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What Happened To Nandini In Ponniyin Selvan? Where Is She Now- Family And Net Worth

Nandini is the fictional character of actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s upcoming period action Indian film Ponniyin Selvan: I (PS-I). 

Ever since the makers launched her ethereal poster, there has been a lot of buzz and excitement around Aishwarya’s character, Nandani. The audience must be dying to know what happened to Nandini in Ponniyin Selvan.

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The film is being helmed by the talented director Mani Ratnam. It is his dream project.

Ponniyin Selvan is based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s 1955 fictional Tamil novel of the same name. The novel is loosely based on the historic Chola dynasty, one of the longest-reigning dynasties.

What Happened To Nandini In Ponniyin Selvan? The Character’s Past Is Mysterious

Nandini is the main antagonist of the novel. She is the queen of Pazhuvoor and the wife of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar, the chancellor.

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What Happened To Nandini In Ponniyin Selvan
The poster of the historical period drama Ponniyin Selvan. Source: Times of India

Nandini’s beauty and charm captivated men and women of all ages. In the novel, the queen is known for luring men and using them to plot.

Kalki also depicts the antagonist as sharp, witty, determined, and often steps ahead of other ministers and the council. However, she is bitter with a vengeance and a threat to the Chola dynasty.

The writer has kept Nandini’s origin pretty mysterious in the books.

Nandini’s mother, Mandakini Devi, will also be played by Aishwarya Rai. Mandakini Devi deaf and mute. She is also known as Singaara Naachiyar or Ooma Rani (The Mute Queen).

In the novel, Nandini’s mother, Mandakini, starts liking the Chola King, Sundara Chola. However, the two cannot marry as they come from rival clans (Cholas Vs. Pandyas).

Mandakini gave birth to twins, Nandini and Madurantaka. However, the paternity of the twins remains a mystery throughout the book.

Readers of Ponniyin Selvan are left to guess and make theories about Nandini’s biological Father.

Nandini’s brother, Madurantaka, is raised as the King’s cousin, while Nandini is presented in a priest’s family who grows up playing with the royal children.

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The Beautiful Queen Nandini Is The Main Conspirator

The beautiful Nandini develops a love interest in Aditha Karikalan, King Sundara Chola’s eldest son and heir apparent. However, their match is not accepted by Queen Sembiyan Mahadevi, and the two are separated.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Queen Nandini in PS-I. Source: Times of India

Kundavai Devi, the Chola princess and sister of Aditha Karikalan does not get along with Nandini as she is envious of her beauty. There is a lot of tension between these two women.

The novel’s turning point is when Prince Aditha Karikalan kills King Veerapandiyan and agitates Nandini, as the deceased was extremely special to her.

In the novel, readers are confused about the relationship between Nandini and King Veerapandiyan. Are they lovers or Father-daughter? Perhaps, the movie will reveal the identity of Nandini’s Father.

The clever queen takes an oath to take down the Chola dynasty and conspires with the Pandyas. She also marries the Chola King’s chancellor, Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar, in an attempt to use him to get inside information.

Nandini wants her brother, Madurantakan, to ascend the throne. So, with the help of the Pandya conspirators, she plans to invite Aditha Karikalan to her palace for a discussion and murder him. Despite knowing the dangers of the invitation, the Chola prince visits the queen of Pazhuvoor. 

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Character Nandini Net Worth

It isn’t easy to estimate the net worth of a fictionalized character.

However, the Cholas were a wealthy dynasty. People in the Chola dynasty were so rich that they would bathe with curd daily. Therefore, given Nandini’s proximity to the palace, we can assume she leads a comfortable life.

Later, after Nandini ascends the throne as Queen of Pazhuvoor, she becomes even more prosperous.

Women of the Chola dynasty, Kundavai Devi, the Chola princess, and Queen Nandini are pictured in stunning gold jewelry. Source: OTT Play

In the stills from the movie, Aishwarya Rai’s character is adorned with stunning gold jewelry and accessories.

The former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, has a staggering net worth of $100 million.

The historical pan-Indian film Ponniyin Selvan will release on September 30 in theatres.



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