'Royal Utsav' to recreate journey of Alexander

Mar 2, 2008 IANS


Mumbai, March 3 (IANS) History is the flavour of the season and after the much-hyped "Jodhaa Akbar", one more historical from Bollywood - on Alexander the Great - is ready to hit the marquee.

Directed by Ravi K. Patwa, the film is titled "Royal Utsav" and its makers claim that its grandeur is comparable to "Jodhaa Akbar".

"To make the film interesting I have taken a little bit of liberty and put in Alexander the Great's reincarnation in India," said Patwa.

Set in 400 B.C., it revolves around Alexander the Great, who after conquering many lands set his sights on India, but his army refused to move further.

Somehow he managed to breach the boundaries of Punjab, but from there he was forced to return. On his way home he died. In this film, Patwa shows that Alexander is reborn and returns to India to marry Rani Rupmati.

Made at a budget of Rs.100 million, the film will be released in Hindi, English, Tamil and Telugu.

"We have spent a lot of money on the film. Everything, from costume to music, is well researched. Its sets are too magnificent to put into words," said the director.

Vikram Kumar and Tripta Chopra will play the leads. The movie is ready for an April 18 release.

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