Amitabh Bachchan, who has played a voice-over artiste for several films in the past, is all set to turn narrator for debutant director Shiv Sagar’s mythological drama, Arasuri Maa Ambe. The film chronicles history of the Ambaji Temple, which is situated near the border of Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Arasuri… happens to be India’s first mythological film, shot completely in steroscopic 3D. Sagar, who is the grandson of late Dr Ramanand Sagar, approached the actor recently, and the latter instantly said yes. “When my father and I approached Bachchan saab, he immediately agreed. My father, Prem Sagar and the Bachchan family go way back. Jayaji and my father studied together at Film & Television Institute of India, Pune, together,” said Sagar. The film stars television actors such as Tej Sapru (as King Daksha), Tarun Khanna (as Shiva) and Piyali Munshi (as Sati). While Khanna has worked with Sagar before in Kahani Vikram aur Betal Ki, Munshi played the lead role of Durga on another of Sagar’s show, Jai Jag Janani Maa Durga.
Sagar, who recently set up his own production house, Eastern Motion Pictures, stated that he is in talks with a leading movie studio for a big budget fantasy film, the script of which was written over a period of two years. He adds, “It’s time I took the plunge and experimented with genres. The fantasy film will be my first step in this direction,” he added.