Review of Ponniyin Selvan 2: Mani Ratnam beautifully crafts a captivating story of love, remorse, and second chances.

Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan initially seems to focus on the Chola dynasty’s rivalry with the Pandyas, but at its heart, it’s a tale of love, sorrow, and redemption. The first part introduced various characters and left us with a so-so cliffhanger. However, in PS-2, the story picks up with the dynasty facing a critical test, risking their heirs’ lives and the empire’s future.

Ratnam’s film is vast, intricate, and demands your full attention right from the start. The flashback of Aditha Karikalan and Nandini sets the stage, while the current crisis in the Chola kingdom and the mystery surrounding Arunmozhi Varman’s disappearance keep the tension high. Nandini’s involvement and the enigmatic Oomai Rani add layers to the narrative.

Adapting Kalki’s extensive novel into two films is no small feat, but Ratnam’s attention to detail in character development is commendable. The grand scale established in PS-1 continues in the second part, creating a rich, albeit sometimes overwhelming, viewing experience.

When it comes to Mani Ratnam’s direction in Ponniyin Selvan 2, the focus truly lies on the actors’ performances. Each actor gets their moment to shine on screen, bringing depth to their characters. Aishwarya’s portrayal of Nandini and Mandakini is truly captivating, showcasing a range of emotions from resentment to vulnerability. Vikram’s performance in the confrontation scene with Aishwarya is particularly powerful, drawing viewers in as the two characters confront their past. Trisha, Karthi, and Jayam Ravi also deliver strong performances, despite having limited screen time in the second part. Jayam Ravi’s portrayal of Arunmozhe through subtle expressions is noteworthy. Beyond the stunning visuals and Rahman’s soulful music, what truly sets Ponniyin Selvan 2 apart is its screenplay. It delves deep into the characters’ motivations, exploring themes of hatred, regret, love, and more. Ratnam’s storytelling skillfully weaves together these complex emotions, making the epic saga a compelling watch.

When it comes to Ponniyin Selvan-2, the film does have its moments where it feels a bit long and stretched out. However, the narrative really picks up in the second half, especially towards the climax with that epic battle scene featuring Karthi and Jayam Ravi. Despite the pacing issues, the movie remains captivating due to its engaging characters, intricate screenplay, and the grand scale it presents. While it may have some Baahubali-like elements, Ratnam’s focus on a strong storyline truly shines through as the standout feature of the film.

5/5 - (1 vote)

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