It was in Jan 2017, Mohanlal confirmed the revival of his 2014 project – Randamoozham on a TV show. The film is based on MT Vasudevan Nair’s novel by the same name. It narrates the Mahabharatha from Bheem’s perspective. The film will be made on an exorbitant budget of Rs 600 crore. Sreekumar has been finalised as the director. As per reports on India glitz, it was he who confirmed Amitabh Bachchan‘s role in Ranamoozham. “Yes, he is the Bhishma of Randamoozham. We aren’t taking any cinematic liberties with the character for the movie, he will be playing the role as it is in the book,” stated the director while speaking with Times of India. He will reportedly be playing Bhishma. With Mohanlal and Amitabh Bachchan already part of of this big-budget film, the movie promises to be a grand project. The rest of the cast and crew are yet to be finalised. This film will mark Amitabh Bachchan and Mohanlal’s third collaboration. They had come together for Kandahar which was apart of the Major Ravi series. Unfortunately, the movie didn’t fare too well at the box office. Their second collaboration – Aag directed by Ram Gopal badly tanked. Third time’s a charm then?
Back in 2014, when this project was discussed, the team had planned on roping in Aishwarya for Draupadi’s role, Vikram as Arjuna and Nagarjuna for another character. AR Rahman was to be roped in for the music and Sabu Cyril, Baahubali’s art director. Pulimurugan’s stunt choreographer – Peter Hein has confirmed to be part of this project. As per reports on Indian Express, He has stated that action scenes will be on par with Baahubali.
In other news, Mohanlal is awaiting the release of 1971 – Beyond Borders which is the fourth part of the Major Ravi series. He plays a dual role – Major Mahadevan and his father Sahadevan. The movie is set in two time periods around the time of the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The film also stars Asha Sharath, Allu Sirish and Arunodhay Singh. He is currently shooting for Villain directed by Unnikrishnan, where he plays a retired cop. He will stars opposite Manju Warrier who plays his wife.