Randamoozham, a movie that was making a lot of noise, had reached a dilemma when writer MT Vasudevan Nair took to court, asking the director VA Shrikumar Menon to return his script. The case was heard on Thursday at the Calicut Munsif court and further hearing is scheduled for December 7. It appears that Shrikumar Menon has pleaded for a mediator to resolve the case according to the Times of India. Meanwhile MT Vasudevan Nair remains firm in his demand of wanting the script back.
Shrikumar Menon had entered into a contract to make a film based on the MT’s popular book Randamoozham a few years ago. The contract was to complete the film in three years. However, the film did not take off within that time period following which MT Vasudevan Nair took the matter to court demanding his script back from the filmmakers.
However, Shrikumar had then written on a Facebook post that Randamoozham will happen.
“It is my fault that I was not able to inform MT sir regarding the developments of the project. I will go meet him personally and make him understand,” the director had written on his Facebook post.
But with the renowned writer of Randamoozham standing firm in his stand, it now remains to be seen what the fate of the movie would be.
It may be noted here that the film was announced last year. According to reports around that time, Mohanlal was roped in to play Bhim of the Pandavas and the project was touted to be one of the costliest films ever to be made in the history of Indian cinema. The story would be told from Bhim’s point of view.
Dubai-based businessman BR Shetty had earmarked Rs. 1000 crores for this project. According to reports, plans were on to shoot the film primarily in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu and dub it in various other languages so that it reaches a larger group of audiences.
A press release from the makers released earlier stated: “This film will have an identity across continents, with their representatives donning the myriad characters in The Mahabharata! A global team led by an internationally renowned casting director will handpick the cast.”
Meanwhile, Shrikumar Menon’s debut feature film with Mohanlal in the lead – Odiyan – will soon be releasing in theatres.
(With inputs from Digital Native)