Filmmaker Madhu Mantena to create cinematic universe based on Indian history and mythology, calls it ‘mytho-verse’

With a whole host of filmmakers and actors finding their way into mythology-backed scripts including ‘Ram Setu and ‘Adipurush’ among others, filmmaker Madhu Mantena is planning to create a mythological universe in India cinema.

Taking to his Instagram handle, Mantena shared a tinted red abstract photo that has a god and demon in it. The photo has ‘Stories of Indian mythology’ and ‘Mythoverse’ written on it.

While sharing the photo he wrote, “Working on India’s first cinematic universe based on Indian history and Mythology .. Our first film begins in Treta Yuga. 1.8 billion years have passed in this Kalpa so far …”

The filmmaker had recently talked about his plans of making two epics, ‘Ramayana’ and ‘Mahabharata’. Today (July 15), the filmmaker announced on his social media about the ‘Mytho-Verse’ he is looking to bring on-screens. He shared, “The universe is all about retelling the stories in their glory and telling newer stories with these characters in Kali Yuga”.

He further explained, “The beauty of mythology is that the stories are relevant even in today’s society. So, I am creating a world called Mytho-Verse. The story starts in Treta Yuga and then moves to Dwapara Yuga and finally, Kali Yuga. We are trying to create a universe transcending not just the past, but also going into the future. The universe is all about retelling the stories in their glory and telling newer stories with these characters in Kali Yuga.” 

Taking cognizance of the fact that many other filmmakers are also looking films with similar subjects, Madhu has promised a unique, world-class experience for all the viewers with regards to ‘Ramayana’, ‘Mahabharata’ and the Mytho-verse. He shared, “We are making it for the global audience. We want to tell these stories to audiences all across because the basic emotions are the same for everyone.”

The filmmaker is currently working on ‘Ramayana’ which will be directed by Nitesh Tiwari and Ravi Udyavar. The screenplay is being written by Sridhar Raghavan and the live-action trilogy will be co-produced by Telugu stalwart Allu Aravind and Prime Focus founder Namit Malhotra. On the other hand, ‘Mahabharata’ will be told from Draupadi’s point of view, a project on which Mantena is collaborating with superstar Deepika Padukone.

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