Mohanlal’s Rs 1000 crore Mahabharatham gets PM Narendra Modi’s backing
The film will be helmed by ad-filmmaker Shrikumar Menon, and it will be made as a two-part project. It will go on the floors next year and release in 2020.Updated: Jun 05, 2017 08:42 IST
Malayalam superstar Mohanlal will be seen in the big screen adaptation of Mahabharatham. The film, an adaptation of MT Vasudevan’s book Randamoozham, is reportedly to be made on a budget of a whopping Rs. 1000 crore.
With the project set to take off later this year, it has already faced its first big blow in the form of protests from pro-Hindu groups over the film’s title. Apparently, members of Kerala Hindu Aikya Vedi had opposed the release of the film unless its title is changed. However, the unexpected support from PM Narendra Modi has come as a blessing for the movie.
According to industry sources, the film’s makers have received a letter from Modi in which he said he awaits the release of the film which will be a matter of pride for the entire nation.
The team of Mahabharatham, acknowledging Modi’s support, has sought permission to meet him and they have been granted. It will be interesting to see what will president KP Sasikala of the pro-Hindu group has to say now. Recently, she had said, “Although we are happy that a big budget film is coming from Kerala named Mahabharatham, we strongly feel a film which is close to the story of real Mahabharatham written by Vyasan should only carry its name. No other movie can be named Mahabharatham. If the movie is based on Randamoozham, let the name of the film also be named same. Veda Vyasan also has his rights.”
She went on to say that Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code is another version of Bible, but the book or its film adaptation was not titled Bible.
The film will be helmed by ad-filmmaker Shrikumar Menon, and it will be made as a two-part project. It will go on the floors next year and release in 2020.
First Published: Jun 05, 2017 08:32 IST