Ace producers Allu Aravind, Madhu Mantena and Namith Malhotra are all set to come together for the Rs 500-crore budget movie, The Ramayan, which would be one of the most expensive films to be ever made in the history of Tollywood. It will be produced on a massive scale by Geetha Arts in association with Prime Focus. Nitesh Tiwari, who earlier directed Dangal and Ravi Udyawar, who directed Mom, will jointly helm this mammoth project.
This film will be a pan-Indian project catering to the Tamil, Hindi and Telugu audience and will be made in three parts. While the cast and crew are yet to be finalised, the film will be shot completely in 3D. The first part is likely to go on floors from December 2019 and is scheduled to release in 2021.
Nitesh Tiwari was quoted by NDTV saying, "I went with my father and brother to the Ramleela every year and though we all knew the story, it still evoked the same emotions in us when Sita was kidnapped or Raavan's effigy was burnt.”
Maverick director SS Rajamouli's ‘RRR’, a multi starrer that has Ram Charan Teja and Jr NTR as heroes, is also said to be based on the epic, Ramayana. But there is no official confirmation on the same.
It may be noted here that Mohanlal’s Randamoozham, a film based on the epic Mahabharata, went on floors earlier this year, directed by VA Shreekumar Menon. BR Shetty, a UAE-based businessman had planned to produce this venture on a staggering budget of Rs 1,000 crore. However, due to unresolved issues between writer MT Vasudevan Nair and director Shreekumar Menon, the film had to be put in the cold storage.
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