9 historical dramas to watch if you enjoyed Mani Ratnam's Ponniyin Selvan-I

Aishwarya Srinivasan
Oct 13, 2022 07:06 IST
historical dramas

After watching Ponniyin Selvan, if your mind is still in the historical era where all that mattered was fighting for the throne, then these historical dramas are perfect for you!

Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan-I is currently garnering a lot of love from the audience. The film focuses on the Chola dynasty, one of the longest ruling dynasties in the history of India, and is based on a book by Kalki Krishnamurthy of the same name. The story shows us the rise of Arulmozhi Varman who is the Chola empire’s greatest warrior. The movie had everything from grand sets, war-like feels, and characters dressed in the most expensive jewels and costumes. Just everything you need to get engrossed in the world of a period drama. Highly talented actors of the south like Vikram, Trisha, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, and of course, our very own Aishwarya Rai Bachchan portrayed pivotal characters of the story phenomenally.

Since most historical dramas depict things from the past, they play with our imagination and show what or how a particular event in history took place. Who doesn’t wanna know about that? It’s just too interesting to let go. This is why most of the time when you love a period drama, you feel like watching other movies made on similar lines to keep that curiosity of ours about our own history going. And we sure do have a lot of other period dramas to rely on that give us the same magnum opus feeling that Mani Ratnam’s recent blockbuster gave us.

Also Read: Did Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan: I live up to the Janta’s expectations?

Let's check it out!

Asoka - Netflix

Just like Ponniyin Selvan- I, filmmaker Santosh Sivan’s 2001 historical drama Aśoka starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan, focused on the early life of a great Indian emperor, Asoka.

Baahubali - Netflix

One of the most successful films in the history of Indian cinema, Baahubali 1 and 2 also talk about true legacy, a conflict-ridden past, and stunning visuals.

Bajirao Mastani - Prime Video

Another celebrated period drama, Bajirao Mastani is the story of the heroic Peshwa Bajirao who is married to Kashibai and falls in love with the warrior Princess Mastani. An ultimate classic if you want that historic drama feel!

Jodha Akbar - Netflix

Aishwarya Rai Bacchan plays the character of Jodha just as effortlessly as she plays Nandini in Ponniyin Selvan-I. While Hrithik Roshan delivered a memorable performance as Akbar

Padmaavat - Prime Video

The movie is based on Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s poem of the same title. Deepika Padukone plays Queen Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor plays Ratan Singh but it was Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji who totally stole the show. 

Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy - Prime Video

Ten years before the Sepoy Mutiny, Emperor Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy of the Rayalaseema region fought the British East India Company in order to put an end to their atrocities. 

Panipat - Netflix

When Ahmad Shah Abdali, the king of Afghanistan, announces war, the army chief of the Marathas, Sadashivrao Bhau, gets ready for the battle.

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi - Prime Video

Manikarnika, the wife of the king of Jhansi, refuses to bow down when the East India Company tries to annex the kingdom.

Tanhaji: The unsung warrior - Disney+Hotstar

Tanhaji, a Maratha warrior, is Shivaji Maharaj's trusted lieutenant. When the Mughals invade and conquer the Kondhana fort, he sets out to reclaim it for his king and country. After Omkara, Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan come together for this action period drama.

Which of these historical dramas would you want to watch after Ponniyin Selvan-I? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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