For most of us, ‘Mahabharata’ means watching the great epic on Doordarshan. But now, the epic is coming back with a contemporary look on Disney+ Hotstar. Produced by Madhu Mantena, Ram Gopal Verma’s nephew and Anurag Kashyap’s former associate, Mythoversestudios and Allu Entertainment, ‘Mahabharata’ was among the three Indian titles that were revealed at the global Disney fan event D23 Expo in Los Angeles.
The other announcements made included the return of Karan Johar’s celebrity chat show ‘Koffee With Karan‘ for Season 8. The season 7 of the chat show is still streaming on Disney+Hotstar.
The greatest epic ever written- retold at a scale never seen before! Stay tuned for an ethereal spectacle- #Mahabharat, is coming soon.#HotstarSpecials #Mahabharat #MahabharatOnHotstar @alluents & @MythoStudios pic.twitter.com/9ysLsYeDCx
— Disney+ Hotstar (@DisneyPlusHS) September 10, 2022
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— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) September 10, 2022
‘Variety’ quotes Mantena as saying: “For centuries Indian epics have captured the imagination of billions around the world. These epics are deeply woven into the very fabric of our nation. The ‘Mahabharata’ — one of the oldest epics in India, despite being as old as time, is still relevant today for the many lessons and words of wisdom hidden within its ancient verses.”
Disney+ Hotstar India’s Head of Content Gaurav Banerjee said: “Over the last several years, India has emerged as a content powerhouse, pushing the envelope with stories that transcend language and cultural boundaries.”