Malayalam superstar Mohanlal’s ambitious project, The Mahabharata, has run into trouble even before the project went on the floors. A pro-Hindu group has threatened to stall the release of the film demanding the makers to change the title of the film. But, now the film seems to have received the endorsement of the highest office of the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a letter to producer BR Shetty announcing his full support for the mammoth project.
Mahabharata ran into trouble recently when few Hindu groups in Kerala protested against the use of Mahabharata as the title for the film. The outfit, headed by K. Sasikala, said that they will not allow the release of the film if the makers continue with Mahabharata as the title.
On Sunday, however, Shetty announced that the film will release as Randamoozham, the original title of MT Vasudevan Nair’s award-winning novel, in Malayalam. In rest of the world, it will release as The Mahabharata.
In MT’s novel, the epic story is narrated from the perspective of Bheema, which will be played by Mohanlal. The film will be made in two parts with an estimated budget of Rs 1000 core. Each film will be 3 hours long and will have a huge star cast and crew from around the world. The shooting of the film, which will be directed by Shrikumar Menon, is scheduled to begin in 2018.
“The project will go on the floors in Abu Dhabi. I prospered and earned money in Abu Dhabi, so I want this film first to be shot in there before we move to other parts of the world,” Shetty told media.
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