Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has reportedly zeroed in on her next project and it is none other than Mani Ratnam who will direct the upcoming film. The beauty queen has been working with Ratnam from the onset of her career decades ago and has given us many memorable movies with him in Tamil and Hindi. The next one will see her in a period drama and we will get to see her in a never before seen avatar in this one for sure!
Aishwarya will play a negative character in the period drama that will be based on the historical Tamil novel by Kalki, Ponniyin Selvan. The story takes place in the 10th century before Raja Raja Chola became a king. Aishwarya will be seen as Nandini, the wife of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar, who served as the chancellor and treasurer of the Chola kingdom. Her character is written as a mysterious, power-hungry woman who manipulates her husband to plan the downfall of the Chola empire because she has been wronged by them. Aishwarya’s last film was Fanney Khan with Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao which did not do well at the box office.