Siddharth Tewary of Swastik Pictures (also the creative producer of Zee TV’s Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo and Sony Entertainment’s Maan Rahe Tera Pitaah) will soon start shooting the third version of Mahabharat on the outskirts of the city.
Contrary to rumours that the initial pilots had been rejected and the cast was not falling into place, the show will be on floors within two months.
Work in progress "The channel (Star Plus) will speak when the time is right. All I want to say is that rumours of my show being jinxed and stuck are baseless. No one can create such big canvas shows overnight. A project like this needs months of pre-production and research," he points out.
Tewary had earlier said that the show was being made for Star Plus and it would take him at least seven months to finish with the research and reccee.
According to a source from Swastik Pictures, most of the cast has been finalised, barring a few: "Contracts are being worked upon. Pilot shoots helped us nail apt actors. The channel and the production team are on the same page. The show should air early next year."
Mahabharat was earlier made by BR Chopra in the 1980-’90s for Doordarshan and more recently, in 2008, by Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms for 9X.
Tewary is undeterred by the latter’s failure and the former’s phenomenal success. “I love challenges,” he smiles.
A year or two ago, buzz was that producer Bobby Bedi’s Kaleidoscope Entertainment was recreating the epic for TV with big names and had shot about 50 episodes of animated and real action.
But the show, to be made as a part of Bedi’s 360-degree approach to the epic involving three films, two stage plays, comic books, animation content and gaming, didn’t see light of day. The thousand episode show was to be directed by Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi.