Mohanlal's Film on Mahabharata to Be Costliest Ever, Bizman Shetty to Invest Rs 1000 cr
This image depicts a scene from The Mahabharata
Kochi: A UAE-based Indian businessman is investing Rs 1,000 crore ($150 million) to produce India's biggest ever motion picture, 'The Mahabharata'.
This magnum opus is being directed by noted ad man and advertising film maker V A Shrikumar Menon.
It will be produced in two parts and is scheduled to go on the floors by September 2018 for a release in early 2020.
The second part will be released within 90 days of the first.
The film will be a coming together of the creme de la creme of Indian and global cinema in terms of cast and crew.
The technical crew would include some of the great names in world cinema, including some Academy Award winners.
The cast would have the best of talent from Indian cinema, as well as some big names from Hollywood.
It said Shetty has been a keen supporter of Indian arts and culture for over many decades.
It remains almost impossible to narrate The Mahabharata on the big screen except by adaptation of M T Vasudevan Nair's Jnanpeeth Award winning novel 'Randamoozham'(The Second Turn), which narrates the epic through the eyes of Bhima, the second of the Pandavas.
"I feel honored that my name has been heard for the role of Bhima ever since the news of a cinematic adaptation of MT Vasudevan Nair's Randamoozham started doing rounds. I feel humbled and honored at the same time that the author himself has envisioned me for enacting Bhima," the release quoted Mohanlal as saying.
"The screenplay is written by the writer himself, who holds a record of maximum national awards for screen writing in the history of Indian cinema," the release said.
Hence, this project would be the first of its kind to take the epic which has engaged generations of audiences on the silver screen at such a grand level, the release said.
Shetty, Founder and Chairman of UAE Exchange and NMC Healthcare, said the movie would be a true 'Make in India' made for the world and he believed it would not only set global benchmarks, but also reposition India and its prowess in mythological storytelling.
"I am confident that this film will be adapted in over 100 languages and reach over three billion people across the world," he was quoted as saying in the release.
Commenting on the initiative, Padma Bhushan awardee and noted Malayalam writer M T Vasudevan Nair, recipient of almost every literary award in India, including Jnanpith Award, said he was extremely happy with Shetty's belief in the story's potential and his passion and commitment to take it to global audiences.
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."
(With inputs from PTI)
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