Maverick filmmaker Mani Ratnam is currently busy with the pre-production work of his dream project, the film adaptation of Kalki's Ponniyin Selvan. Reliable sources say that the director is holding talks with Vijay Sethupathi and Karthi for one of the lead roles in the film. As Vijay Sethupathi is busy with various films, Karthi is the current choice for Mani Ratnam.
The big budget period film is also likely to have STR and Vikram in prominent characters. We hear that Mani Ratnam is currently busy finalizing the cast and crew, budget and other factors of the film.
Earlier, Mani Ratnam was supposed to begin Ponniyin Selvan with Vijay and Mahesh Babu but the project got dropped due to financial constraints.