It’s been long in the pipeline. But now things are finally moving ahead for the Hindi remake of Magadheera with producer Madhu Mantena finally setting aside the budget that the film needs. Madhu Mantena, incidentally, has big plans up his sleeve for his production house. And that’s not the end of it. Guess what is the budget for the Magadheera remake in Hindi? A whopping INR 350 crore! While the cast is yet to be decided sources say Madhu is looking at a mix of Bollywood and Hollywood superstars.
Says a source in the know, “The original film Magadheera directed by Rajamouli had Ramcharan Teja and Sonu Sood along with Kajal Aggarwal. The remake will have much bigger actors from both Hollywood and Bollywood.”
The original was directed by Rajamouli. But he has shown no interest in doing a remake. Madhu plans to hire one of South India’s top most directors. We hear the chose one is Krish Jagarlamudi who recently directed the controversial Manikarnika starring Kangana Ranaut.
The action-romance Magadheera, based on the theme of reincarnation, the film was produced by Allu Aravind of Geetha Arts. The plot revolved around four people: a valiant warrior in charge of the princess' safety; the princess who loves him. The commander-in-chief who lusts after her; and an emperor who wants to conquer their kingdom. They all die before their wishes are fulfilled and are reborn after 400 years, at which point the warrior kills the scheming cousin with the support of the reformed emperor and wins over the princess.
Made on a budget of INR 350 million, Magadheera was released on 31 July 2009 and collected a distributor's share of INR 731 million. The film grossed INR 1.5 billion worldwide and remained the highest-grossing Telugu film of all time for five years.