In the upcoming venture of Mani Ratnam titled Ponniyin Selvan, Aishwarya is to play a negative role. This has been the topic of discussion for quite a while, but the stir increased when people got to know she is to take on the persona of a villain.
The film is based on the popular Tamil novel of the same name penned by Kalki Krishnamurthy. There have been many attempts in the past to bring this project to the big screen but most of them failed. In the movie, Aishwarya will be essaying the role of Rani Nandini of Chola Dynasty, not many details regarding her are available at the moment.
Nandini was the wife of the chancellor and the treasurer of the kingdom, Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar. Her character is similar to that of Lady Macbeth, she is the one who pushed her husband to a point where he betrayed the ones he was supposed to protect.
Hence it is safe to say that her role in the film is that of a femme fatale, a seductress who used her wit to try and bring down the Chola dynasty. Mani Ratnam has been wanting to finish this project for a long while finally, his dream will come to life.