MAHABHARATA: An epic novel to turn Rs. 1,000-crore film (My Wish Came True)

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    http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/an-epic-novel-to-turn-rs-1000-crore-film/article18089725.ece

    Randamoozham , with a pan-Indian cast, will be the ‘costliest’ Indian release ever
    Back in the early 1980s, a young man came back from the brink of suicide because he wanted to read a novel that had just begun to be serialised in a Malayalam weekly. Randamoozham ( Second Turn in English translation), considered the masterpiece of Jnanpith award winner M.T. Vasudevan Nair, made Pazhayidom Mohanan Namboothiri, now one of the best-known traditional chefs in Kerala, want to live on.

    The epic novel is now being made into a film at a cost of Rs. 1,000 crore and is expected to be the most expensive Indian film ever. It is being produced by UAE-based entrepreneur B.R. Shetty.

    The story has Bhima narrating the Mahabharata from his point of view.

    M.T., as the novelist is popularly known in Kerala, has written the script. The writer, a national-award winning film-maker himself, has penned some of the finest scripts in Indian cinema.

    Two-part work

    “I have not left anything out of the novel, and the film will have two parts,” M.T. told The Hindu here on Monday. “I believe that Randamoozham could not be condensed to three hours or less, and that is why it has taken this long for it to reach the production stage.”

    Randamoozham , translated into different languages and still one of the best-selling works in Malayalam, is widely admired for its deep analysis of various characters of the Mahabharata and the beauty of the language.

    Malayalam actor Mohanlal will play Bhima, and seasoned adman V.A. Shrikumar Menon will helm the film. “The cast is being finalised,” Shrikumar said. “We will have actors from major Indian languages.”


    Filming begins in 2018

    Shrikumar said the film’s shoot would start in September 2018. “It will reach cinemas in 2020,” he said. “It will be made in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu.”

    The film is titled Randamoozham in Malayalam and Mahabharata in other languages.

    “The shoot alone is likely to last a year,” Shrikumar said. “And there would be a lot of graphics, which could cost something like Rs. 200 crore.”

    The two parts will be released within three months of each other.

    Mr. Shetty, who was born in Kaup in Udupi district, said the film has been conceived as a ‘Make In India’ project for the world to sit up and watch. It would be shot in different locations across India. The story of Mahabharata, on which the film is based, Mr. Shetty said, "offers a lesson to the world" in contrast to the "gimmickry" of the popular films of the day.

    Mr. Shrikumar said he is glad that Mr. Shetty came forward to fund the ambitious project. “It was Mr. Shetty who insisted that there should be no compromise on the quality of the film and said that finance should not be a constraint,” he said. “He told me that the Mahabharata was the pride of India and its film version also should be world class.”
     
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    NRI BR Shetty to invest Rs 1000 cr to produce India’s biggest-ever movie ‘The Mahabharata’

    The promoters of the movie claim that it would be the costliest Indian movie and made in Hollywood style with technicians sourced globally.

    UAE based NRI BR Shetty will invest `1,000 crore ($150 million) to produce India’s biggest ever motion picture ‘The Mahabharata’, a press release from Shetty’s NMC Healthcare said on Monday. Shetty is the founder and chairman of Abu Dhabi based ‘Nmc group’, which also includes institutions like UAE Exchange and Travelex. His London-listed NMC Health had acquired Al Zahra Hospital in Sharjah for $560 million last December. Forbes gives his real-time net worth at $3.1 billion as on March 2017.

    The promoters of the movie claim that it would be the costliest Indian movie and made in Hollywood style with technicians sourced globally. Hollywood movie The Fate of the Furious (Fast and Furious 8) is reported to be with a budget of $250 million. Recent commercial hit Bahubali featuring Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah and Anushka Shetty was made with a budget of `250 crore. Film sources report that ‘Baahubali: the Beginning’ had crossed the mark of `600 crore at the worldwide box office and become the third all-time highest grosser Indian film after PK and Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

    The Mahabharata will be directed by noted advertising film maker VA Shrikumar Menon with actor Mohanlal playing the role of Bhima. The Mahabharata will be produced in two parts and is scheduled to go on floor by September 2018 for a release 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, sources said. “I am confident that this film will be adapted in over 100 languages and reach over 3 billion people across the world,” Shetty said.

    The film will be an adaptation of MT Vasudevan Nair’s Jnanpeeth Award winning novel Randamoozham (The Second Turn). This novel narrates The Mahabharata through the eyes of Bhima, the second of the Pandavas. The screenplay is written by the writer himself who holds a record of maximum national awards for screen writing in the history of Indian cinema, sources added.

