Battle scene between Kripa and Shikhandi from Mahabharata (Credits: Wikimedia Commons) (Others)
India is set to imagine Sanskrit epic 'Mahabharata' in the form of the most expensive film ever made in Indian history. The movie has a budget of $155 million and is being financed by B.R. Shetty, an Indian entrepreneur based in the United Arab Emirates.
Mahabharata is the world’s largest written poem ever with about 1.8 million words in total. Dated between 8th and 9th centuries, the book follows the story of two paternal cousins who battle for the ancestral kingdom of Bharata, according to Wikipedia. The movie based on the story will tell its story through the eyes of the brothers.
In a statement, B.R. Shetty said, “The 'Mahabharata' is an epic of all epics. I believe that this film will 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 3 billion people across the world.”
The film ‘Randamoozham’ will be an adaptation of the novel of the same name by M.T. Vasudevan Nair, an award-winning Malayalam author. Nair is also the scriptwriter for the film.
It will be directed by V.A. Shrikumar Menon.
It is expected to be shot and released in languages English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. The movie will be in two parts and will be released in 2020.
According to the official press release, the movie will “include some of the great names in world cinema including some Academy winners. The cast will have the best of talents from Indian cinema as well as some big names from Hollywood."
The previous records of most expensive Indian films was with upcoming Tamil language sci-fi thriller '2.0' which cost $62 million. The movie stars action superstar Rajinikanth.
Before 2.0 was announced, 'Baahubali' held the record with both its parts combined at $65 million.