If the reports are to be believed, Telugu-Hindi actor Rana Daggubati, who is currently busy with Department in Hindi and Naa Ishtam in Telugu, has been approached to star in a Malayalam film based on the life and times of legendary Travancore king Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, who ruled Travancore from 1729 to 1758.
The proposed film will be directed by K. Sreekumar and produced by UAE-based Media Maps Cinevision in Malayalam, Hindi and English. Poet-lyricist K. Jayamkumar has penned the script.
According to legend, it was during Marthanda Varma's regime that the last major renovation of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple commenced. The temple is now identified as the richest temple in the world with a treasure of more than Rs. 1 lakh crores.
According to records, Varma "surrendered" the kingdom of Travancore to Sree Padmanabhaswamy, the deity at the temple, in 1750 and pledged that he and his descendants would be vassals or agents of the deity who would serve the kingdom as Padmanabha Dasa.

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