Randamoozham, the Mohanlal project, is one of the most anticipated upcoming projects of Malayalam cinema. Mohanlal is playing the central character Bheeman in the movie, which is based on the Randamoozham novel penned by the Jnanpith Award-winning writer MT Vasudevan Nair. The project was supposed to be directed by the Odiyan fame film-maker, VA Shrikumar Menon.
However, Randamoozham, which is touted to be made with a whopping budget of 1000 Crores, has been making headlines nowadays with the legal battle between director VA Shrikumar Menon and writer MT Vasudevan Nair. The writer decided to back out from the project, citing that the director failed to begin the project within the contract period. But director Shrikumar Menon is still determined to go ahead with the Mohanlal starrer.
Read on to know more about Mohanlal’s Randamoozham and the controversies courted by the project…
Randamoozham was officially announced in 2017. BR Shetty, the renowned industrialist was supposed to bankroll the 1000 Crores-project. It was reported that Peter Hein has been roped in as the action choreographer, while Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Manju Warrier have been considered for the role of Draupadi. Several renowned actors including Mammootty and Telugu star Nagarjuna were supposed to join the project.
The rumours regarding the conflicts between the Randamoozham team members started doing rounds during the filming of VA Shrikumar Menon’s debut venture Odiyan. The rumour mills suggested that action choreographer Peter Hein is planning to back out from Randamoozham, citing creative differences with VA Shrikumar Menon. It was also reported that the lead actor Mohanlal and producer BR Shetty are not impressed with Menon’s directorial skills, and are rethinking about the project.
MT Vasudevan Nair & BR Shetty Back Out
Amidst the rumours, writer MT Vasudevan Nair shocked the industry by announcing his exit from the project. According to the veteran writer, the director had failed to complete the project, even after extending the contract period. MT has sent a legal notice to the makers demanding his script to be returned. Even though Shrikumar Menon tried to resolve the issue, MT is determined to not associate with the director anymore. Following MT’s exit, producer BR Shetty also decided to quit the project.
The New Team
Recently, VA Shrikumar Menon surprised the industry by joining hands with a new team. Reportedly, industrialist Dr. SK Narayanan has joined the project as the new producer. The news was officially revealed by social activist Jomon Puthanpurakkal. A picture of SK Narayanan and Shrikumar Menon, which was clicked during the meeting has also been released on social media. Reportedly, the new team has decided to increase the budget of the Mohanlal project to 1200 Crores.
MT Vasudevan Nair’s Take On The Development
However, MT Vasudevan Nair immediately released an official statement, suggesting that Shrikumar Menon’s project is not based on Randamoozham. The writer has made it clear that Shrikumar Menon and the new team has no rights proceed with Randamoozham, and they can instead work on the classic Mahabharata story. Mohanlal, the lead actor of the project is yet to reveal his takes on MT and BR Shetty’s exits and association with the new team.