Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been away from the screen for quite some time now. The actress, who was last seen in Fanney Khan in 2018, is now working on ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam’s upcoming magnum opus, Ponniyin Selvan. Details about the actress’ role in the film have surfaced online and if reports are to be believed, Rai Bachchan will likely essay the role of the antagonist in the film.

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A Twitter user has shared a picture that documents what role each actor will be essaying in Ratnam’s film. The character named Nandhini/Mandakini will be essayed by Rai Bachchan. The list suggests that she will be the antagonist in the story. She is likely to essay the role of the emperor’s manipulative wife. Apart from her, Riyaz Khan and Kishore will respectively play Soman Sambavan and Ravidhasan. These two will also play negative roles in the film.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was reportedly going to reunite with her father-in-law, Amitabh Bachchan, for Ponniyin Selvan. But the latest buzz is that he has been replaced by Prakash Raj. His character is named Sundara Chozhar. Karthi, Trisha, Jayam Ravi will also essay key roles in the film.

Rai Bachchan and Ratnam have earlier worked together on Iruvar in 1997 and then in 2007 with Guru and 2010 with Raavan. Talking at an event in Chennai earlier, the actress had opened up about the film and said, “You all already know. I’m working with garu, my guru, in Ponniyin Selvan. It’s my honour and privilege to work with him any and every time, throughout my lifetime as an actor. I’m really looking forward to it.”

The period drama is said to be set in the 10th century and is based on the life of Chola Emperor Arulmozhi Varman. The film is an official adaptation of the Tamil novel by Kalki called Ponniyin Selvan.