The Mahabharata: Mother Of Mega-Budget Movies

The huge budget of Rs 1000 crores makes The Mahabharata the most-expensive film in the Indian cinema, surpassing other mega-budget movies like Bahubali series and Rajnikanth’s 2.0.

Hyderabad: The adaptation of epic Mahabharatha that is going to be produced with a mega budget of Rs 1000 crores will have actor Mohanlal in the central role. This was confirmed by Mohanlal through a video posted on a social media platform. He told his fans that he would be playing the role of Bheema, who is known for his matchless strength. The events of the Mahabharata would be told through Bheema’s perspective in the film.  The movie is based on MT Vasudevan Nair’s critically acclaimed novel, Randaamoozham. The finance for the project is being provided by a UAE-based Indian businessman.

Sharing how the whole thing evolved, Mohanlal said that he aspired for a visual representation of the novel when he was reading it the umpteenth time. Saying that it is a privilege to play the role of Bheem, he thanked the businessman Shetty for trusting him. To narrate the story to the world in the best way and beautifully, it needs a world-class budget, he observed. He saluted Shetty who agreed to give Rs.1000 crores to the project.

The huge budget makes The Mahabharata the most expensive film in Indian cinema, surpassing other mega-budget movies like Bahubali series and Rajnikanth’s 2.0. to be released in November.

The film being made with an aim to have an identity across the continents will be made in two parts and released in six languages, told the producer Shetty. The film would be shot in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu initially and later will be dubbed into other Indian languages and foreign languages, he said. Founder and chairman of UAE Exchange and NMC Healthcare, Setty said that the cast would be picked up by an internationally famous casting director.

The shooting for the first part will start in 2018 and is scheduled to hit the screens in 2020.

Mohanlal’s entire message:

“Writer and Jnanpeeth Award winner Vasudevan Nair in his Rrandamoozham tells the story of Mahabharatha through the perspective of Bheem. Even I grew up listening to stories of Mahabharata like you all. It is the king of epics that has been ingrained not only in our culture but also our psyche. I was deeply influenced by Randaamoozham, like Mahabharata. I read the novel so many times that I can’t even remember the number. Reading it the umpteenth time, I wished that there would be a visual representation for this. Playing the role of Bheem is a great opportunity to me and I thank Shetty for his faith in me. To narrate the story in the best way and beautifully, it needs a world-class budget. I salute Shetty who gave Rs.1000 crores to the project. This is a gift that he is going to leave for the future generations and it is a legacy in itself. His commitment shows his dedication to Mahabharata and our country’s culture. Only Indians are the ones that love their country and be deeply committed to it can take such decision. I would also like to share the relentless work of VA Shrikumar Menon to make the film ready as per schedule. I can say without any doubt that he will fulfil his commitment. I want to thank Shetty for trusting me. I would extend all the support needed from my side.”

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Kamal Hassan Insults Baahubali, Says Its Mixture Of Ramayana and Mahabharata

Tamil Super Star Kamal Haasan has made light of Baahubali 2 saying that the story is nothing but a mixture of two epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Chennai: With praise pouring on Baahubali, here is a South Indian Super Star who insulted Baahubali by saying the flick is a mixture of epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Magnum opus Baahubali 2 created records across the globe and received applauds from critics, but there are a few who could not digest the success of the flick. After Bollywood Director Anil Sharma belittled records of Baahubali, Kamal Hassan has joined the band by insulting the script of the flick.

” What is so special in Baahubali, it is a combination of two epics Ramayana and Mahabarata,” Kamal said.

When questioned about doing a film like Baahbali, Kamal said he is neither a sheep nor a shepherd to follow something that creates temporary hype.

I have my own styles and I would stick to my style of doing different movies, Kamal further added.

It is right for Kamal to do different movies, but insulting flick which did wonders at BO and which made South Indian Cinema proud is not proper thing to do for a senior actor, felt film observers.

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I will make the Mahabharata: Rajamouli

“My longtime desire is to make a film on the Mahabharata. You can imagine the scale on which it has to be made and it will be beyond anybody’s imagination.”

Hyderabad: SS Rajamouli, the creator of Bahubali, said that he would make a film on the Mahabharata. He said it is one of his lifetime ambitions.

Buoyed by the success of Baahubali, Rajamouli said the team never anticipated a return of Rs 1000 crore only for the second part of the sequel.

“I’m going to be honest and tell you that we wanted this kind of success. We strove hard and longed for it. When we achieved it, it’s so hard to believe that I still cannot come to terms with this overwhelming feeling. It’s tough to believe if this success is even real,” Rajamouli said in an interview.

The movie has smashed all box office records and became the highest grosser in the Indian film industry.

Will this success mean that he aspires to make something even bigger?

“My longtime desire is to make a film on the Mahabharata. You can imagine the scale on which it has to be made and it will be beyond anybody’s imagination. It’s been on my mind for quite long but I don’t know yet when it will happen… But it will happen one day”, the director confirmed.

Mr Rajamouli felt his creation has the potential to last long and continues to enthrall the audience — not just in cinematic form, but in other forms also.

“The world of Baahubali goes beyond films, and there is so much more to explore. So, I wish it should not end. Audiences can still continue rooting for the characters from the world of “Baahubali” via comics, animation series and novels” he said in his interview to India Abroad News Service.

Rajamouli said that he created the world of ‘Baahubali’ for our actors to understand their character better. When we look at Baahubali and Bhallaladeva, the warring brothers, what we see in the film is just a minor part of their lives, he said.

In the ‘Baahubali’ universe, there is so much more worth knowing about them. The same applies to other characters too, Rajamouli explained.

“The world of ‘Baahubali’ is so fascinating. I wish it didn’t end. It shouldn’t end and I will pray for it,” he added.

Rajamouli said that there are backstories for each character in the world of ‘Baahubali’ — Some really powerful scenes, which needed to be told. Unfortunately, film medium has its own limitations and not all stories work very well in it. The story of Sivagami, for instance, is so powerful and exhaustive that the character could make wonders as a novel,” Rajamouli said.

Sivagami’s story has been turned into a three-part novel. “The Rise of Sivagami” by Anand Neelakantan is the first book in the trilogy.

Talking about the “Baahubali” universe being expanded into an animation series titled, “Baahubali: The Lost Legends”, Rajamouli said he’s a big fan of the medium.

“I’m a huge fan of Disney films. Lately, I have been fascinated by 3D animation and I’m glad we could visualize ‘Baahubali’ universe through this medium. Even though it doesn’t cater to a larger audience as cinema, it’s widely popular and fast catching up in India,” he said, taking pride in partnering with Graphic India and Amazon Prime Video for this initiative.

The second episode from “Baahubali: The Lost Legends” will be unveiled on Friday on Amazon Prime.

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