For the first time in Indian film industry, a movie would be made in multi-languages at a total cost of Rs 1000 crore. Dr. B R Shetty, UAE-based billionaire businessman and philanthropist is investing Rs 1000 crore in producing India’s biggest ever motion picture, Mahabharata.
To be directed by ad filmmaker V A Shrikumar Menon, Mahabharata will be produced in two parts and is scheduled to go on floor by September 2018 and will be released in early 2020. The second part of the film will be released within 90 days of the first part. 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.
The film will be a coming together of the creme de la creme of Indian and global cinema, in terms of its cast and crew. The technical crew would include some of the great names in the world cinema including some academy winners. A global team led by an Internationally renowned casting director will handpick the cast.
The movie is based on M T Vasudevan Nair’s Jnanpeeth Award winning novel Randamoozham (The Second Turn). This novel narrates Mahabharata through the eyes of Bhima, the second of the Pandavas.
Says Shetty, said, ‘Mahabharata is an epic of all epics. This movie will be a true ‘Make in India’ made for the world. Mahabharata mesmerises as well as brings focus on life and living. I am confident that this film will be adapted in over 100 languages and reach over 3 billion people across the world.’
We are fully geared to attain the next level of production quality and visual magic, as well as narrative wizardry with this initiative, says Shrikumar Menon.