Ponniyin Selvan is a fictitious tale on Pandya and Chola dynasties. The movie is based on a Tamil novel by the same name authored by Kalki Krishnamurthy

It is Maniratnam's most ambitious project and is being done in two parts.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is Nandini, the wife of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar, who devises a plan to destroy Cholas

Sarathkumar is Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar, the treasurer and chancellor of the dynasty

Chiyaan Vikram will be seen as the eldest son of Sundara Chozhar, Aditya Karikalan

Meet Vandhiyathevan, who is the trusted confidante of Aditya Karikalan. No prizes for guessing Karthis name!

Prakash Raj plays King Sundara Chozhar of Chola dynasty

Trisha's character is named Kundavai and she plays Chola king's daughter

Meet Jayam Ravi as Arulmozhi (fondly called Ponniyin Selvan), Sundara Chozhar's youngest son

Maniratnam's Ponniyin Selvan makers recently ran into trouble after a horse died during the shoot due to dehydration and overexertion. The movie will hit theatres sometime next year.