Thursday, August 11, 2005

Maniratnam to direct a hollywood film




Wow - I just read from Vikatan.com that Maniratnam is about to direct a hollywood film. He has prepared three stories and has narrated them to a famous hollywood production company and he would choose one story for his next venture. More information will be know soon. Music will definitely be composed by the great A.R.Rahman.

Also check this out:

After 'The Rising', which hits the theatres on August 12th, Bobby Bedi will nosedive into making 'The Mahabharata'. Mani Ratnam will direct the venture, which will cost at least 100 crores. In what would be Bollywood's biggest cinematic venture (grapevine says that the budget could touch even 300 crores) and the mother of all blockbusters, the buzz is that Bedi and Ratnam are thinking of Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan and Rani Mukherjee in pivotal roles. Further grapevine suggests that Aishwarya Rai will play Draupadi. Speaking to this writer, Bobby Bedi said, "Yes, I am planning 'The Mahabharata'. I am not too sure whether it will be my next film after 'The Rising' because I plan to shoot only from January 2007 onwards," adding, "I have not yet cast anybody, But yes, I will make the film with big established actors." Bedi says that the thought of making this film arose while reading Girish Karnad's book Agnivarsha that is set in the pre-Mahabharata days. "I read Karnad's book about five years back and that is what set my mind ticking in this direction." Bedi explained why Ratnam will don the director's hat. "I've known Mani for 25 years. I have seen all his films. He is a great filmmaker who dwells upon every detail in his films, which will be of paramount importance in recreating the epic."

Any guesses on the cast and technical crew apart from ARR?

23 Comments:

At August 11, 2005 2:20 PM, Anonymous subbu said...

Cinematography: Santosh Sivan(i think he sounds like a way too obvious choice...P.C.sreeram is too much of a purist to handle this!!!)
Editing: Sreekar Prasad
Music: dont be silly
Audiography:A.S.Lakshminarayanan
Choreography: Inapplicable
Art Direction: Btter take sum Hollywood guy

 
At August 11, 2005 2:31 PM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

subbu - Yes santosh sivan is the best choice as cinematographer :)..how abt Sridhar for audiography?

 
At August 11, 2005 2:48 PM, Anonymous Vijays said...

Arjuna, where did you get this news from? Ithu unmaiya poiya? The mahabharat news seems too far-fetched to me!

 
At August 11, 2005 2:49 PM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

vijays - I got the Mahabarata news from bollyvista.com :)

 
At August 11, 2005 2:50 PM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

http://www.bollyvista.com/article/a/34/5286

 
At August 11, 2005 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonder how Shiv Sena would react to the Khans donning important roles???

 
At August 11, 2005 5:02 PM, Blogger krishna said...

glad to know abt the role of manirathnam in the making of the great epic ..:)

 
At August 11, 2005 5:10 PM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

anonymous - :) - yes - these Shiva Shena guys are fanatics!! Have you "Padikirathu Ramayanam , Idikirathu Permal Koyil" - that applies to them! They dont apply the principles of hinduism into practice - but do all sort of other stupid things!

 
At August 11, 2005 5:10 PM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Krishna - yes maniratnam is the right choice - he is the best in India..

 
At August 11, 2005 5:33 PM, Blogger B said...

Lets hope these two projects soon comes out of the drawing board to the theatres nearby.

 
At August 11, 2005 5:35 PM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

bala - I am hoping too :)

 
At August 11, 2005 7:30 PM, Blogger ioiio said...

Madhavan?
Arvind samy to dub :)

 
At August 11, 2005 8:58 PM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

ioiio - Madhavan could very well act - but why does he need a dubbing voice? :)

 
At August 11, 2005 9:48 PM, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

wow..That is interesting!...Is this true? Will be definitely good if the cast you've mentioned here goes into the film.

My guess - Santhosh Sivan.

 
At August 11, 2005 9:52 PM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

narayanan sir - I hope its true :)..Yeah Santosh Sivan is the best cinematographer in India and it would be great to see him join with Maniratnam :)

 
At August 11, 2005 11:22 PM, Blogger Aatma said...

100 crores - u got to be kidding me - Don't u guys feel it is way too expensive. And who is going to handle the graphics department.

I personally believe that making Mahabharatha as a movie is not a good idea, u can never make justice to the subject. There is a wealth of information, that cannot be fit into a 3-4 hours period.

 
At August 12, 2005 2:37 AM, Blogger Vidya said...

wow... if all that i just read were to be true then seriously WOW... it wud make an awesome movie, without a doubt. Cheers

 
At August 12, 2005 5:42 AM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

aatma - I too agree that condensing the entire Mahabarata into a 3 hour movie is impossible!! I am eager to see how this could be done :)..

But 100 crores is OK - since if Rajni's Chandramukhi can make 60 crores of profit - then this film can easily breakeven.. :)

 
At August 12, 2005 5:43 AM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

vidya - thanks for dropping in :)

 
At August 12, 2005 12:42 PM, Blogger TJ said...

Very interesting!
Waiting for this project to hit the screens!!

 
At August 14, 2005 5:23 PM, Blogger Naresh said...

மணிரத்னம் வாழ்க....

 
At August 14, 2005 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be a great movie.The news itself creates so much excitement , I guess movie too after release :-)

 
At August 16, 2005 6:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cast should have Vikram and Surya. And also Asin :)

 

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