The first single ‘Ponni Nadhi’ from Ustad Mani Ratnam’s much-awaited magnum opus ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ was launched with great fanfare here on Sunday evening. The single was released in the presence of some of the star cast members of the historical action drama, namely Karthi, Jayam Ravi and Jayaram.
With lyrics by Ilango Krishnan, the song narrates the journey of the Chola chief, Vallavarayan Vandiyadevan, played by Karthi, who is seen riding through the kingdom carrying an important message.
The song, even describing the beauty of the river, the crops, the women of the kingdom and the bravery of the people of the land, is a reminder to the messenger with the task and speed on his hands. He has to complete it. The lines suggest that he should see the Ponni river before the sun sets.
The song and spectacular visuals, shot by Ravivarman, were met with applause by the people who gathered at the mall in large numbers for the launch. On popular demand, the number was shown twice and played three times, much to the delight of the attendees.