Gunasekhar is currently working on a mythological tale titled Shakuntalam, which is said to be set in the Himalayas. The film is said to be a fairytale love story between Shakuntala and Dushyant from the Adiparva of Mahabharata. Recently, the director revealed some interesting details about the film.
The Okkadu director took to Twitter to reveal about the epic tale of how Mahabharata is said to be the first Indian drama to be translated into western languages. He wrote, “Shakuntala and Dushyant’s tale of love by Kalidasa was the first Indian drama ever to be translated into a western language. It was translated by Sir William Jones in 1789. And by the next hundred years, 1889, the play was translated into 46 languages including Norwegian, French, Austrian, Italian, etc (sic.)”
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Talking about it in a recent interview about this movie, the director said, “In the Aadiparva of Mahabharata, the story of Shaakuntalam and Dushyantha is very interesting. The film will be an on-screen adaptation of Kalidas’ Abnignana Shaakuntalam. I think it is one of the greatest love stories ever told and the story will be set in the Himalayas. The idea for the film came to be during the lockdown (sic.)” The film is produced by the director’s daughter Neelima Gunasekar and Mani Sharma will compose the music.
Meanwhile, Gunasekhar’s last release film Rudhramadevi clocked 5 years last week. The film starred Anushka Shetty, Allu Arjun and Rana Daggubati recently. Fans have huge expectations on Shaakuntalam as the director’s previous film Rudhramadevi did wonders at the box office