Mani Ratnam's magnum opus ‘Ponniyin Selvan: I’ released on September 30. The film featured Jayam Ravi in the role of Arulmozhivarman, while Vikram, Karthi, Trisha and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan played other key roles. Also known as ‘PS1’, it tells the story of the early life of Arulmozhivarman (Ponniyin Selvan), who eventually becomes the Chola emperor Rajaraja I (947-1014).
Ever since its release, the film has been raking in moolah at the domestic and international box office. All thanks to the reviews by the audience and the critics. Now adding to the excitement, the film has joined the prestigious Rs. 500 crore club globally with its worldwide collections. Not just that, ‘PS1’ is the second Tamil film to do so after Rajinikanth's ‘2.0’.
Coming to Tamil Nadu, ‘Ponniyin Selvan: I’ is now the highest grossing film with earnings over Rs 230 crore, thereby surpassing the collections of SS Rajamouli's ‘Baahubali 2’ as well.
Trade analyst Trinath confirmed ‘PS1’ crossing the Rs. 500 mark at the worldwide box office. "This week the film enters its 50th day of run in cinemas. It has now crossed Rs. 500 crore globally and continues to run in good numbers of screens everywhere. This is the second Tamil film after 2.0 to collect over Rs. 500 crore at the global box office," Trinath said.
Other south films that have crossed the Rs. 500 crore mark at the box office include ‘RRR’, ‘KGF 2’, ‘Baahubali 1 and 2’. ‘PS 1’ also marked Aishwarya Rai's comeback to Tamil cinema after more than a decade, and she played dual roles - Nandini and her mute mother Mandakini Devi.
The second part in the franchise will be released in another six to nine months, as confirmed by Mani Ratnam. The ace filmmaker is also teaming up with Kamal Haasan after a gap of 35 years for a yet-untitled Tamil project.