Ace director Mani Ratnam had last directed 'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam', that had Simbu, Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay, Arvind Swami, Jyothika, Aditi Rao Hydari, Dayana Erappa and Aishwarya Rajesh playing the lead roles. The film was co-produced by Mani Ratnam himself, and Subaskaran under the banners Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions respectively. It had music by AR Rahman and cinematography by Santosh Sivan.
The director is currently working on 'Ponniyin Selvan', that is in the pre-production stage now. It has Aishwarya Rai playing one of the leads. The other actors who are a part of the film, are yet to be known.
The latest update on this project is that Siva Ananth will be one of the writers of the film, along with Kumaravel and two others. It must be noted that Siva Ananth played a crucial role in Mani Ratnam's 'CCV' while Kumaravel has acted in a lot of critically acclaimed movies like 'Abhiyum Naanum', 'Kaatrin Mozhi', 'Kurangu Bommai' etc.