Disney India plans to produce a big screen version of Indian mythological epic The Mahabharata, to be directed by Abhishek Kapoor from a script by renowned author Ashok Banker. 

The epic story will be told across a two-part feature, marking the first time this has been attempted in Indian cinema. The first film will start pre-production following the completion of Kapoor’s Fitoor, which starts shooting for Disney India in July.

“Indian mythology has a great wealth of stories which have inspired legions of creative minds and The Mahabharata unarguably is the most ambitious and all-encompassing of them all. We believe this epic which has engaged generations of Indians will translate into a magnificent silver screen saga,” said Siddharth Roy Kapur, managing director, Disney India.