After Chhapaak, Deepika Padukone was supposed to partner with Madhu Mantena to produce a spectacle chapter from the Indian epic, Mahabharata. It was also reported that Deepika will be playing the titular role of Draupadi in the film.
The buzz around the project suggested that the film is based on the novel, Palace of Illusions, which narrated the epic from Draupadi’s point of view.
However, now according to some media reports, we learned that the project has been put on hold.
“They announced the film because everyone was excited about bringing something as fascinating and iconic as Mahabharata on the big screen, however, over the last 2 years, they have not been able to lock on a director. The team explored several big names, but couldn’t align to the vision of any. One of the many directors in the race to direct Draupadi was Vishal Bharadwaj, but things fell through. After all these years, buzz is, the film is finally put on hold for the time being and will be revived at a later time frame,” a trade source was quoted as saying.
Deepika is working on an exciting lineup which includes Shakun Batra’s next and The Intern, Pathan with Shah Rukh Khan, Fighter and Prabhas’ next film with Nag Ashwin.
The source added, “They are still keen to make it and will certainly revive it at the right time, on getting the right director. It’s an ambitious film, and requires a certain kind of command over the craft as bringing an epic to the screen is a big responsibility.”