Aishwarya Rai and Amitabh Bachchan to star in Mani Ratnam’s next

If everything goes well then soon Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will team up with Amitabh Bachchan after 11 years for Mani Ratnam’s next, which is tentatively a periodic drama.

Talking about her forthcoming project, Aishwarya said, “There is a discussion about a film, but we have to really pick up our conversation from where we left it. Mani is one of my favourite filmmakers.”

A source adds Ash has given green signal to the mammoth project.  “It’s a big-budget historical drama, which is being planned on the lines of the Baahubali franchise. It’s likely to be a bilingual project and star several other big names from the South Indian film industry. Mani approached his muse Aishwarya for the female lead and she signed on the dotted line.”

The film will be in the line of ‘Baahubali’ franchise. It will be made on a large scale and will be released in multi-language.

Speaking about the project, the film is an adaptation of Kalki Krishnamurthy’s popular historical novel Ponniyin Selvan (The Son of Ponni). The source told DNA: "There will be an ensemble cast. The actors have already been asked to give bulk dates and commit a few years to this film, as it will be made in several parts”.

The five-volume book narrates the story of Arulmozhivarman, who was crowned as Rajaraja Chola I during the 10th and 11th century. A big announcement is expected to be made around Pongal (January 14). 

The director is planning to rope in Amitabh Bachchan.  The source tells us, “Mani has narrated the script to Amitji. He is taking his time to decide whether he would like to do it. A confirmation from his end is yet to come but he has liked the idea.”

If Big B gives his nod to the big budget film then 11 years after ‘Sarkar Raj’, audience will get to see Ash and Big B together on-screen.