Ramayana and Mahabharat to Dominate Television and Bollywood in 2008



There are nearly a dozen projects under consideration in Bollywood and for television serials based on the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharat. Already NDTV Imagine is airing Ramayana produced by Sagar Arts.

The Hindi movies based on Ramayana that are being planned include

Ajay Devgan and Kajol starrer to be directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi.
Famous director Aparna Sen is planning a movie from Sita's point of view.
Another Hollywood – Bollywood co production is based on Ashok Banker's Ramayana
Bobby Bedi is planning a Ramayana.
There are also reports about Uru Patel's Hanuman with Keanu Reaves and Shilpa Shetty.
Firoz Nadiawala is planning an animated version of Ramayana.

Some of the movies that are being planned based on Mahabharat include

Ravi Chopra's Six hour two part movie with reports that Amitabh Bachchan will adorn the role of Bhishma.
Another interesting project is Rituparno Ghosh's Mahabharat from the point of view of Draupadi.
It is also being reported that Ekta Kapoor is planning to Mahabharat.
An animated version of Mahabharat is being planned by Firoz Nadiawala.

Then there are numerous reports about television serials being planned on Ramayana and Mahabharata.

There is also a serial based on the Upanishads which is being shot in various parts of India.

We will have to wait and see how many of this projects will reach the silver screen. Some of the projects have been in the news for quite sometime and nothing has hit the floor yet.