Following the huge success of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, a race has begun amongst filmmakers to create mythological epics on a grand scale for the big screen. Earlier there had been reports about a Mahabharata starring Mohanlal, where Rs 1000 crore would be invested by UAE-based billionaire BR Shetty. Now, Mumbai Mirror has reported the beginning of another epic based on Hindu mythology; The Ramayan. Mumbai Mirror reports, has three producers, Allu Arvind, Namit Malhotra and Madhu Mantena and all of them have come together to bring the mythological epic to the cinemas. The movie will be featured in 3 languages; Hindi, Telegu and Tamil and is being advertised as the country’s most ambitious project, with an estimated budget of Rs 500 crore. Shot in 3D, the movie would be released as a three-part series.
Producer Allu Arvind confirmed the development and told the Mirror that it was a huge responsibility but the Ramayana had to be told on the big screen in the “most magnificent way possible.” He said that all of them were committed to delivering an extravaganza. Allu Arvind is well known for his hit movie Ghajini, which had been adapted in Bollywood and had starred Aamir Khan as the lead. Arvind is not new to the mythological epic scene in movies either. His Magadheera had also been a massive hit all over the country.
According to the report, all three producers have been working on the script for over a year. Namit Malhotra, meanwhile, said that he had always wanted to raise the bar higher in Indian cinema. His company is known to have dealt with the stereo conversion and visual effects of Hollywood movies, like the Ghostbusters, Star Wars, Transformers, X-Men: Apocalypse and The Martian.