The major Sanskrit epic of ancient India – Mahabharata – which has been made into TV series in the past, is now being made into a movie.
Chairman of UAE Exchange and NMC Healthcare – an Indian businessman – B R Shetty would invest Rs 1000 crore ($150 million)in what could be the country’s most expensive film.
The ambitious project will be directed by ad filmmaker VA Shrikumar Menon. According to the reports, the multilingual film would be made in two parts.
The shoot will begin in September next year and the film is expected to release in early months of 2020. The sequel of the movie will come soon after the release of its primary part.
The best of the talents available across the world are working upon the movie as some of the cast and the crew include Academy Award winners as well.
The script will be based on an adaptation of M T Vasudevan Nair novel Randamoozham (The Second Turn), which narrates ‘The Mahabharata’ through the eyes of Bhima, the second of the Pandavas. Nair holds a record of maximum National Awards for screenwriting in the history of Indian cinema.
“This film will have an identity across continents, with their representatives donning the myriad characters in ‘The Mahabharata’! A global team led by an internationally renowned casting director will handpick the cast.”
“The film will be shot primarily in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu and will be dubbed into major Indian languages and leading foreign languages,” said Shetty.
“I am confident that this film will be adapted in over 100 languages and reach over three billion people across the world,” he added.
Shrikumar Menon, Director, who has been living the script and researching for this project for the past few years, said “We are fully geared to attain the next level of production quality and visual magic, as well as narrative wizardry with this initiative.”
Interestingly, filmmaker SS Rajamouli is also planning a cinematic version of The Mahabharata. He had reportedly discussed the idea with Aamir Khan, who has shown keen interest in the movie.