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Big News! Filmmakers Nitesh Tiwari and Ravi Udyawar are all set to bring the Hindu mythology ‘Ramayana’ as a live-action 3D feature film.

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Filmmakers Nitesh Tiwari who has directed ‘Dangal’ and Ravi Udyawar director of ‘Mom’ are all set to direct ‘Ramayana’ with an estimated budget of Rs 500 crore, a live-action trilogy in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, shot in 3D will be released in three parts. The trilogy film will be produced by Madhu Mantena, Allu Aravind and Namit Malhotra.

‘Ramayana’ will be made with actors from Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati and Punjabi films as the makers are targeting pan-India as well as the global audience.

While admitting, it being a huge responsibility because the ‘Ramayana’ is not just a revered ancient text in Indian mythology but also an integral part of our culture and more relevant today, Nitesh Tiwari informs that they are ensuring that whatever is said and shown has the stamp of authenticity. Explaining his reasons for doing the films, he says his primary focus is the story and if it pushes the envelope while challenging him as a filmmaker further, and finds collaborators who share his vision and passion, he is happy to join the team. All three criteria have been fulfilled in this instance. “Madhu and Ravi have been friends for years, Allu sir and Namit are legends and Sridhar has fabulous credentials as a creator. All we have to do now is zap the world,” Nitesh asserts.

The project has been a work in progress for the last three years. Progress include scenes from Ayodhya with its emblematic rosetinted tree of learning, a gold-splashed Lanka and a lush-green Mithila with Nepalese architecture, beside battles between the devas and the rakshasas and the aquatic underwater life, among others. They will serve as references for the setting, costume, cast and action.

The team has yet to take a call on the filming and the release plan, but they are hoping to kick off next year and are targeting a 2021 release for Part 1, promising that there won’t be too long a gap between other two instalments.

Director duo is hoping for the same acceptance when their Ramayana arrives in cinemas in 3D. “Money and time are not a problem. Our producers have told us to be fearless and fly. So, we are flying visually,” says Nitesh with Ravi adding, “There are many sci-fi films but only one Star Wars. We have access to the best technology and talent so what better time to let the world see what our country has to offer.”

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