Will Ponniyin Selvan, hailed as a classic in the 1950s and serialized as a novel in the Tamil magazine Kalki, find a new audience in the 21st century?

will be The pony Selvanhailed as a classic and serialized as a novel in a Tamil magazine in the 1950s Kalki, Find a new audience in the 21st century?

This festive season, many big screen releases are slated to be led by Mani Ratnam’s masterful compositions. The pony Selvan: I. A cinematic adaptation of an epic Tamil historical fiction, it may also join the ranks of serialized fiction across the world that have been turned into film franchises.

will be The pony Selvanhailed as a classic and serialized as a novel in a Tamil magazine in the 1950s Kalki, Find a new audience in 21 St A century that is used on OTT platforms and not so much given to reading? I wouldn’t be surprised if this excitement leads to epic war gaming apps for heroes Vandiyathevan and Arulmozhi Varman!

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The teaser received a strong response Poniyin Selvan: I, Set against the backdrop of the mighty Chola Empire of the 10th century, with scenes of dashing warriors, scheming queens, grand emperors and brilliant princesses, it was released on the social media platform on July 8. Th a century

History on screen is a tricky subject, fictional or otherwise. In the days when A Mughal-e-Azam or a On Tiruvaruchel or a Kannagi What seemed to have been received with enthusiastic interest was long gone. Legal objections to Poniyin Selvan: i Teaser, and protest Padmavata, Bajirao Mastani And Jodha Akbar Cancel culture and social media warriors, challenging politicians have made history in India.

Exploring language, style, cultural appropriation and creative freedom are all essential today when making historical cinema.

For a new audience

However, new generations of anglicized Tamils ​​raised on gaming, OTT and stand-up comic nights want to know about their literary heroes and historical figures. Ponniyin Selvan Perfect for revival.

Nila Comics | Photo Credit: Special Arrangements

Nila Comics is a publishing house in Chennai, which has a Ponniyin Selvan In 2020 and 2021, Tamil and English language comic collections coincided with the film’s production. It is meant for young readers, who either cannot read Tamil or are visual learners.

Gurgaon-based Chandrashekar Ramamurthy, a young father of twin girls, says he can’t wait to watch the film and is “keen to present it in comic book or animation form so that my daughters know about heritage and history. of Tamil Nadu.”

Chennai-based film scholar Pritam Chakraborty says Ponniyin Selvan: i There could be a revival of big, splashy Tamil films. However, she cautions of Ponniyin Selvan The fandom is a dedicated one.

In 1994, when Magic Lantern Productions staged it, she remembers hearing the audience interact with the cast. Plans are underway to upload audio versions of the novel. “We can’t decide or say whether it will be adapted into comics, audio readings or games in the future, but authenticity is important in terms of characters and scripts,” she added.

People participating in Poniyin Selvan Tour

People participating in Poniyin Selvan Tour | Photo Credit: Special Arrangements

Inspired by Ponniyin Selvan, Heritage Inspired, a tour agency, started organizing tours in 2017 on the trails of Vandiathevan and exploring the history of the Cholas. Now, since the release of the teaser, there has been an increase in inquiries from people wanting to take the ‘Spies Trail’ tour, says Radhika Augustus, head of operations.

For history buffs

In a parallel universe, Indian publishing is gaining an avid readership for historical fiction. From Kiran Nagarkar’s Rajput Shahi Saga, cuckold, A popular trilogy on Nandini Sengupta’s Gupta empire, by JV Jayakumar Rise of the Cholas: Apocalypse To Aditya Iyengar the winner Indu Sundarsan’s Mughal historical fiction, based on the naval conquests of Rajendra Chola, incl Twentieth Wife, Feast of Roses And shadow princess, There is a growing appetite for popular historical fiction.

Bahubali India’s love of grand creations based on fantasy, mythology and history proved to be as big as Hollywood’s appetite for superhero ideas. If Brad Pitt could swing like Achilles TroyVikram can roar well as Aditya Karikalan!

The Gurgaon-based journalist is also the author of Temple Tales and the translator of Hungry Human.