SS Rajamouli confirms discussing Mahabharata film with Aamir Khan, denies any update on it
It was earlier reported that SS Rajamouli was planning to cast three huge superstars from three Indian film industries for his dream project - a cinematic version of the epic the Mahabharata.
Now, Bollywood Life reports that the filmmaker also considered Amitabh Bachchan for one of the key roles. While he also admitted that he discussed the project with Khan in the past, the film is certainly not on the cards immediately after his next, yet another war epic, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.
The report quotes him as saying, "I want to do Mahabharata and I have said that many times but definitely not immediately after Baahubali. Mahabharata is such an epic that I need to up my craftsmanship to handle such a subject. I met Aamir ji once quite sometime back, We spoke about Mahabharata. I know that he’s very much interested in doing the film. But as I said, at present I am not thinking anything beyond Baahubali. Mahabharata is definitely not after this."
It also states that the film will have a budget of a whooping Rs 400 crore and will be released simultaneously in three languages - Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. It also suggests that the filmmaker was initially planning to start shooting by the end of 2018.
However, The Indian Express reports that Rajamouli had earlier claimed that he needs at least 10 years to translate something as grand as the Mahabharata onto the silver screen.
The same report quotes him as saying, "Making Mahabharata is my ambition. But, it will take at least 10 years for me to gain the experience and technology that will allow me to bring my vision of that story on the big screen.”
For now, Rajamouli is gearing up for the release of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion on 28 April. On the other hand, Khan will soon begin shooting for Vijay Krishna Acharya's period drama Thugs of Hindostan and is also occupied with the post production of his next production Secret Superstar.