BR Shetty confirms doing Mahabharatha, but with a new team!
UAE based Indian businessman BR Shetty was supposed to produce the movie adaptation of MT Vasudevan Nair’s ‘Randamoozham’, which was in turn a retelling of ‘Mahabharatha’. Mounted as an epic 1000 crore project, the movie was originally planned to be directed by Malayali filmmaker Shrikumar Menon with Mohanlal in the lead. But a fall out between MT and the director meant that the project had to be shelved. The writer has filed a case in the court demanding the return of his script.
However, BR Shetty has now confirmed that he will indeed be making ‘Mahabharatha’ but with a different team. Apparently, he has approached spiritual leader Sadhguru to suggest a suitable script for the movie. Shetty made it clear that he has moved out of Shrikumar Menon and MT, and doesn’t want to get involved in the legal battle. Shetty also added that he will be holding talks with the BJP and RSS to negate any further hurdles.
Shetty is quoted saying to Gulf News, “I want Sadhguru to suggest someone to write a new script for my film. I don’t want to be involved in the legal matters between Shrikumar Menon and MT Vasudevan Nair. I have distanced myself already. But for the new project I will get all the necessary permissions from the BJP, RSS. I don’t want any more problems now. The film will be shot in Abu Dhabi like we planned”.
When asked if Mohanlal would still be part of the film, Shetty said, “I don’t know yet. We have not selected any actors as of now. Right now, I am focussed on getting the story approved”.