If there's one Tamil novel that has swept the imagination of readers, it's Ponniyin Selvan (Son of Ponni). First published in 1950, this epic has impressed readers for generations. The five-part historical novel has been adapted into stage plays for several years and has captivated the audience every time. This time around, TVK Productions has produced Amarar Kalki in Ponniyin Selvan.
Condensing five volumes into a play is quite a task but the director has managed to pull it off. The likable stage presence of the artists and a delightful romantic angle make this play seem perfect. This is indeed a commendable performance. The play opens with the core element of the story. The stage is lit beautifully. The backdrop of the set changes according to the scene and the props used are almost nil. The costumes aren't too elaborate and they seem apt for the characters. The director of the play, D. Malikraj, brings magic to the stage. The audience cheers during the happy moments and is absorbed by the story during the intense scenes. Vandhiya Thevan (T.V. Krish) brings his distinct antics to the stage. The lead character of the story, Ponniyin Selvan or Adithya Karikalan (played by Nadana Sabapathi) delight us. He carries the story on his shoulders. One can't forget the performances of Kundavai (Naanjil Revathi) and Arulmozhivarman (V. S. Sridar) either.
What Could Have Been Better:
With a theme like this, the play can be unimaginative and boring at places. But the exuberant performances by seasoned actors makes it remarkably good overall.
Why You Should Watch:
If you're a lover of Tamil fiction and historic tales, then don't miss TVK cultural academy's Ponniyin Selvan. If not for anything else, watch it for the sincere performances by the artists. Go watch the ancient tale come alive when it next plays.
13th & 21st October – Chennai
11th November – Chennai
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