Ponniyin Selvan 2 Review: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan delivers her career best performance in this Mani Ratnam’s epic.
Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan creation ends as it begins: with a war to end all wars. In the final act for PS2, in theaters today, the Cholas and the Rashtrakutas meet once again on the battlefield. Arrows rain from the sky covered with clouds. Fiery guns are lobbed. Blood splatters fly, flags flutter. Men, horses, elephants charge each other. It’s a monumental, vital clash of metal and flesh.
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Ponniyin Selvan 2 review:
Ponniyin Selvan 2 review first part: After a backstory about the beginning of the relationship between Adita Karikalan and Nandini as teenagers, the story picks up from where the first part ended. As Vandhiyathevan (Karthi) learns that plans are being hatched by the princely kings to topple the Chola kingdom and that Nandini (Aishwarya Rai) is the mastermind behind it, it is the return of Arunmozhi Varman (Jayam Ravi), who was presumed dead, which ruins all plans. Aditha Karikalan (Vikram), on the other hand, prepares herself to face the might of Nandini, who has been instrumental in waging war against the Cholas.
Ponniyin Selvan 2 review second part: The second part allows each character to be further clarified. Arunmozhi Varman gets more screen time and this allows Jayam Ravi to deliver a satisfying performance. Karthi as Vandhiyathevan manages to leave the same impact that he did with his act in the first part. In PS 2, it’s Aishwarya Rai as Nandini and Vikram as Aditya Karikalan, who really shine in the parts they play so convincingly.
Given that this is Aishwarya Rai’s big comeback to Tamil cinema after many years, she is unbelievably good and delivers an undoubtedly career-best performance. The impact of Aishwarya’s character is so powerful and she is so good at it, it is hard to imagine anyone else in her place. Be it her angry eyes or long silences, Aishwarya breathes a lot of life into the film. In addition to the heart-pounding drama, it’s the great visuals that really elevate the PS2 in terms of providing a larger-than-life viewing experience. Seeing it in IMAX makes it even more unique.
Brief synopsis of the film Ponniyin Selvan 2:
The writers use drama and politics just to build up the tension in the second part. It is unbelievable how filmmaker Mani Ratnam really manages to keep one engaged with so many dramas. The face-to-face scene between Aditya Karikalan and Nandini would go down as one of the best cinematic moments of Tamil cinema. It’s the build-up and mood setting leading up to one of the PS 2’s best scenes.
About The cast of Ponniyin Selvan 2:
The film featured Aishwarya plays Queen Nandini of Pazhuvoor, while Trisha plays the Chola princess Kundavai, Karthi as Vallavarayan Vanthiyathevan, the orphaned prince of the Vaana dynasty, Chiyaan Vikram as the crown prince Aditya Karikalan, and Jayam Ravi as Arumozhi Varma aka Ponniyin Selvan, the future emperor. Additionally, Sarathkumar, Prabhu, Lal, Kishore, Sobhita Dhulipala, Ashwin Kakumanu and Aishwarya Lekshmi are also a part of the film.
Some Twitter Reviews of Ponniyin Selvan 2:
Watched #PS2 🔥
— Manish Meena (@withmanishmeena) April 28, 2023
#PonniyinSelvan2 one word Review : WINNER
A Brilliant Sequel from #Maniratnam. #ChiyaanVikram Steal the show 👏🏻 faceoff scene 🔥👌🏻 Good perf from the entire cast. Music, Cinematography & Art works at its Top Notch 👌🏻. Overall a Neat Period Drama.#PS2 #Karthi #Jayamravi #Trisha pic.twitter.com/d8S2igJyOb
— Ananthan T J (@ananthantj) April 28, 2023
— Dr Pk (@trackerpkb) April 28, 2023