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UAE-based billionaire to produce India’s costliest film
BY Ashraf Padanna April 17, 2017
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TRIVANDRUM: The UAE-based billionaire BR Shetty has announced India’s most expensive multilingual film spending Rs10 billion ($150 million). 'The Mahabharata,' starring Mohanlal, is based on Jnanpith laureate MT Vasudevan Nair’s Malayalam novel Randamoozham which portrays the Hindu epic’s mightiest character Bhima as a humane warrior.
In a statement on Monday, he said 'The Mahabharata' will be produced in two parts and is scheduled to go on floor by September next year and will be released early 2020.
The second part will be released within 90 days of the first part to be shot primarily in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu and dubbed into major Indian and foreign languages.
Adman VA Shrikumar Menon is the director of the film and Nair, an award-winning scriptwriter, is already ready with the script.
"The film will be coming together of the creme de la creme of Indian and global cinema, in terms of its cast and crew,” it said, without naming them.
"The cast will have the best of talents from Indian cinema as well as some of the big names from Hollywood.”
It said the technical crew would include some of the great names in the world cinema, including "some Academy winners."
Mohanlal, in a recent interview, had announced that he had signed to play the central character of Bhima. He also said he had got its script with him.
"This film will have an identity across continents, with their representatives donning the myriad characters in The Mahabharata,” said the statement.

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