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'Ponniyin Selvan: 1' movie review

The multilingual film stars Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karthi, Trisha and Jayam Ravi among others.
The story of 'Ponniyin Selvan: 1' is about the power struggle in Chola kingdom once Aditha Karikala (Vikram) is chosen as the crown prince after Sundar Chola (Prakash Raj) falls ill.
Both the internal and external forces are working to bring down the Chola kingdom. Will they succeed? Watch the film to know it.
The film starts off slowly but gradually gains momentum. The first half is average, but the second half is engaging.
The climax ship scene could have been handled better. It is not an easy task to make a five-volume book in two parts, but Mani Ratnam has pulled it off.
If you have not read the novel, it might be quite difficult to understand the proceedings.
Casting is perfect, AR Rahman's songs stand out, and Ravi Varman's cinematography is top notch.
Overall, 'Ponniyin Selvan: 1' is a neat entertainer which is worth a watch.
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 krishna murthy