‘Make in India’ initiative congratulates producers of Rs 1000-cr ‘Mahabharata’ project

In MT's novel, the epic story is narrated from the perspective of Bheema, which will be played by Mohanlal. The film will be made in two parts with an estimated budget of Rs 1000 crore.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: June 10, 2017 9:28 pm
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The production team of the Rs 1,000-crore ‘The Mahabharata’ film project got a congratulatory message from the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Centre. The team has also sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apprise him about the project.

The film, that has Malayalam superstar Mohanlal at its centre, is based on MT Vasudevan Nair’s award-winning novel ‘Randamoozham’ in Malayalam. The epic story is narrated from the perspective of Bheema, to be played by Mohanlal.

The film will be made in two parts with an estimated budget of Rs 1,000 crore. Each film will be three hours long and will have a huge star cast and crew from around the world. The shooting of the film, which will be directed by Shrikumar Menon, is scheduled to begin in 2018.

“The project will go on the floors in Abu Dhabi. I prospered and earned money in Abu Dhabi, so I want this film first to be shot in there before we move to other parts of the world,” B R Shetty, the producer of the project, told media.

The film had initially run into a bit of trouble with a pro-Hindu group threatening to stall the release of the film unless its title was changed. “We are happy, but the Hindus here have a condition – only a film which is close to the story of real Mahabharatham written by Vyasan should carry its name. No other movie can be named Mahabharatham,” KP Sasikala, president of the Hindu Aikya Vedi had said.

MT Vasudevan Nair, the Jnanpith award winning author on whose book the movie will be based, had clarified that he has not distorted Vyasa’s script in any way, just interpreted his silence. The book was written after 18 years of research.

Shetty had subsequently announced that the film will release as ‘Randamoozham’ in Malayalam. In the rest of the world, it will release as ‘The Mahabharata.’

An earlier version of this article incorrectly quoted a report from Mathrubhumi newspaper to state that prime minister Narendra Modi had written a letter to the producers of the film announcing his support for the project. The error is regretted.

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    Mohan Tvm
    Jun 6, 2017 at 10:53 am
    There is a Malayalam proverb "Kaichittu Irakkanum Vayya, Madhurichiitu Thuppanum Vayya". If PM Modi does not relent, then MT may return his Jnanpith Award. But amoozham is Mahabharata upside down. Krishna is just a Yadav King and also portra a villain. Krishna saving Draupadi during panchali vastraharan is not mentioned here. MT is trying to project jealousy and enmity within the Pandavas. In MT's Mahabharata, Krisha wanted to kill Ghatotkacha because he belonged to a lower caste. Release the film as The Mahabharata for non-Malayali audience is also cheating. Snatching away the le from Ved Vyasa is same as Plagiarism
    1. T
      Jun 5, 2017 at 6:58 pm
      Modi's Kerala election campaign starts here !
      1. G
        Gopal Sriniwasan
        Jun 5, 2017 at 6:08 pm
        Hollywood is excel Scifi movies and are making scripts and movies with a futuristic mind set,Indians still c on to their past.when we will grow up???
        1. M
          Jun 6, 2017 at 7:38 am
          EPICS are that because they are "timeless". Read the Mahabharath in detail, not just in an outline. You will see its relevance for our times and for the future. You would find that "Human Nature" has not changed much in the last TEN Thousand years.
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          Curious onlooker
          Jun 5, 2017 at 5:42 pm
          A colossal waste of capital that could have been better spent on meeting demands for goods and services or creating industrial estates providing employments for many rather than glorifying a dead mythical past.
          1. M
            Jun 6, 2017 at 7:54 am
            It is private money involved. Not government's monies. Millions of dollars have been sent to ISIS by private Islamists. Sadly, we cannot object as to the utility of it. ISIS is losing and will lose after kil over 60,000 unarmed civilians and torturing many more. At least this is only a movie.
          2. V
            Jun 5, 2017 at 5:38 pm
            Bull .... why destroying Mahabharata with false story and wrong depiction of Bhima.. This is not expected from Modi.. Stop this BS...
            1. S
              Jun 6, 2017 at 10:10 am
              it is not wrong depiction or whatever ... just the writers way of imagining the entire Mahabharata from the perspective of Bheema ... Let us enjoy this version ... this will in no way dilute the original ... So lets enjoy ... if they are spending 1000 crore on this movie then definitely the technological effects will be a treat to watch ... just like or even better than bahubali which we all enjo as a movie ...
            2. B
              Jun 5, 2017 at 3:57 pm
              Mogambo khoos, Jhumla Bhagats choop.
              1. V
                Jun 5, 2017 at 2:58 pm
                An entire nation mired in the presumed glory of a mythical past.
                1. M
                  Jun 6, 2017 at 7:50 am
                  Vivek, I am not sure what you mean. Read that great Epic again and tell us if it is a story of "presumed glory". Some would argue that this Epic ends in tragedy, marks the start of KALI YUG. But the original SANSKRIT work is of great importance for the language, imagery, poetry and human drama.
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                  Vishwas Patil
                  Jun 5, 2017 at 2:56 pm
                  Malayalam actors most unfit for any character of Mahabharat. Plus laud acting. May be actually Rs. 100 crore project.
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