Ponniyin Selvan - Part 2 (U/A)
28/Apr/2023 History, Action 2hrs 44mins 49seconds

Ponniyin Selvan - Part 2

Critics Review


Magnus Opus

Ponniyin Selvan will be a magnum opus in many ways. Ponniyin Selvan 1 and 2 will go down in history for reasons beyond just box office collections. Ponniyin Selvan team has done their part. Now do your part. Go watch it in theaters.(more)

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Ponniyin Selvan 2 is a Vikram, Aishwarya Rai show

In fairness, the climactic portions are hugely impacted by this emotional high, as the events that follow Karikalan's death cannot match the suspense and the drama the narrative held until then. And Mani Ratnam seems to realise this too, and decides to have a war scene in the end to amp up the drama to give us an adrenaline rush. But the more underwhelming moment is the climax. Even in Kalki's book, we get a rather low-key ending, with one too many twists, but here, while the writers sensibly give us a more agreeable twist, they fail to pack a punch with the speech that Arulmozhi delivers in the end to make the ultimate sacrifice.(more)

Source: Suganth, Times Of India


Mani Ratnam delivers worthy adaptation, Karthi, Vikram and Aishwarya are a hit

Ponniyin Selvan: Part 2 is immersive and visually stunning. Aided by brilliant performances and sharp dialogues, this is indeed a solid sequel. And for those who haven�t read the book, the film still offers a great experience.(more)

Source: Janani, India Today


Ponniyin Selvan 2 lives up to its billing because of Mani Ratnam's conviction, and the technical supremacy.

The film is as good as the first part, and Mani Ratnam has done justice to the book, collectively through both the parts. While there is always a feel that things are a bit slow paced, this is probably what the film needs. It engages you till the end while the entertainment quotient is lesser than the first part. Nevertheless this is an experience one cannot afford to miss.(more)

Source: Behindwoods, Behindwoods.com


Mani Ratnam's 'Ponniyin Selvan 2' is more dramatic, sadder and more serious in tone, and a meaty conclusion to the two-part epic

About Part 1, I said that Mani Ratnam and his fantastic team beautifully capture the essence of Kalki's characters, and that the film infuses a period story with a sense of lived-in reality. It's the same here. The writing � by Mani Ratnam, Elango Kumaravel and Jeyamohan � is a model of concision without confusion. The emotional bonds are strongly reinforced within minimal screen space. Nothing feels stagey. There's no forced rhetoric. But for the time period, these people could be us � only, our lives aren't exquisitely edited by Sreekar Prasad and set-designed by Thotta Tharani. The two films' design alone is worth a review. Look at how the pure and peace-loving Arunmozhi is always shown in shades of white, as opposed to the darker hues that define his tortured brother. Mani Ratnam released his first movie on January 7, 1983. Forty years on, he continues to challenge himself and his viewers. Sometimes he fails, but he is on a ro(more)

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Mani Ratnam finally takes some creative liberty and it works

The end is shockingly different from the books, and that is going to be one of the scathing criticisms against the film from the purists. Along with it, the complaints will also be about the underrepresentation of beloved characters like Poongukuzahli and Vaanathi. That�s the cost of translation. That�s the cost Mani has paid for being true to his craft. It will take another minute for someone to arise from Tamil cinema to make perhaps a series that would do more justice to the sprawling novel, but till then we have Mani Ratnam�s Ponniyin Selvan. (more)

Source: Kirubhakar Purushothaman, Indian Express