PS2: The word of mouth is excellent, but the collections are not

Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan 2 was released last Friday to high anticipation, but the film ultimately failed to live up to its promise. Despite excellent early reactions and word-of-mouth evaluations, collections have steadily declined owing to a lack of public interest.

The film was performing extremely well in Tamil cities, but only moderately well in Telugu states, with higher numbers at multiplexes. Despite strong word of mouth, its Tamil weekend collections are not as high as the previous edition.

Critics have given the film mixed reviews, with some saying it’s too slow-paced and akin to a television serial, while others laud Adithya Karikalan’s depiction of Ponniyin Selvan. Some may believe that there is a lack of interest in preserving historical stories among youth, which could jeopardise the survival of these collections.

OTT platforms have provided an intriguing medium for telling tales in novel and imaginative ways. Lately, there has been controversy about Tamil people being offended by the finale of a movie because too much pity was shown to one character (Nandini). We might anticipate an uptick in collections this week.