Tamil upcoming movie Chekka Chivantha Vaanam represents the story of Ponniyin Selvan. This film is directed by Mani Ratnam, produced by Mani Ratnam and Allirajah Subaskaran, and composed by Oscar winner A.R.Rahman. Director Mani Ratnam’s ‘Thalapathy’ and ‘Raavanan’ were also adapted from ‘Mahabharatham’ and ‘Ramayanam’. This time Mani Ratnam adapted his story from ‘Ponniyin Selvan’.
Chekka Chivantha Vaanam and Ponniyin Selvan Characters:
|Chekka Chivantha Vaanam||Ponniyin Selvan|
|Prakash Raj||Sundara Chola|
|Arvind Swami||Aditya chola|
|Vijay Sethupathi||Vallavarayan Vandiya devan|
Parantaka Sundara Chola
At the height of his successes, Parantaka I’s dominions comprised almost the whole of the Tamil country right up to Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. It is clear from other Chola grants that Parantaka was a great militarist who had made extensive conquests. He may have had it recorded, but those records are lost to us. He is known to have defeated the kings of Deccan kingdoms by 912.C.E and completed at least temporarily the conquests started by his father Aditya. He had the Cheras as his close ally and the relationship was further strengthened during this reign. Villavan Mahadeviyar, one of the queens of Parantaka who bore him the son Arinjaya was a daughter of the Chera prince Paluvettaraiyar.The copper-plate inscriptions detail Parantaka’s promotion of agricultural prosperity by the digging of numerous canals all over the country.
Aditya I is known to have built a number of temples 108 for Shiva along with the banks of the Kaveri. The Kanyakumari inscription gives us the information that Aditya I was also known by the surname Kodandarama. There is a temple near the town of Tondaimanarrur called Kodandarameshvaraa, also mentioned in its inscriptions by the name Adityesvara. This seems to have been built by Aditya I. He also revised Annamalaiyar sanctum in Thiruvannamalai during 872 – 900. Aditya also was the patron of Sureswara and Prabhakara who was pupils of Kumarila Bhatta a favorite student of Adisankaracharya. The author of that work does confirm that they settled in the banks of Kaveri (Sibiu Kaveriteere meaning in the country of Cholas (Sibi is an ancestor of Cholas)) and were employed by Manukula Aditya (Aditya Chola). Aditya had a long and victorious reign during which he laid the foundation of the future greatness of the Chola empire. Aditya Karikalan had fallen in love with Nandhini.
When the story starts, the emperor Sundara Cholan is ill and bedridden. Aditya Karikalan is the general of the Northern Command and lived in Kanchi and Arulmozhivarman (who would be famous later as Raja Raja Chola I) is in Sri Lanka in battle and their sister Kundavai Piratti lived in Chola royal household at Pazhayarai. The story is set in motion when the rumor starts that there is a conspiracy against Sundara Chola and his sons. One person who gets a glimpse of the Pandya conspirators is a warrior the Vanar Kula Veeran Vallavarayan Vandiyathevan at the palace of his friend Kandhamal.
I always wonder about Madurantaka Uththama Chozhan. As Gokul says in his Facts n Fiction, we should always distinguish between the real one and Senthan Amuthan. The historical Madurantakan was after power. He might have been miffed at Sundara Chozhan’s proclamation of AK as crown prince. Then he should have played a few games along with his mother to gain the throne. These people seemed to have a pulled a lot of strings and carried out lots of plots to get the throne. I would love to believe that Senthan Amuthan sat in the hallowed throne of the Chozhas with Poongkuzhali by his side. Don’t a flower-gathering boy and a boat-rowing girl makes an offbeat royal couple.