The long awaited and most anticipated pan India film “Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1” is finally gearing to hit the theatres near you. It is the dream project of the 6 national awards winner filmmaker Mani Ratnam.
The big-ticket film has been in the making since 2019 and now after almost three years, it is all set to have a grand release on 30 September 2022 in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.
PS1 Advance Bookings Report
The advance bookings for PS-1 have been opened on Sunday and the reports are all blockbuster as till Thu 10AM, Mani Ratnam’s film has sold more than 5.7L tickets in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi worth Rs 11.11 Cr.
The buzz is sky high in Tamil as the film has touched the 10 crore mark, there. Going by the response the flick has been getting, it seems it will go past Vikram’s advance record and is expected to fetch 20 crores from the advances for the opening day.
The ticket sales of the flick are nearing the 1Cr mark in Telugu and are expected to go past by Thu night, the ticket sales in the other versions, eg. Hindi and Malayalam are minimal.
Budget and Screen Counts
Ponniyin Selvan is comprised of two parts and reportedly, both the parts are said to be made on a huge budget of 500 crores. It will see a wide release globally. The Tamil film is expected to occupy around 7500+ theatres worldwide which consists of 4500-5000 screens in India alone, as per the reports. It is being said that the flick will be released on 700-800 screens in TN.
It will be released by Red Giant Movies in the home market, while the Telugu States (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) rights are sold to Dil Raju’s Sri Venkateswara Creations, Kerala rights are acquired by Gokulam Gopalan’s Sree Gokulam Movies house, and the overseas by TentKotta.
The Hindi version of PS-1 will be distributed by PEN Marudhar which distributed RRR, Vikram and Sita Ramam, in the northern territories of India.
PS1 Trailer Review
The trailer of this visual spectacle was dropped on 6 Sept (Tue) at the grand audio launch event in Chennai. The trailer promises to be a grand historical spectacle. The Hindi trailer is voiced by Anil Kapoor and Tamil by Kamal Haasan.
The highlight of the trailer is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is playing the main antagonist as Nandini, the viewers are also introduced to Chiyaan Vikram as Aditha Karikalan, Jayam Ravi as Arunmozhi Varman and Karthi’s Vanthiyathevan. It is being praised for music mogul AR Rahman’s brilliant original score, Ravi Varmans splendid visuals, and performances of the respective actors.
Box Office Collection
Mani Ratnam’s film is riding on a huge budget, both parts will have to recover around Rs 350-400 Cr shares collectively (Rs 150-200 Cr each) to emerge as a successful flick. Two big-ticket Tamil films of 2022, Valimai and Vikram reaped huge profits for their buyers and now it is remained to be seen whether PS-1 does the same or not.
However, it has collected Rs 125 crores already, before hitting the theatres, as per the reports, the digital rights of the flick have been sold to Amazon Prime for a hefty amount.
The cult fan following of the novel, on which the film is based, the multi-star cast, and Mani Ratnam’s track record, all these factors suggest that the film will take a huge start at the box office. It will further depend on word of mouth. Now, going by the advanced trends, it will take a start of Rs 25-30 Cr in TN alone.