Vivek Agnihotri Expresses Desire To Make Mahabharata Before SS Rajamouli, Criticizes Glitzy Filmmaking

In a recent interview, renowned filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri shared his unfiltered thoughts about his aspiration to direct the epic saga Mahabharata. Agnihotri, known for his candid remarks on films, directors, and actors, expressed his unique perspective on treating the mythological narrative as a historical account rather than a myth. He firmly stated, “If I have to treat Mahabharat, which I will definitely, I’m destined to make it, I’ll treat it like history. I’m not going to read Mahabharat like mythology because, in my mind, it’s not mythology.”

Subtle Jab at SS Rajamouli

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri discusses his interest in directing Mahabharata and takes a dig at Karan Johar & SS Rajamouli's high-budget approaches.

When asked about SS Rajamouli’s own plans to bring Mahabharata to the silver screen, Agnihotri didn’t hold back from a subtle dig. He humorously remarked, “Arre Rajamouli ji jab tak banayenge tab tak toh main retire bhi ho chuka hounga,” suggesting that Rajamouli’s ambitious project might take quite some time to materialize.

A Different Approach to Filmmaking

Agnihotri further elaborated on his cinematic approach. While he admired SS Rajamouli’s work, he clarified that he doesn’t share the same vision for Mahabharata. Rather than producing a grand spectacle focusing on characters’ glorification, he aimed to convey the ethical complexities of dharma and adharma that the epic beautifully encapsulates. He commented, “My film is not to glorify Arjun or Bheem and all those things. I want to give out the message of dharma and adharma.” Agnihotri expressed a preference for depth over extravagance, citing a stark contrast to the approach favored by Bollywood heavyweight Karan Johar. He emphasized, “There are lots of people, you have Karan Johar to produce those kinds of films, why should I do that?”

A Philosophical Tale

Agnihotri’s desire to present Mahabharata’s philosophical essence aligns with his belief that the epic serves as a profound exploration of the human psyche, morality, and conflict. Rather than indulging in a costly spectacle, he aimed to create a thought-provoking cinematic experience that delves into the timeless themes of dharma and adharma, resonating with the contemporary audience.

Rajamouli’s Future Plans

It’s noteworthy that in a recent interview, SS Rajamouli’s father, Vijayendra Prasad, revealed the director’s intention to commence work on Mahabharata after completing his ongoing project with Mahesh Babu.

As the cinematic world eagerly anticipates these potential adaptations, Vivek Agnihotri’s distinct perspective promises an intriguing take on one of India’s most revered literary treasures. Stay tuned to Koimoi for more updates on this exciting journey.

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