Setting a rare record in the Indian film industry, Dr B.R. Shetty, UAE based billionaire businessman and philanthropist is investing Rs. 1000 crore (USD 150 million) to produce India’s biggest ever motion picture, THE MAHABHARATA. This magnum opus is being directed by noted ad man and advertising film maker V.A Shrikumar Menon. 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 dubbed into major Indian languages and leading foreign languages.
The technical crew of this film would include some of the great names in the world cinema. The cast will have the best of talents from Indian cinema as well as some big names from Hollywood.
It remains almost impossible to narrate Mahabharata on the big screen except by way of adaptation of M T Vasudevan Nair’s Jnanpeeth Award winning novel Randamoozham (The Second Turn). This novel narrates Mahabharata through the eyes of Bhima, the second brother of the Pandavas. The screenplay is written by the writer himself who holds a record of maximum national awards for screen writing.
Director V A Shrikumar, 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.”
“Mahabharata is an epic of all 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. I am confident that this film will be adapted in over 100 languages and reach over 3 billion people across the world. Am awestruck by the fantastic screenplay by Sri. MT and I have tremendous faith in the ability of V.A. Shrikumar to paint this narrative on celluloid. His passion and energy are boundless,” said Dr B.R.Shetty, Founder and Chairman of UAE Exchange and NMC Healthcare.
Commenting on the initiative, Padma Bhushan M.T. Vasudevan Nair said “I’m extremely happy with Dr. B. R. Shetty’s belief in the potential of the story and his passion and commitment to take it to global audiences. I sincerely congratulate him for his vision in backing a project of this scale.”