Ace director Mani Ratnam, who has are available for lots of reward for getting the appears of virtually all his characters in his magnum opus, ‘Ponniyin Selvan 1’, proper has now disclosed the secret of how he was in a position to obtain this extremely tough feat.

In an interview that was launched as a part of a BTS video by the makers of the movie on Saturday, Mani Ratnam says the unit based mostly their appears on the illustrations of Maniam.

“Kalki’s ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ was the primary massive novel I’ve learn in Tamil. How I acquired concerned about it’s that there’s a lending library referred to as Eswari Lending library on Lloyd’s Road. That’s the place I picked up all 5 components of the novel.

“Those editions with Maniam’s illustrations. I learn it multi functional stretch. I used to be studying it with a smile. Be it the landscapes, the horses or the 2 Pazhuvettayarars with their massive moustaches. These photos by no means left my thoughts.

“Kalki’s writing type is such that he always talks to us. ‘We left him mid-approach. Let’s go and see what Vanthiyathevan is doing.’ It felt like we have been travelling with him.

“Without Maniam’s sketches, folks would not have learn ‘Ponniyin Selvan’. Maniam was the bottom. Sub-consciously we all know that Alwarkkadiyan Nambi ought to seem like this — crouched on a wall with a pony tail with solely his head seen. The Aandal hair knot was required for Nandhini. He outlined these issues.

“He did not sketch these visuals just like that. He researched and interpreted based on that period. So, we never went away from his illustrations but we made our interpretations of them,” the ace director disclosed.