New Delhi, June 06, 2017 : In the first interaction with international media held on Jun 4, 2017, the producer, Dr B R Shetty, UAE-based billionaire businessman and philanthropist and the director, V A Shrikumar Menon, shared their vision and plans to build the US$150 million Mahabharata into a billion dollar franchise.
‘Mahabharata’ is to be made with master versions in three languages, i.e. Malayalam, English and Hindi. It will be dubbed and sub-titled in all Indian languages as well as major foreign languages.
Dr B R Shetty said, “Mahabharata is one of the greatest epics. This movie will be a true ‘Make in India’ made for the world. Mahabharata mesmerizes as well as brings focus on life and living. I believe that this film will not only set global benchmarks, but also reposition India and its prowess in mythological storytelling.
Multi-ilingual movie project, ‘Mahabharata’, has got much-needed boost in the form of support from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The entire country is proud about the fact that you are making a film based on Mahabharat at an investment of Rs 1,000 crore. I am eagerly awaiting the release of your film,” Modi said in the letter.
The team will be meeting the PM on June 7 to express its gratefulness. Dr B R Shetty plans to produce the said film on the basis of award winning Malayalam novel, ‘Randamoozham’ written by M T Vasudevan Nair.
Shooting for the film will begin in 2018. Malayalam superstar Mohanlal has been chosen to play the lead role of Bhima.