Sathyaraj to play Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar in Ponniyin Selvan

Sathyaraj - the versatile actor

Ace director Maniratnam is on a casting spree. After roping in Vijay, Arya and Tollywood’s Mahesh Babu and Anushka to star in lead roles in his epic Ponniyin Selvan, he recently signed up Sathyaraj. Though there were reports that Sathyaraj will play a Buddhist Monk,  the latest is that he will play the important role of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar, the legendary lieutenant who stood as a great pillar of strength to successive Chola Kings.

The epic has so many major characters and it would test Maniratnam’s directorial instincts to the core as to whom to rope in to play which role. Those who have ready the epic novel would easily agree that there couldn’t have been a better choice to play the role of Periya Pazhuvettariyar than Sathyaraj. For the ageing actor, the role could well be a defining moment in his career.

The scripting over, Mani is now planning to go into the pre-production work and is busy seeking call-sheets from all the lead stars. Sathyaraj, who has been signed up for 60 days on-the-trot, is said to have been paid a whopping Rs.2 crores to play the role in the film, unconfirmed sources say. The first schedule of the film’s shooting is likely to take place in the legendary Mysore palace.


  1. another news on ponniyin selvan.. pls wait for the official announcement.. why post some untrue info on a daily basis? and what happened to arya now? he’s no more in the film? and surya who u claimed have snatched the role from vikram?

  2. Due to budget problem, they are casting all stars with less market value in Ponniyin selvan. That is how they are having Vijay, Sathiyaraj and Maheshbabu who charge less fee comprade to happening heroes like Surya who charge higher fee who have more market value

  3. I believe Kalairajan is true. I heard from Kodambakkam Circles, the following are the fees charged by actors per movie

    Surya – 14 crores
    Karthi – 9 crores
    Vijay  – 8 corore
    Ajith  – 7.5 crores

    It is clear that Surya could not be accomodated in Shankar’s Nanban becuase of the tight budget they had since they had pruchased Tamil rights of 3 Idiots for a huge price. So, it seems they went for Vijay who charges less fees since Vijay’s market value has dropped over the last three years.

  4. Thiru.Sivakaumar must be a happy father to see both his sons (Surya and Karthi) doing so well. Hardwork and Honesty always pays.