Life is very strange and things may not be the same what they are looking. In the second episode of Hindi TV Serial Mahabharata we had seen that Ganga and Shantanu got married. The early segment of their married life of very happy and the life went ahead like fantasy. However things were not the same over the period of time. When Ganga got pregnant for the first time, the people from entire palace became very happy. The happiness went viral and the entire kingdom was in a wave of joy. She delivered a baby boy at the scheduled time. The things cannot be better than this! That’s why they started getting worst! Ganga took her newborn to the river bank and just put him into the water! She came back like nothing happened!
Shantanu was very much ready (or we may say, not able) to ask her the reason for this wrongdoing! He was however bound with the promise he gave to Ganga that he will never question her about any of her action, nor he will try to find out the cause of any such action!
It teaches us a lesson: One have to use his own wisdom when promising someone.
|Producer||:||B. R. Chopra|
|Writer/Dialogs||:||Dr. Rahi Masum Raza|
|Starring||:||Harish Bhimani (Samay (voice)), Rajesh Vivek (Maharishi Veda Vyasa), Nitish Bharadwaj (Lord Krishna), Shampa Gopikrishan (child Krishna), Kewal Shah (adolescent Krishna), Gajendra Chouhan (Yudhishthira), Sonu (young Yudhishthira), Arjun (Real name: Firoz Khan) (Arjuna), Ankur Javeri (young Arjuna), Roopa Ganguly (Draupadi), Praveen Kumar (Bhima), Sameer Chitre (Nakula), Sanjeev Chitre (Sahadeva), Razak Khan (Ghatotkacha), Paintal (Shikhandi), Arun Bakshi (Dhrishtadyumna), Mayur (Abhimanyu), Mukesh Khanna (Bhishma), Pankaj Dheer (Karna), Harendra Paintal (young Karna), Puneet Issar (Duryodhana), Vinod Kapoor (Dushasana), Kaushal Shah (young Dushasana), Gufi Paintal (Shakuni), Surendra Pal (Dronacharya), Dharmesh Tiwari (Kripacharya), Pradeep Rawat (Ashwatthama), Babbu (young Ashwatthama), Ashok Banthia (Kritavarma), Kapil Kumar (Shalya), Deep Dhillon (Jayadratha), Raj Babbar (Bharata), Ashalata (Shakuntala), Kiran Juneja (Ganga), Rishabh Shukla (Shantanu), Debashree Roy (Satyavati), Sudesh Berry (Vichitraveerya,), Vishnu Sharma (Vasudeva), Sheela Sharma (Devaki), Kshama Raj (Rohini), Ramlal Gupta (Ugrasena), Goga Kapoor (Kans), Rasik Dave (Nanda), Manju Vyas (Yashoda), Sagar Salunke (Balarama), Ajay Sinha (Akroora), Devidas (Kans’s Minister), Girija Shankar (Dhritrashtra), Renuka Israni (Gandhari), Virendra Razdan (Vidura), Tarakesh (Pandu), Nazneen (Kunti), Roma Manik (Madri), Kamlesh Maan (Sulabha), Channa Ruparel (Rukmini), Vikas Prasad (Ekalavya), Vinod Raut (Purochana), Om Katare (Adhiratha Sushen), Saroj Sharma (Radha), Varsha Usgaonkar (Uttaraa), Sameer Rajda (Uttar), Chandni Sharma (Sudeshna), Lalit Tiwari (Sanjay), Dara Singh (Hanuman), Sumeet Raghavan (Young Sudama), Chetan Hansraj (Young Balarama), Parijat (Radha), Ram Mohan (Head Priest), Rafique Mukkadam (Minister), Shivendra Mahal (Parashurama and Lord Shiva), Randhir Singh (Hidimb), Rana Jung Bahadur (Jarasandha), Karunakar Pathak (Shishupala), Sharat Saxena (Kichaka), Gopi Krishna (Chitrasena), Ayub Khan (Parikshit Abhimanyu’s son), and others…|
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It is however not the only action of Ganga which was questionable. She did the same to her next six babies! And there came the time when she delivered her eighth baby boy. The fate for this baby will be same?! Seems so, Ganga went to the river bank again, and Shantanu followed her as he used to. Ganga was about to drop the baby into the water, when Shantanu protested. He confronted Ganga and ultimately ask her the questions which he has hidden in his heart since many years. Ganga remained calm and composed and reminded the king that he broke his own promise, and hence, she cannot live with him any longer. She however agree to answer the questions Shantanu raised.
And the answer of Ganga makes you feel that: Yeah, right! The things are not always what they look like!
One more lesson: Before considering any action right or wrong, one need to know everything about the same.
We are not going to discuss the truth Ganga have revealed, we leave it for you to watch and explore on your own. Those are the moments you don’t have to miss.
Shantanu lived his life after this incident like a lifeless body. The only thing which kept his love for life is administration and safety of his kingdom, and the thoughts of his baby boy which Ganga took with her.
One day Shantanu came to see that someone was using his archery skills to play with the massive flow of the water of the river Ganga! The warrior and protector inside him awake and he went to the banks of Ganga to challenge the one who is playing with the lifeline of his kingdom.
To his surprise, he met Ganga there!!!
Ganga, after the detailed conversation with him, return him his baby boy. The baby is now grown fully. Ganga sent him to various scholar sages so he can learn various skills from the best teachers. He is now possessor of great knowledge in every field of life and a warrior which is capable to defeat huge armies single handedly!
The boy is named as DevVrat (or DevaVrat).
One important thing Ganga tells is, she know the tradition of BharatVansh (the clan for king Bharat) that a person have to be eligible to be successor of the Hastinapur throne. We see that even today, we are following the tradition of considering one’s abilities based on his parents or other close relatives. One cannot have doctoring skills by simply being born to a doctor’s home. Same is applicable to people in every field. But we mostly see that the business empires, and even political inheritance is also followed almost the same way. The successor is mostly the descendent of the current owner/possessor (of the place). Which is ultimately wrong.
Lesson to learn: To claim anything, one needs to be eligible for the same. Only the rightful (and hence eligible by all means) person should be allotted the responsibility.
See the conversation between Shantanu and DevVrat and you will find it quite realistic. Also the body language of Shantanu when he was talking to the horse trader is quite authentic. If you compare the body language of Rishbh Shukla (playing Shantanu) in various scenes (eg. when he think about Ganga by standing in his palace, looking at the river from the window; when he talk with Ganga after meeting her after long; talking to DevVrat, talking to the horse trader,…) and you will realise how good he is as an actor. Kiran Juneja is quite authentic as well. Mulraj Rajda doesn’t give you a chance to forget him. The incident of finding Kripa and Kripi, is explored nicely too.
The set of the palace is made with much effort, bet at times, it looks fake. For example see the scene when Shantanu, Devavrat and the horse trader in the compound of the palace, the walls of the palace look artificial. Visit some of the castle from ancient times and you will see the type and quality of the construction during those times to realize it.
The background music is fantastic. The songs coming in between are very effective too. Not that they are only sung well, they are written really well. The narration by Samay (the time) – is simply superb. The voice over by Harish Bhimani is very effective here.
The DVD quality is comparatively good.
Our personal verdict: Not to miss it, especially the lesson it teaches us.
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