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The success story of Baahubali 2 paved the way for every filmmaker to dream big and the next big dreamer is none other than Madhu Mantena, who along with Allu Aravind and Namit Malhotra, has decided to bring the Ramayana epic to the big screen in a never-seen-before avatar.

It’s no secret that Mantena has signed an MoU with the Uttar Pradesh government’s cinema arm, Film Bandhu, to make India’s most expensive film (Rs 500 crore), to date.

Speaking about the film at the event where it was announced, Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Principal Secretary (Information Department) and Chairman of Film Bandhu, said they would fully support the effort to make Ramayana in Uttar Pradesh.

Also speaking at the event, Mantena said he was inspired by the life and work of Anand Pai of Amar Chitra Katha to make the film. Pai popularised mythological stories through his Amar Chitra Katha stories. He said this project is an effort to retell Indian mythology to all generations in all its audio-visual glory, with the help of the latest technology and visual effects.

Now we’ve learnt that Mantena is planning to make the film in three parts and the process of writing is underway. He will also cast actors from various languages, all of them big names. The film will be helmed by a big director whose name will be disclosed shortly.

PS: Let’s not forget that every time we use the Rs 100-crore benchmark for a film’s theatrical collections, the honour for setting this benchmark goes to producer Madhu Mantena with Ghajini. And call it coincidence but if Mantena is making Ramayana in three parts, the leading man of Ghajini, Aamir Khan, is toying with making Mahabharata in three parts.

Since Mantena and Khan were responsible for introducing the magical Rs 100-crore mark, we wouldn’t be surprised if they become the first two to do business worth Rs 1,000 crore with their respective mammoth ventures. Amen!


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