On April 28, 2023, Hindustan Times published a review of “Ponniyin Selvan 2,” the much-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed 2021 movie “Ponniyin Selvan,” directed by Mani Ratnam. The article praises Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s performance in the film, calling it her career-best.
The article briefly introduces the movie, which is based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s historical novel of the same name. “Ponniyin Selvan 2” continues the story from where the first movie left off, following the journey of Arulmozhi Varman (played by Karthi), who is on a quest to claim his rightful place as the Chola emperor.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Performance:
The highlight of the review is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s performance as Nandini, the cunning and manipulative wife of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar (played by Mohan Babu). The article praises her ability to convey a range of emotions through her eyes, stating that her acting in this movie is unparalleled and her best work yet. The reviewer also commends Mani Ratnam for bringing out the best in Aishwarya and showcasing her talent.
Apart from Aishwarya’s performance, the review also praises the movie’s production values, music, and direction. The article mentions the stunning visuals, grand sets, and intricate costume designs that transport the audience back to the Chola era. The music by A. R. Rahman is also praised for elevating the movie’s emotional quotient, especially in the climactic scenes.
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