The Ramayan and Mahabharat epics seem to be the latest favorites of our filmmakers. A host of new films have been released, with storylines that seem to be influenced by the epics. Not only Bollywood, but artists from South India also seem intrigued by the epics in recent times.
The Ramayan fetish, in particular, has also been seen in Bollywood in the past. Sooraj Barjatya’s 1999 hit, Hum Saath-Saath Hain and Karan Johar’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), are automatic callbacks when one thinks of epic inspiration through a Bollywood theme.
These earlier films, however, drew mostly dramatic quotients from epics. The upcoming list promises to explore stories with greater production values, to say the least.
Here’s a look at what to expect:
Actor-producer Akshay Kumar has sculpted his space with patriotism and socially relevant commentary through mainstream films in recent times. With Abhishek Sharma’s Ram setu, he falls back on mythology.
Announcing the film on Twitter last year, Akshay said the effort was to “keep Ram’s ideals alive in the consciousness of all Bharatiyas by building a bridge (setu) that will connect generations to come.”
The actor reportedly requested permission from the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, to shoot the film in Ayodhya. Akshay will also be supporting the film, in addition to acting. Details on the remaining cast and crew have yet to be officially confirmed.
Ayan Mukerji’s ambitious action fantasy takes its name from the Mahabharat, where Brahmastra was a deadly supernatural weapon capable of destroying the entire universe.
The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Nagarjuna Akkineni and Mouni Roy in key roles, and is said to be the first part of a trilogy. The film is expected to be released in 3D, IMAX and standard formats.
It is not known what element the plot of the film derives from the epic since all details are kept under wraps.
The immortal ASHWATTHAMA
According to the story of the Mahabharat, Ashwathama is the son of Guru Dronacharya, who was the weapon instructor of the Pandavas and Kauravas. During the Battle of Kurukshetra, Ashvatthama sided with the Kauravas and fought against the Pandavas. According to the epic, he is immortal.
Immortal Ashwatthama is a superhero movie starring Vicky Kaushal. The film is marketed as a “high level visual spectacle”. It will be directed by Aditya Dhar who previously directed Vicky Kaushal in the 2019 film Uri: The Surgical Strike.
The film is an adaptation of Ramayan, where Telugu star Prabhas plays Lord Ram while Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan is seen trying out Ravan.
Adipurush courted controversy in December of last year after Saif Ali Khan mentioned in an interview that the film would show Ravan’s “human” side.
Following huge criticism, the actor apologized and said, “Lord Ram has always been a symbol of righteousness and heroism to me. Adipurush aims to celebrate the victory of good over evil and the whole team is working to present the epic without any distortion.
The film is currently on the floors and is being directed by Om Raut, known for directing blockbuster Ajay Devgn Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior.
SURYAPUTRA MAHAVIR KARNA
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– Vashu Bhagnani (@vashubhagnani) February 23, 2021
The film tells the story of Karna, son of Suryadev or the sun god and Princess Kunti, born before her marriage. Karna is one of the most important figures in the Mahabharat.
Written and directed by Malayalam filmmaker RS Vimal, the film is produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh and Jackky Bhagnani. It will be released in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.
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