    “A film based on Randamoozham, if it has to do justice to epic Mahabharata, has to be created in epic dimensions to reach a global audience,” Mohanlal said in the press note.

     
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    :lol: Are they planning to give the role of Arjun to Dhanush and "Gangaputra" Bhishm Pitamah to Rajnikant

    Next they will say a Muzzie Slaman khan will become Bheem

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    Mohanlal as Bheem?! Do they mean Bheem after a hundred Buffets? Bheem was stocky & powerful and not fat and lumbering..

    I sincerely wish it is not based on the moronic Mayalam alt history book Bheemsen, which took a crap at Mahabharatha in a most vulgar way.

    And for god sake no Khans to mess up the film...
     
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    No idea bro, abhi toh production stage mein hai.
     
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    No, its some novel "randamoozham" I guess which gives mahabharata story from Bheem's perspective.
     
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    Even the book Bhimsen is from Bheem's perspective. It had extreme vulgar portrayal of other Pandavas, Draupadi and Krishna. Frankly it was offensive.
    Just hope this book they are basing this on does not take a similar crap...malayalam authors are notoriously anti-Hindu, at least the recent ones.
     
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    Any keralites here who've read the book?
     
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    "The writer, a national-award winning film-maker himself" This doesn't look like a good sign. Has anyone here read the book?
     
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    whr invaders hv been eulogised, heroes binned!!
    'Jnaanapeeth' awardee. up your antennae!
     
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    hoping to review the film for DFI when it releases:cool3:
     
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    I like the movie Arjun the warrior princess nice, Mahabharata in Arjun point of view.
     
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    KRK Wants Prabhas Not Mohanlal as Bheem; Gets Slammed on Twitter

    Kamaal R Khan, known more for his demeaning comments than anything else, has been in the news for all the wrong things. The self-claimed critic doesn't deter from his antics and keeps coming up with something or the other.

    This time, he decided to troll popular Malayalam actor Mohanlal, and compared him to Chota Bheem. "Sir @Mohanlal you look like Chota Bheem so then how will u play role of Bheem in Mahabharata? Why do you want to waste money of B R shetty?," he wrote.


    Sir @Mohanlal you look like Chota Bheem so then how will u play role of Bheem in Mahabharata? Why do you want to waste money of B R shetty?

    — KRK (@kamaalrkhan) April 18, 2017



    Soon after this, Twitterati and specifically the Malayalam community began criticising KRK for his comment.

    But this didn't stop him from taking digs at the actor. In a series of following tweets, KRK took jibes at Mohanlal and said that his Twitter following is much more than that of the actor's and that makes him a bigger star. "U idiot fans of @Mohanlal Aka Laalten Aka Chota Bheem, he has 1.7million follower n I have 3.7million. Calculate to know who is bigger star," he wrote.

    In another tweet that didn't go too well with the fans, KRK shared a picture of Mohanlal and said that it'll be the "biggest insult of Bheem if this joker plays role of greatest Bheem".

    People pls see this Chota Bheem. It will be a biggest insult of Bheem if this joker plays role of greatest Bheem. pic.twitter.com/9MhsEXMVq2

    — KRK (@kamaalrkhan) April 19, 2017



    KRK also maintained that Prabhas is the only actor in India who can play Bheem in the much-anticipated The Mahabharata.

    There is only one super star Prabhas (Bahubali) in India, who can play my favourite character greatest Bheem of #Mahabharata! Good night!

    — KRK (@kamaalrkhan) April 19, 2017



    He further took jibes at his fans and called them uneducated and old fashioned and even referred to them as "lukkhas and Mawalis."

    "Mohanlal is using Facebook n it's proof how old fashioned he is n of course his fans are lukkhas, Mawalis, uneducated who also use Facebook," he wrote.

    Modern, intelligent and educated ppl use @twitter while Mawalis, uneducated and old thinking ppl like Mohanlal still use Facebook only.

    — KRK (@kamaalrkhan) April 20, 2017



    He further added that modern educated people use Twitter and not Facebook. "Modern, intelligent and educated ppl use @twitter while Mawalis, uneducated and old thinking ppl like Mohanlal still use Facebook only."

    Modern, intelligent and educated ppl use @twitter while Mawalis, uneducated and old thinking ppl like Mohanlal still use Facebook only.

    — KRK (@kamaalrkhan) April 20, 2017



    A UAE-based Indian businessman is reportedly investing Rs 1,000 crore to produce India's biggest ever motion picture, The Mahabharata. Directed by VA Shrikumar Menon, the magnum opus will feature Mohanlal as Bhima.
     
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