Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty, better known as Dr BR Shetty, a UAE-based billionaire businessman and philanthropist is all set to invest Rs 1,000 crore to produce Mahabharata. The multilingual magnum opus - it will be shot primarily in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu and will be dubbed into major Indian and foreign languages - will be directed by ad man VA Shrikumar Menon. What’s more, Malayalam superstar Mohanlal has already been roped in to play Bheem.
Mohanlal confirmed the news on Facebook:
Mohanlal, Actor (As told to PTI)Like many of us, I grew up to the tales of the Mahabharata. I consider myself lucky to be named to be named to play Bheema who is the pivotal character in Randamoozham. I am thankful to everyone who believes in me.
Based on MT Vasudevan Nair’s Jnanpith-winning novel Randamoozham, this is Mahabharata through the eyes of Bheem, the second of Pandavas.
Dr BR ShettyMahabharata is an epic of all epics. This movie will be a true ‘Make in India’ that’s made for the world. I believe that this film will not only set global benchmarks, but also re-position 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.
The film, that is scheduled to go on the floors sometime in September 2018, promises to draw some huge names of Indian cinema and will be made in two parts. The release date hasn’t been finalised, though it is estimated to be the first half of the year 2020.
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