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Ramayana 3D film trilogy with Rs. 500cr budget

11 May 2017 | Written by Ramya Patelkhana; Edited by Gogona Saikia

After Mahabharata, Ramayana will be the next to be translated to the silver screen.

Filmmakers Allu Aravind, Namit Malhotra, and Madhu Mantena will produce the film with an astronomical budget of Rs. 500cr.

The three-part film series will be shot in 3D and released in Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil.

The film's star cast and schedule have not been confirmed yet.

In context: Beyond Bahubali- New era in Indian cinema business

Indian EpicsTwo mega movies on Indian epics

Following the huge success of the Bahubali franchise, the Indian film industry is gearing up to produce two more mega movies on two Indian epics with massive budgets.

First is the cinematic adaption of the Mahabharata and the second is the ambitious project of the Ramayana.

Both the films promise a cinematic experience similar to that of SS Rajamouli's Bahubali.

Indian cinema business

With the franchise model trending in the Indian film industry, the two Indian epics can massively contribute to the cinema business, which faced a dull period last year. The business, however, survived the flat performance after Bahubali 2 earned over Rs. 1,000cr worldwide.
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MahabharataIndia's biggest-ever motion picture with Rs. 1,000cr budget

The film on Mahabharata is based on MT Vasudevan Nair's classic novel Randamoozham, which depicts the story through the eyes of Bheema.

Southern superstar Mohanlal will play the central character of Bheema while noted ad filmmaker VA Shrikumar Menon will direct the film.

Karnataka-born UAE-based businessman BR Shetty is investing a whopping Rs. 1,000cr to produce India's biggest-ever motion picture.

ScheduleThe mythological drama slated for 2020 release

The Mahabharata will be shot in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu and dubbed into other languages.

The two-part film will go on floors by Sep'18; the first part would be released in 2020 and the second within 90 days of the first.

The best of cast and crew of the Indian and global cinema will come together for the film.

11 May 2017Ramayana 3D film trilogy with Rs. 500cr budget

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