The proposed Rs.1,000 crore Mohanlal starer Mahabharata film project, Randamoozham, written by Malayalam author, MT Vasudevan Nair, to be produced by BR Shetty of the UAE Exchange and directed by VA Shrikumar Menon seems to be in limbo, if the report by news agency IANS is anything to go by. As per the media report, the author has asked the filmmakers to return his film script. Nair has approached the Munsif Court in Calicut to cancel the contract stating that he would return the advance money he had received from the filmmakers.
Randamoozham narrates the events of the Mahabharata through the perspective of Bheem. The author told the news agency that he wanted to get back his script from the filmmakers, apparently because of the inordinate delay in the take off of the project. He told IANS, “The agreement with the director was for three years and now it has become four years. Hence, I have asked for it.”
MT Vasudevan Nair had written the film’s script in both English and Malayalam. Financially backed by a UAE-based Indian businessman, Randamoozham was billed as the the costliest Indian bilingual project, noted the report.
On Facebook, the film’s director VA Shrikumar Menon explained that the project has been delayed due to “complicated financial plans” and because he was involved in another film, titled Odiyan. What is more, Menon had assured the author and fans waiting for Mohanlal’s film that the project is expected to take off in July 2019.
The original Facebook post written in Malayalam, means this, “I am at fault for not keeping him abreast of what was happening. I will very soon go and meet him and tell him about the progress. I was very busy with my present project Odiyan.”
It might be recalled that the big budget project was announced last year, when the leading actor of the Malayalam film industry, Mohanlal was roped in to play the role of Bheema, the second eldest of the five Pandva brothers. No other announcements regarding the film’s casting were made, added the report.
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