Amish Tripathi’s ‘Shiva Trilogy’ may now be adapted on the silverscreen by ace filmmaker Sanjal Leela Bhansali. And Hrithik Roshan is apparently the one who would essay the role of Lord Shiva in the film.
The first book in Tripathi’s Shiva trilogy, The Immortals of Meluha, is followed by the Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras. It was first published in 2010 by the author’s agent after it was rejected by several publishing houses and went on to become a raging success. It is set in the land of Meluha and starts with the arrival of Lord Shiva. In the story, the Meluhans believe that he is their fabled saviour Neelkanth and Shiva decides to help them in their war against the Chandravanshis, who had joined forces with the cursed Nagas.
According to a report in Firstpost, Bhansali bought the rights to make the film after Karan Johar’s contract expired. Moreover, reports suggested that Karan, who was initially supposed to make the film decided against it because he feared repercussions of making a film based on the Hindu God.
However, Amish Tripathi offered a different explanation. “The contract had expired. There were various issues but Karan and I have parted as friends,” he said, adding that a new contract has been signed with another studio.
The rights of the film bought by Johar expired and he surrendered them, which is when Bhansali expressed interest in the project. Johar’s film was titled Shuddhi, and several actors were said to have walked in and out of the project, including Varun Dhawan, Salman Khan and Tiger Shroff. This was cited as the reason why the film was shelved.
Hrithik has essayed a couple of historic characters in the past – he had played Mughal Emperor Akbar in ‘Jodha Akbar’ and Sarman in ‘Mohenjo Daro’ – both of which were directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. If a film on the Shiva Trilogy eventually turns into a reality and Hrithik is finalised for the lead role, it would mark the director-actor’s second project together after ‘Guzaarish’.
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