The greatest Indian epic Mahabharata is now shaping up into the motion picture at a high budget of Rs 1000 Cr. The film titled as ‘The Mahabharata’ and it is going to be released in 5 different languages Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi, and English. The latest reports clarify about Mahabharata filmmaking. As per the reports, A UAE-based Indian Businessman is investing Rs 1,000 crore (USD 150 million) in this film while the most popular filmmaker and ad maker V A Shrikumar Menon is directing this project. This is the biggest, and expensive project of Indian Cinema until now. The motion picture is going to be released in 2 parts part 1 is scheduled to release by September 2018 and the part 2 will hit the screens in 2020. As per the reports from sources, the sequel of part 1 will be released within 90 days of 1st part release.
Epic Film ‘The Mahabharata’ at Rs 1000 Cr on Indian Cinema
“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,” a release from a company owned by serial entrepreneur and B R Shetty, who is backing the film, said.
The Mahabharata movie technical crew includes big names nominated for the Academy awards. This movie is a good blend of Hollywood technicians in 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 release said.
The report has said, Shetty has been a sharp supporter of Indian arts and culture for over numerous decades. It remains practically difficult to portray The Mahabharata on the big screen except by adaptation of M T Vasudevan Nair’s Jnanpeeth Award-winning novel ‘Randamoozham'(The Second Turn), which portrays the epic through the eyes of Bhima, the second of the Pandavas.
“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.
This antiquated Sanskrit epic has been a subject of inventive adoption in different formats for a long time. There have also been endeavors to render it, yet triumphs have been restricted to the stage or serialization for TV stage of people. Henceforth, this venture would be the first of its kind to take the epic which has drawn in eras of groups of the audience on the silver screen at such an excellent level, the discharge said. Shetty, Founder and Chairman of UAE Exchange and NMC Healthcare, said the motion picture would be a genuine ‘Made in India’ made for the world and he trusted it would set worldwide benchmarks, as well as reposition India and its ability 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.
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.”