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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    Bornubus Dogra Rule 1846-1949 Senior Member

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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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    Kshatriya87 Senior Member Senior Member

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    No idea bro, abhi toh production stage mein hai.
     
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    Kshatriya87 Senior Member Senior Member

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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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    Mohanlal's 1,000cr film, The Mahabharata is already caught in a controversy

    http://www.dailyo.in/voices/mahabha...mohanlal-mt-vasudevan-nair/story/1/16986.html

    The announcement of a Malayalam film a couple of weeks ago got a euphoric response from across the country. It is being touted as India's most expensive film till date, with a Rs 1,000-crore budget featuring Malayalam superstar Mohanlal in the lead role. The movie, it is said, will be released in all major Indian and global languages.

    But the real awe factor was not only the jaw-dropping budget, it was the title of movie, The Mahabharata, which enthused the Indians more.

    The budget of the film is more than five times that of Baahubali: The Beginning, but a title like the Mahabharata is more than enough to set the Indian expectations soaring high.

    However, the fact is that most of the excited crowd is not aware of the theme of the movie apart from its title. Most people are misled by the title and it seems those behind the project too intended the same.

    The movie is based on a well-acclaimed Malayalam novel, Randamoozham. which means the second turn. The novel is considered to be a masterpiece by author, MT Vasudevan Nair, who will also be doing the screenplay for the film. The 1984 novel, which has two translations in English with titles Second Turn and Bhima: Lone Warrior, has won many awards in Malayalam.

    [​IMG]MT Vasudevan Nair.

    The novel is based on the author's interpretation of events and characters of the epic Mahabharata through the eyes of Bhima. In his version, the author has taken the liberty of straying away from the original story line of the epic. The author, fondly called MT, is well-known for mischievously changing the nature of historical characters in his writings. He is known for questioning the very nature of the good and the evil — by painting heroes as villains and vice-versa.

    This novel too is no different. To cite a few instances, Bhima, the central character in Randamoozham is not the mighty, respected, loved by his own and dreaded by the enemy, unlike the Bhima of the epic Mahabharata. If the Bhima from Mahabharata is the epitome of strength, power and victory, MT’s Bhima is completely opposite.

    The thread of the story itself is that the whole world is doing injustice to Bhima by making him a second in everything in his life — be it Draupadi’s love, or the respect he commanded among the Pandavas, as the title Randamoozham suggests.

    In the novel, he is always resentful in the step-motherly attitude meted out to him and he transmits only negativity throughout, unlike the original Bhima.

    It is not only the character of Bhima which is disfigured by MT in the novel. There is no divinity to Krishna in the story as well. He is even shown as a caste bigot who feels satisfied in the fact that it is a lower caste, Ghatotkacha, who died (and upper caste Arjuna is saved) in the fight against Karna.

    Another example is Mata Kunti, who is characterised as a prostitute by suggesting how she mothered Bhima from some random forest-dweller; Yudhishtira from Vidhura, the brother of her husband Pandu; and Karna from some charioteer.

    A controversy is raging in Kerala over naming the movie as Mahabharata. It is doubtful that the cheerleaders who lauded the announcement of the movie earlier will still favour naming it as Mahabharata after knowing that it is not the same epic that India reveres.

    However, the point is that nobody is against the novel Randamoozham, or making it into a film.

    The main argument at this point in time is that the adaptation of a novel, which deals with a few leaves taken out from the epic, should not be called Mahabharata. Instead it should either retain the original title, or use anything else other than that of the epic.

    Neither anyone is averse to the use of the name Mahabharata nor anyone is against the freedom of the writer to depict Bhima and other characters of Mahabharata in his own way.

    The issue is that if you want to name something as Mahabharata and want to show it to the world (producers have announced this to be a global project), then it must represent Ved Vyasa’s epic Mahabharata.
     
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    I have read alt-Mahabharatha book by some kerala suthor called "Bhimsen"...This is sounding more and more like something this author wrote.

    Must confess to puking few times while reading the hateful book. It shows Pandavas in such negative light that it was unbearable to read at times. Less said about Draupadi character the better.

    Wonder why Mohanlal would choose such a book to make it into a film. Would rather they straight up make Ved Vyas Mahabharatha, than this crap.

    If they do indeed make it into a movie based on the crap of this book, I am certain it will be boycotted by most Hindus voluntarily. In fact, we must strive to make sure it does not release in India.

    This looks to be a slap in the face of Hindus for success of Baahubali...
     
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    If Hidimbi's role is not played by a Assamese actress, I won't be watching
     
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    Fan of Hidimbi?


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    Well, my grandfather was Assamese so I like when something from my culture makes it onto the big screen lol
     
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    whr invaders hv been eulogised, heroes binned!!
    Such kind of ridiculous pop-literature has been taught in our 'esteemed' univs in the past, in the name of 'alt history'. needless to say that the subjects of this 'alterisation' have always been the doormats of the nation - the Hindus. Sun ke lene waalon ke kaan mein koi bhi aira-gaira natthu khaira mootkar chala jaata hai! Forget alt-history, no ghantallectual would even think of an idea to make a movie on the history of islamism or churchianity!

    And ofourse there will be many Hindus who'll definitely boycott if such a crap is manufactured, but there'll also be quite a few of the kind who'll think "what goes of our father?!", "Why does or would it bother us?!" too. We have 1-2 examples of such on this forum alone.

    @Kshatriya87 - SS Rajamouli's the one who's gonna fulfill your dream! And deliver ONE SHOLLID KICK to MT's freudian fantasies!
     
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