Famous UAE-based billionaire B.R. Shetty will be producing India’s most expensive film – The Mahabharata.
Gulf news reported that the movie’s budget is $150 million (Dh550.8 million). The magnum opus will be based on the Hindu epic, set to be directed by filmmaker V.A. Shrikumar Menon.
BR Shetty, the founder and chairman of UAE Exchange and NMC Healthcare, said: “The Mahabharata is an epic of all epics. This movie will be a true ‘Make in India’ made for the world. The Mahabharata mesmerises as well as brings focus on life and living.
“I believe that this film will not only set global benchmarks, but also reposition India and its prowess in mythological storytelling. I am confident that this film will be adapted in over 100 languages and reach over 3 billion people across the world.”
The film will dwarf the budget of one of India’s most expensive films, South Indian star Rajinikanth’s upcoming 2.0, reportedly made on a budget of $62 million.
The film is set to go on the floor in September 2018 with a release planned for early 2020. It will be shot primarily in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu.
The script will be based on an adaptation of M T Vasudevan Nair novel Randamoozham (The Second Turn), which narrates The Mahabharata through the eyes of Bhima, the second of the Pandavas. Nair will also write the screenplay.