Sri Lanka’s Shyam Fernando makes Kollywood debut in epic period movie “Ponniyin Selvan”

September 30, 2022 at 4:16 PM

Ponniyin Selvan, a Tamil language historical fiction action film produced by British-Sri Lankan entrepreneur Allirajah Subaskaran, is set to be premiered in Sri Lanka on 30th September 2022. 

The movie adaptation of Kalki Krishnamoothy’s 1955 novel with the same title is directed by legendary Mani Ratnam & features an ensemble cast including Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Prabhu, R Sarathkumar, and Sri Lanka’s very own Shyam Fernando. The music director for this project is Academy Award winner, A R Rahman. 

This film which Mani Ratnam dubbed his “dream project” started to take shape in 2019 after Subaskaran’s Lyca productions came on board with the funding. 

Ponniyin Selvan has been widely referred to as “the most anticipated Tamil blockbuster of 2022” by the press, fans & critics alike. 

What makes Ponniyin Selvan significant for the Sri Lankan audience is that it tells the story of the early days of Arulmozhivarman who later became the great Chola Emperor RajaRaja Chola 1 (947 AD – 1014 AD). Sri Lanka was a part of the Chola Empire from 993 to 1070 AD and the writer of the novel, Krishnamoorthy, is said to have visited Sri Lanka a few times to gather information for the book. 

Even today, the novel has a cult following and a fan base among people of all generations. The book continues to be admired and garner critical acclaim for its tightly woven plot, vivid narration, and the way in which the power struggle & intrigues of the Chola Empire were depicted. The book has remained the undisputed Best Seller in Tamil Nadu/South India for the past 70 years. 

The Producer, Allirajah Subaskaran, is a respected British-Sri Lankan entrepreneur who founded Lyca Productions which produced some of the most iconic Tamil language box office hits in recent years including 2.0, RRR, Don, Sita Ramam, Pushpa, Darbar, and Kaththi.

Subaskaran is also the owner of “Jaffna Kings” for the Sri Lanka Premier League and has won many awards & accolades for his entrepreneurial endeavours including the coveted “International Entrepreneur of the Year” Award in 2011. 

Sham Fernando makes his debut in Kollywood cinema through his role as King Mihindu V in Ponniyin Selvan. Sham is a Sri Lankan television, film, theatre & voice actor best known for his roles in Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka, Premaya Nam, and Davena Vihagun. 

Ponniyin Selvan will be imported by Lyca Productions Lanka and distributed by EAP. It will be screened at all Savoy/EAP cinemas i.e, 75+ theatres island-wide. For more information/booking visit: