The epic narrative of the fate of Kauravas and the Pandavas, and one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India – Mahabharata – which has been made into TV series in the past, is now being made into a movie, and looks like it is going to be bigger than ever.
Chairman of UAE Exchange and NMC Healthcare – an Indian businessman – B R Shetty is investing Rs. 1,000 crore (USD 150 million) to produce the movie. Furthermore, V A Shrikumar Menon, a renowned ad filmmaker is directing the movie, which will be released in two-parts.
Indeed, the best of the talents available across the world are working upon the movie as some of the cast and the crew include Academy Award winners as well.
“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 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,” said Shetty.
“I am confident that this film will be adapted in over 100 languages and reach over three billion people across the world,” he added.
Commenting on the initiative, Padma Bhushan awardee and noted Malayalam writer M T Vasudevan Nair, recipient of almost every literary award in India, including Jnanpith Award and many abroad, said he was extremely happy with Shetty’s belief in the story’s potential and his passion and commitment to take it to global audiences.
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.”