Sharing the introductory motion poster, the official handle of Madras Talkies captioned the post, “Soft as the wind, mighty as the ocean. Meet #AishwaryaLekshmi as Samudrakumari Poonguzhali! The Grand audio & trailer launch of #PS1 - Sept 6th at The Nehru Indoor Stadium! #PonniyinSelvan #CholasAreComing #ManiRatnam @arrahman @LycaProductions @Tipsofficial @tipsmusicsouth”
Aishwarya Lekshmi will be seen portraying the role of Poonguzhali, also known as Samuthirakumari, a boat woman living in Kodikarai.
Helmed by Mani Ratnam, and co-written by Elango Kumaravel and B. Jeyamohan, the film is bankrolled by Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions, it is the first of two cinematic parts based on Kalki Krishnamurthy's 1955 novel Ponniyin Selvan.
The film stars an ensemble cast of Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, R. Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu, Jayaram, Prakash Raj, Rahman and Parthiban.
The music is composed by A. R. Rahman, with cinematography handled by Ravi Varman, editing done by A. Sreekar Prasad and production design by Thota Tharani. The first part, PS-I is scheduled to be have a worldwide theatrical release on 30 September 2022 in both standard and IMAX format.