After the earth-shattering success of sports biographical drama ‘Dangal’ (2016), Aamir Khan had expressed his desire to make a film on Hindu scripture Mahabharata. However, the project could not materialize primarily due to the heavy cost involved in its production. Afterwards, Khan also moved on to shoot ‘Thugs Of Hindustan’ for Yash Raj Films. But if fresh reports are anything to go by, the ambitious project might be revived once again as a Chinese firm has shown interest in investing money and co-producing the movie. The company has perhaps decided to take the risk of keeping Aamir Khan’s irreplaceable popularity in the neighbouring country after the thunderous success of ‘Dangal’ and ‘Secret Superstar’ (2017) there.
A leading publication reports, “Mahabharata is an epic with stories about families that will be entertaining to Chinese audiences as well. A few Indian production houses and film companies have already signed treaties with their Chinese counterparts, and a series of collaborations can be expected in the days to come. And who better than Aamir to spearhead a big-budget Bollywood flick co-produced by a Chinese company? If people in both countries watch it, it will be a multi-billion dollar grosser.”
Meanwhile, Aamir is presently busy wrapping up ‘Thugs Of Hindostan’, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Fatima Sana Shaikh. Helmed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, the heist drama is slated to enter cinemas on 7th November, on the auspicious occasion of Diwali. After ‘Thugs Of Hindostan’, there is no project that Khan has announced officially. However, reports are there that he might remake a Hollywood film. On the production front, he is producing Gulshan Kumar’s biopic ‘Mogul’ with T-Series head honcho Bhushan Kumar.
It will be interesting to see whether or not Aamir Khan would decide to join forces with a Chinese firm to bring the project on Mahabharata to fruition.