Ponniyin Selvan-1 Review 

Ponniyin Selvan-1 Review 

Star director Mani Ratnam’s prestigious project, Ponniyin Selvan-1 has hit the screens globally today. Check out our authentic Ponniyin Selvan-1 Review.


The film is all about Chola’s kingdom which used to rule Southern India 1000 years back. Aditya Karikaaludu ( Vikram) is the Chola king, and Arunmozhi Varma (Jayam Ravi) who are protectors of the Chola kingdom goes to an extent to save the empire. How will Vandiyadevudu ( Karthi) and Kundavai( Trisha) help the kings in the process of safeguarding the Chola kingdom? What is the role of Nandini( Aishwarya Rai)? How is her role connected with the life story of Aditya Karikaaludu, forms the key aspect of the film.

Key Aspects:

The film is purely story driven which is an interesting premise. Though the film lacks emotional highs in the first half, it is balanced with visuals, song picturization, and music. Karthi stands out as his comic-coated character.

The performances by the lead cast are good, especially Karthi and Vikram shine well. Trisha is captivating with her screen presence. Aishwarya Rai is adorable in her key role with the screen presence.

As the film is inspired by Kalki Krishnamurthy’s book written in early 19th century, it has nothing fault in that aspect.

Technical Department:

Firstly, the VFX work is not up to the mark. The action part is also designed normally.

Music by AR Rahman registers at parts. Though his sound is good to an extent, overall, Rahman disappoints with his work. Ravi Varman’s cinematography is okay but could have been even better. Editing by A Sreekar Prasad is alright.

Production values are not that impressive.

Negative Points:

This period film has an interesting storyline with good music and visuals but is wasted by flat narration with absolutely no highs/emotional connect needed for this genre.

Mani Ratnam chose a story that had good potential but his narration is tedious at parts and should’ve focused more on the screenplay.


To conclude, Ponniyin Selvan-1 is a period film that had potential and scope to explore in a much better way but ends up as a regular film with a dull and flat narrative, especially in the second half.

One Word Review: Underwhelming!

Rating: 2.75/5