Ponniyin Selvan 2 movie review: Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan 2 will have polarizing views. While the fans of the book might be disappointed with some major deviations from the book, the ace director understands the form won’t let him be entirely faithful to the novel.
Budget is often cited as the reason for Tamil cinema taking decades to adapt the masterpiece, Ponniyin Selvan. While it is partly true, the verbose nature of the novel doesn’t sit well with the visual medium that’s cinema. It took time before the Tamil cinema produced someone like Mani Ratnam, who has a sensibility for both mediums and could bridge the gap. In the first film, Mani vehemently stayed faithful to Kalki Krishnamurthy’s books, which came at the cost of the film being called choppy. While it appeased the ardent fans of the books, there was also a lingering question why Mani didn’t take some liberty with Kalki’s book, a historical ‘fiction’ with few evidence-based facts.