Karna, a two-part mythological epic based on Mahabharat, is set to be made by filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. As audiences liked Brahmastra, a mythological movie, now directors are planning to work on this genre most as also seen in Mahabharat case.
Producer Ronnie Screwala backed out and Shahid Kapoor who was earlier decided is no longer associated with the film. This hasn’t broken the dream of Mehra to make it as Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Toofan actor Farhan Akhtar gets roped to produce it. The film will be made under Excel Entertainment and it has 200 crore as its budget.
“Rakeysh Omprakash Mera is making Karna as a two-part film. While he had earlier planned this project as a two-and-a-half-hour epic feature, the subject and characters are so vast and complicated that he believes one film can not justify Karna’s story. Baahubali, KGF, and Pushpa’s success has further boosted the maker’s confidence to experiment with a multi-part format, and they are now developing the script accordingly. Mehra is writing this film along with veteran author Anand Neelakantan, who is known for writing mythological fiction based on Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Bahubali,” PeepingMoon quoted a source as saying.
The source added, “The makers are contemplating a big star to headline this project, and while they have pitched the film to 2-3 Bollywood stars, no one has come on board as yet. It’s an expensive and risky project, and might seem financially unfeasible at this moment given that Hindi films have not been performing well at the box office lately, the makers are hopeful that the situation will be better by the time they are ready to go into production.”