarya will be seen as Nandini, the wife of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar, who served as the chancellor and treasurer of the Chola kingdom. Her character is written as a mysterious, power-hungry woman who manipulates her husband to plan the downfall of the Chola Empire because she has been wronged by them.”
The novel is centered on the great Chola emperor, Rajaraja I. In the story, his kingdom extends till the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. He is the man who is responsible to build the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore. It has been known that Mani Ratnam was working on this film for a decade and he finally now makes up his mind to make it. Besides Aishwarya, the film will feature Simbu, Vikram, Jayaram, and Amala Paul is rumoured to be in the film. She has done her first film Iruvar in 1987 with Mani Ratnam. She even was in the superhit Guru in 2007 and Ravanan in 2010.
According to the Hindustan Times, the film has already started with the pre-production. There are huge sets that will be seen in the film. The shooting of the film will mostly be starting from the end of 2019. A recent report came with a rumour that Amitabh Bachchan might also join the film. The duo Amitabh and Aishwarya had worked together in Sarkar Raj which came 11 years ago but presently he is working on a huge Telugu period film, Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy where actors like Nayanthara, Kichcha Sudeep, Chiranjeevi, and Vijay Sethupathi will be seen.