Star Plus and Bobby Bedi''s Mahaabharat was once the talk of the tele-land, but suddenly everything has gone silent after the television strike took over last year. We wonder what the channel and the Producer are up to.
A source from the production house informs, "The show is scrapped from the channel as lots of money was needed. Alongside there was no slot for the same, hence the decision was taken".
We had already reported that the show might see dawn in April, 2009, but all looks bleak now. "The latest news is that the show has been scrapped. However, Bobby has still not left hopes and was heard telling one of his colleagues that he would never part with the hope of getting the show launched someday", adds our source.
Another insider enlightened us further, "The channel was not happy with the star cast of the show. They demanded for lots of changes. With that, they preferred to shoot in Mumbai at Film City, but the producers did not agree. Bobby wanted to give it a real look, and so he wanted it to be shot in the forests around Delhi. Things went wrong and it resulted in the closure of the project".
The star cast for the grand epic was already finalized. Nirmal Pandey as Bheeshm, Gagan Malik as Krishna, Lillete Dubey''s sister, Lushin Dubey was to portray the role of Kunti. Manoje Biddvai was also roped in to play Karan.
The shoot was taking place in the jungles of Morna, near Delhi.
It seems Bobby believes in the phrase that, ''Where there is a will, there is a way''. Let''s see what future lies in store for his Mahaabharat…
Reporter and Author: Rachana Trivedi