Ponniyin Selvan Movie Attempts – is it a curse or lack of purse

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MGR – Gemini Ganeshan – Vaijaynthi Mala Bali

When the then Puratchi Thalaivar MGR was at his peak, he was mostly dearer to the historical characters and wanted to build his fame through such characters. On his mission of taking up such roles he had the niche to succeed commercially and gain popularity. In fact, he was very keen on devising a plot suiting his role in that story and charted the script with other characters. His move was in full swing as he could derive suitable actors and other artists for the story:
While MGR himself wanted to retain the character of Vanthiathevan, he preferred Gemini Ganesan to take up the role of Arulmozhi Varman ( since his part in Veerapandia Kattabomman was highly appreciated). For the role of Kundavai, MGR’s choice was Vaijayanthi Mala Bali who was at her best in Vanjikottai Valiban for the song sequel. For the role of opposite sex to Arulmozhi, MGR chose Padmini for the character of Vanathi for her timing utterance of dialogues. The star cast was to have the galaxy of the famous ones at that time- Savitri for the character of Poongulali, Saroja Devi for the role of Manimegalai, MN Rajam for the role of Nandini.
The male dominant characters for the villainy were set by the inclusion of OAK Devar for the character of Aditha Karikalar since he had the resounding voice modulation and fiery eye contacts. The celebrated villain of that time MN Nambiar was pitted for the character of Chinna Pazhuvettarayar and the comedy slot was allotted to Balaiah and Nagesh for Azhvarkadiyan and Sundara Chozhan respectively. Unfortunately this project could not come off due to mysterious reasons. Some sources in the industry linked the reason of too many celebrities which might have created ego clash. Yet the past is past. And Mannathi Mannan was left with the choice of leaving the Ponniyin Selvan to the posterity.

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