If I ever made 'Kurukshetra' into a movie

Recently, one of my Facebook friends was wondering how it'd be to make an Indian epic movie of the 18-day Kurukshetra War of the 'Mahabharata', after watching the Academy Award winning movie 'Troy'.

Well, it's any movie maker's dream but it's nearly an impossible dream considering the fact that the Kurukshetra War cannot be separated from the epic itself and presented independently, and the 18-day event involves numerous plots and sub plots and a fleet of never ending characters that is almost impossible to be justified within the premise of a 2-hour, or say even a 3.5-hour long movie.

The best you can do is make a 3-hour long trilogy series like the 'Lord of the Rings', or perhaps a series of four or five movies like the 'Star Wars', but still there are challenges more than the money involved - time and availability of the artists.

For one thing, this cannot be made using artists from any one of the Indian film industry. Artists from across the Indian film industries including Bollywood, Tollywood, Kollywood, Malluwood, and every other 'wood' will have to participate because the best of the bests will have to be taken on board. And the project will have to be executed in a fairly fast paced manner too, without compromising on the quality of it.

Nevertheless, if I were at the helm of this dream project, my choice of cast would be as follows:

The Pandvas

Yudhishtira - Sachin Pilgaonkar
Bhima - Prabhas
Arjuna - Prithviraj (O)
Nakula - N/D
Sahadeva - N/D

The Kauravas (only the prominent ones)

Duryodhana - Rana Daggubati
Dushasana - Boby Simha (O)

Other main characters

Panchali - Radhika Apte
Krishna - Aamir Khan
Bheeshma - Amitabh Bachchan
Karna - Mohanlal
Abhimanyu - Ram Charan Teja
Pandu - N/D
Kunti - Rekha
Gandhari - Ramya Krishnan
Dhritarashtra - N/D
Shakuni - Paresh Rawal/Nedumudi Vevu
Dronacharya - Nassar
Ashwatthama - Allu Arjun (O)

P.S.: N/D - Not Decided, O - Optional

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