Finally, our epic Mahabharata gets a Bollywood version. It's not easy to translate an epic to the film medium and many in B'wood has tried and failed doing it before. Once Maniratnam and Bobby Bedi almost started casting for their movie, based on Mahabharata but somehow the plan collapsed.
But now Disney India has announced, Mahabharata, with Abhishek Kapoor as the director. Abhishek is currently making a film named Fitoor with Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapoor in the lead. He will start co-ordinating the pre-production stage of Mahabharata after completing Fitoor. Abhishek plans to do the film with live action technology, based on writer Ashok Banker's script. Ashok Banker is the author of eight-volume Ramayana series.
When quizzed about his reason for choosing such a mega project, he answered that it is Bhagwad Gita of Mahabharata that inspired him to take up the project. He revealed, "There was a phase in my life when I was going through hell. It was the spiritual solace I got from the Bhagwad Gita which gave me the courage to carry on. It's all about going out there and making the impossible possible"
Abhishek Kapoor, who did landmark films such as Rock On and Kai Po Che, gets philosophical while talking about Mahabharata, "Unless we attempt it, we will never know if we are capable of making it. Look at what the West has achieved. They routinely make films on such a lavish scale and with every new film break the current record. My idea is to make the Mahabharata on the same scale as Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings series."
Well, We wish Abhishek Kapoor all the very best !