The Rs 1,000 crore Mahabharata is based on MT Vasudevan Nair's critically acclaimed novel Randaamoozham and is commissioned by a UAE-based Indian businessman. Randaamoozham is the narration of India's longest epic from the perspective of mighty Bheem, the third Pandava brother. In the film, south actor Mohanlal will play the central role.
Allu Aravind, who has produced filmmaker S S Rajamouli's Magadheera, said in a press statement, "It's a huge responsibility but the Ramayana needs to be told on the big screen in the most magnificent way possible. We are committed to delivering a spectacular extravaganza," reports Hindustan Times.
Namit Malhotra is the son of filmmaker Naresh Malhotra who has helmed Bollywood films like Dil Ka Rishta, Kranti and Achanak. Madhu Mantena co-owns Phantom Films with Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Vikas Bahl.
(With IANS inputs)