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A UAE-based Indian businessperson is investing Rs 1,000 crore (USD 150 million) to produce India’s greatest ever movie, The Mahabharata. This showstopper is being directed by noted ad man and advertising producer V A Shrikumar Menon. It will be produced in two parts and is scheduled to go on the floors by September 2018 for a release in mid 2020. The second part will be released inside 90 days of the first. “The film will be shot primarily in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu and will be dubbed into major Indian languages and driving foreign languages ,” a release from an company owned by serial business person and B R RPT B R Shetty, who is support the film, said.

The film will be a meeting up of the crème de la crème of Indian and worldwide silver screen regarding cast and crew. The technical crew would incorporate a portion of the colossal names in world cinema, including some Academy Award winners. The cast would have the best of talents from Indian film, and in addition some huge names from Hollywood.

“This film will have a personality crosswise over landmasses, with their agents wearing the myriad characters in The Mahabharata! A global team led by a internationally eminent casting directors will handpick the cast,” the release said. It said Shetty has been a keen supporter of Indian arts and culture for over many decades. It remains practically impossible to narrate The Mahabharata on the big screen with the exception of by adjustment of M T Vasudevan Nair’s Jnanpeeth Award winning novel Randamoozham (The Second Turn), which portrays the epic through the eyes of Bhima, the second of the Pandavas.

“The screenplay is written by the writer himself, who holds a record of greatest national awards for screen writing ever,” in the history of Indian cinema the release said.

This ancient Sanskrit epic has been a topic of imaginative adjustment in different arrangements for some decades.There have additionally been endeavors to render it, yet triumphs have been restricted to the stage or serialization for TV audiences. Subsequently, this project would be the first of its kind to take the epic which has connected with eras of audiences on the silver screen at such a stupendous level, the release said.

Shetty, Founder and Chairman of UAE Exchange and NMC Healthcare,said the motion picture would be a genuine Make in India made for the world and he trusted it would set worldwide benchmarks, as well as reposition India and its ability in fanciful narrating.

“I am confident that this film will be adapted in more than 100 languages and reach more than three billion people over the world,” he was cited as saying in the release.

Remarking on the activity, Padma Bhushan awardee and noted Malayalam writer M T Vasudevan Nair, recipient of practically every literary honor in India, including Jnanpith Award and some abroad, said he was to a great degree content with Shetty’s confidence in the story’s potential and his enthusiasm and commitment to take it to worldwide audiences.

Shrikumar Menon, Director, who has been experiencing the script and researching for this project for as long as couple of years, said “We are completely equipped to accomplish the following level of creation quality and visual enchantment, and in addition story wizardry with this activity.”

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