By Pankaj Sachdeva
Poonguzhali (Aishwarya Lekshmi) is the boat woman who guides Vandiyathevan to Lanka. She gets a fantastic dramatic entry scene where she comes out of the sea while Vandiyathevan looks mesmerized by her. It is again worth noting her unconventional profession as a boater, something which has been dominated by men. All the other boaters in the film are men. She is also the one who hunts for fish while Vandiyathevan, the warrior, remains in the boat, feeling afraid as his horoscope said that he will have a grave in water. She then takes out a sharp weapon when he tries to flirt with her. Later, when the Pandyan rebels come to Lanka, she can sense something is wrong. Like Kundavai, she also goes to a meeting of the men of the Chola Kingdom, who were discussing war strategy among themselves. She reveals to them the plan of the Chola soldiers to arrest Arulmozhi. She speaks before the men without hesitation and agrees to help Arulmozhi even if the other commanders were asking her not to do it. In the final moments, she again plays a critical role in the confrontation between Arulmozhi and the Pandyan rebels.
1. The film mentions Lord Krishna and his 108 wives along including Bhama and Rukmini.
2. Parallels between Raavanan and Ponniyin Selvan: I.