Mumbai: One of the richest persons in the world and arguably the most popular Indian businessmen, Mukesh Ambani is reportedly set to bankroll Aamir Khan’s ‘Maharabharata’-style magnum opus.
According to a report in Mid-day, the franchise is likely to feature three to five installments. It’ll be helmed by multiple directors and Aamir himself could take on the mantle for one or more from it.
Though there has not been any confirmation, rumour mills are abuzz with Aamir planning a ‘Mahabharata’ franchise on the lines of ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Game of Thrones’.
The superstar had earlier revealed that making a film on ‘Mahabharata’ was his dream, something he couldn’t do as it’d take him 15-20 years.
However, months later, rumours got stronger as Aamir allegedly opted out of a biopic on astronaut Rakesh Sharma, to focus on his ambitious project.
Ambani owns stake in Viacom 18 and has recently invested in production houses like Eros and Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji. He is also planning a Netflix-like offering on his famous Jio platform, on which Siddharth Roy Kapur is working on, bringing ‘Narcos’ co-creator Christopher Branchato for a writers’ masterclass recently.
The report claimed that it was not yet clear if Ambani will get into full-fledged production with this massive project and in all probability it's only a "one-off" project.
Like Ambani brought about a revolution in the telecom sector with Jio, can we expect a revolution in Bollywood as well?