‘Ponniyin Selvan: I’ refuses to slow down at the box office! It has emerged as one of the biggest hits of the year and is racing ahead with a worldwide collection of Rs 400 crore!
The original Tamil film has earned this feat in just 12 days at the box office and has emerged as the second highest grosser in the Tamil industry after Rajinikanth starrer ‘2.0’. With this humongous collection ‘Ponniyin Selvan: I’ has booked the second spot on the highest Tamil grosser list post the pandemic, first one being ‘Vikram’. However, the Tamil dubbed version of this film has found few takers. ‘Ponniyin Selvan: I’ Hindi has underperformed, earning just Rs 21.75 crore nett. The dubbed film is expected to end its theatrical run with Rs 22-23 crore nett, reports Boxofficeindia. At the overseas box office, ‘Ponniyin Selvan: I’ is aiming for $6 million in the US / Canada, while Gulf is expected rake in around $3.5 million. The total overseas collection of this film is expected to be around $17 million.
Helmed by Mani Ratnam, ‘Ponniyin Selvan: I’ is based on a book by the same name. The film features an ensemble cast – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu, Aishwarya Lekshmi and Sobhita Dhulipala among others. Speaking about how the lockdown affected the movie, Mani Ratnam had said, “The pandemic did upset a lot of things. We had planned the shoot in a particular fashion, but what we wanted to do last, we had to do early. The schedule was kind of reinvented. The lockdown was also not relaxed throughout and we had multiple locations to shoot in. We had to make sure we shot with the right numbers without it showing like a problem in the frame, and without crossing the restrictions that were put up. We had to take extreme care during the shoot. At no time in the film will you feel that it was shot during the pandemic. We shot it without any compromise.”
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