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'Mahabharat' on small screen again

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Panaji, Nov 22 (UNI) Filmmaker Bobby Bedi, who is known for his movies like 'Bandit Queen' and 'Mangal Pandey', is all set to exploit the grand Indian epic of all times --'Mahabharat'-- from a '360 degree angle'.

''There are so many dimensions to the great Indian story which have so far remained untapped for the Entertainment industry and I am now setting out to do that,'' said Bedi, who is Chairman of the CII National Entertainment Committee and Managing Director of Kaleidoscope Entertainment Pvt Ltd.

He was delivering the keynote address ''360 degree view of Filmed Entertainment'' at the two-day 'India-The Big Picture' conference on the eve of the 37 th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which begins here tomorrow.

Elaborating on the '360 degree' entertainment, Mr Bedi said one can enjoy the epic from so many points of view and this has to be understood by the producers and filmmakers. ''I will be launching a talent hunt to chose the characters of Mahabharat next year followed by a television series which will be directed by Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi and launch a gaming programme - ''fight the war, live the legend'' targeting the 15-30 years age group,'' he said.

Apart from this, a 'triology of films' based on Mahabharat will be made, he said.

Later talking to reporters, Mr Bedi said pre-production work on the series has already begun and about 150 scripts on different stories of the epic are ready. ''Shooting of the television series is only part of the ambitious project. Some locales in North India will be chosen as a backdrop to simulate the vedic experience as reflected in Mahabharat in the gaming programmes,''he said.

Mr Bedi said the epic has several role models and each character has a special place in the collective Indian consciousness, ''hence, the epic's potential as a source of universal entertainment''.

Mr Bedi called upon the Government and the private sector to explore further possibilities and markets for entertainment industry beyond the country.

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