Mohanlal’s upcoming Malayalam film (previously titled Mahabharatam), the Rs 1000-crore project, has officially been titled Randamoozham, named after the novel by MT Vasudevan Nair. The producer of the film, industrialist BR Shetty, made the announcement at a press meet, according to Mathrubhumi.
The film’s shooting will take place in Abu Dhabi sometime in May next year. The casting of the film will begin in the next 100 days.
At the press meet, the producer had also highlighted that a huge Mahabharata-like city would be created for the film’s shooting. “We will even create a forest. I didn’t come here with money; so every dirham and fils was earned here in Abu Dhabi over the last 43 years,” said Shetty while stating why the film will be shot in the Gulf.
Last month, some right-wing groups in Kerala were not pleased with the film’s then-projected title, Mahabharatham. Speaking on this, Shetty assured the press that the name-change had nothing to do with such threats or remarks.
Directed by VA Sreekumar Menon, the film stars Mohanlal playing the role of Bheema. The 600-page book has been re-written into a screenplay with close to 190 scenes. To accommodate this, the movie is expected to release in two parts by 2020.