Ponniyin Selvan 1, first Tamil movie to earn over 80 crores on first daytext_fields
Chennai: The magnum opus of director Mani Ratnam, "Ponniyin Selvan 1," which is based on the same-titled literary masterpiece by famed author Kalki, has achieved history by becoming the Tamil film with the greatest opening ever.
The movie made almost Rs 80 crore on its first day of release, according to its producers.
Taking to Twitter, Lyca Productions, the firm that had produced the film along with director Mani Ratnam's Madras Talkies, tweeted: "Thank you for giving 'Ponniyin Selvan 1' the biggest ever opening day for Tamil cinema worldwide!"
It also shared a poster that said that the film had grossed a whopping Rs 80 plus crores worldwide.
The film, which had triggered huge expectations, was released on Friday much to the delight of fans and received a thunderous welcome from audiences.
The film seems to have struck a chord with audiences of all age groups. In particular, the film has caught the attention of senior citizens as it is based on the literary classic by Kalki.
Several senior citizens who had given up the practice of going to theatres are now making an exception in the case of this film as they are eager to watch the classic on screen.
In fact, actor Vikram, who plays Aditha Karikalan in the film, had recently requested theatre owners to do all that they could for senior citizens who came to watch the film. He had said that his mother too had expressed a desire to watch the film in theatres.
'Ponniyin Selvan', the first part of which was released on Friday, is a brilliant story that is based on the early life of prince Arun Mozhi Varman, who later went on to be known as the great Raja Raja Chozhan.
Called by Mani Ratnam as his dream project, the film features a host of top stars including actors Vikram, Aishwarya Rai, Trisha, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Jayaram, Parthiban, Lal, Vikram Prabhu, Jayaram, Prabhu and Prakash Raj.
The film is among the most expensive projects ever undertaken in the country and is based on the Tamil classic 'Ponniyin Selvan' by eminent writer Kalki.
With inputs from IANS