Ramayana enters Hollywood

Indian mythological story ‘Ramayana’ to turn into a 3D English movie

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March 16, 2016

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The movie  would likely be made in 3D and Imax formats.

The movie would likely be made in 3D and Imax formats.

Though the famous Indian story ‘Ramayana’ have been told through many books, cartoons and television shows, three directors have come together to make an English movie on it, so that the story reaches out to the world.

The thousands of years old story of Ramayana has been told through many television shows, series, movies, cartoons and animation films multiple times in India. But taking it further, three young filmmakers will adapt the tale of Ramayana in English for the global audience. Directors Vineet Sinha and Sean Graham with creative director Ronnie Allman from the US will recreate ‘Ramayana’ because they feel that the Indian mythological stories like these must reach out across the globe.

The Ramayana is an Indian mythological story and plays an important role in Hindu literature. It depicts the duties of relationships, portraying ideal characters like the ideal father, the ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal wife and the ideal king. The Ramayana consists of 24,000 verses and tells the story of ‘Rama’, the seventh avatar of the Hindu supreme god ‘Vishnu’. The Ramayana explores human values and the concept of dharma (Dharma is the religious and moral law governing individual conduct and is one of the four ends of life that applies to everyone consisting of truthfulness, non-injury, and generosity, among other virtues)

The estimated worth of making the movie is around USD 50 million and the film would likely be made in 3D and Imax formats.

With the help of scientific know-how, the directors plan to create a film, which is at par with Hollywood movies like ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Planet of the Apes.’
Hollywood and countries like Japan and China, make a pitch for their tales like the world famous Batman, Superman, Star Wars and Pokemon. But Indian stories are not well known.

The greatest challenge for the directors would be to suffice the global audience’s expectations from the movie. “We have been hearing and reading the story of Ramayana since we were kids and then we also told our children and grand children about it. So the movie has to bring something really good and different to make it stand apart from what we have read and seen till now,” said Hari Dutt Sharma, who is 82 years old and lives in Delhi.

Ramayana has been narrated to audience several times but the director duo insists the portrayal of ’Hanuman’ and ‘Ravana’ will be exciting for people to watch.

The directors are looking for Indian actors to cast in the movie and shoot it in English. The movie will be dubbed in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, French and several other Indian and global languages.

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