It is well known that Riteish Deshmukh intends to make a movie based on the life of India’s most beloved warrior, Chhatrapati Shivaji with Salman Khan having a cameo in it. Not only that, due to the response that Baahubali garnered, Deshmukh has decided to make a bigger and better film with a budget of 225 crores!
This news surfaced on May 11, when Ram Gopal Varma chose to spill the beans on Bollywood’s most ambitious project till date.
Here are his tweets:
After the Baahubali thunder, I just heard great news that Riteish Deshmukh is making Shivaji at a whopping cost of more than 225 crores
Shivaji’s story has more heroism and drama than Baahubali nd he was real unlike Bahubali which will make it a more thrilling experience
Shivaji is known throughout India as the bravest son of India who fought against invasion ..Am sure the battle scenes will be magnificent.
Shivaji being the subject as an audience I want to thank Riteish for venturing to make the greatest Indian film ever
Am sure Riteish is doing Shivaji at this large scale only for it to become ultimate pride of Maharashtra like Baahubali for Andhra Pradesh
Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin)
These tweets were enough to get us really excited about the idea of seeing Riteish sporting an armor and bring to life the battles we had only read about in history books fought by one of the greatest warriors that ever existed.
The director will be Ravi Jadhav, who has worked with Riteish in movies like Banjo and the Marathi movie Balak Palak, where Riteish was a producer
As if that wasn’t enough, Riteish has planned to do something very exciting with this two-part saga. Yes, you read that right! The story of Shivaji will be told in two parts and in two languages, Hindi and Marathi.
But that’s not all. Our Khabri Keeda has all the details on what is really happening behind closed doors. Turns out, given the budget of the film, Salman Khan, who was supposed to have a cameo in the film, is being considered to be given a full-fledged part in this two-film franchise.
He also plans to take the film to the floors right after Bank Chor releases, since K.V Vijayendra Prasad, the writer of the Baahubali franchise (and Bajrangi Bhaijaan) has also shown interest in penning down the script on the warrior himself, who he considers his hero.
Given the kind of approach that Vijayendra Prasad has towards his stories, seems like Riteish and team are in a hurry.
Wouldn’t that be cool to see Riteish as Shivaji in a film which will also have Salman? Or are you rooting for Vijayendra Prasad’s version?