Episode 6 of Upanishad Ganga brings us the influence and importance of vedas as the source of Dharma (in broad meaning) via the story of DaraShikoh, the son of Mughal emperor ShahJahan. The entire story is filmed into two segments and this episode explores its second segment.
|Starring||:||Abhimanyu Singh, Vishwa Badola, Rushad Rana, Jaya Bhattacharya, Zakir Hussain, Mukesh Tiwari, Vrajesh Hirjee, Sai Deodhar, Purva Parag, Ravi Khanvilkar, K K Raina, Sandeep Mohan, Umang Gurjar, Rasika Duggal, Auroshikha Dey, Gagan Malik, Huma Qureshi, Faisal Rashid, Usha Rana, Gyanesh Pandey, Dev Khubnani, Amit Behl, and others…|
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One of the best lines from this episode is: Truth always remain truth, no matter in which language it is written.
We see the political changes are being done in the background and Dara’s quest for the truth and knowledge blossoms. Dara asks Baba a lot of basic questions, which almost any intelligent person can encounter with. And Baba answers them well. It is not about the religions remember, it is about Dharma in broad meaning, which is actually a way of great life.
The simply superb dialogs are the essence of the episode for sure. And in terms of acting, we can K. K. Raina is the top performer. See his body language and his way of speaking as an old fellow and you will realize what a talented actor he is. Zakir Hussain has underplayed his character and he is equally convincing. Abhimanayu Singh is convincing.
The behavior of so call religious fellows, who think about the stuff very rigidly is explored well. People try prevent Baba from teaching the essence of knowledge from Vedas to a Muslim; and on the other end various fellows from Muslim community also oppose the actions of Dara to learn something which is not for them.
But the end of the episode tells a very good thing. There may be one day when the “TajMahal” the creation by the wishes of ShaJahan get lost in the time. But the knowledge of Vedas translated in Farsi (Persian) and later used as a based to be converted into some other language will remain important as it is.
Also see how calm and composed Dara was when he was being taken for exile. There are not more than a few moments left for him to live, but he is buried in peace. We see his son is crying but he is not. I also like to mention the scene where Dara bids adieu to Baba Laldas. They knew that they are probably meeting for the last time! The dialogs they used during their conversation are of top rate.
Overall a really nice episode which explores comparatively recent history, studded with fantastic performances and first rate dialogs. The lines by Saint Poet Kabir is also weaved in the tale very convincingly. The locations and sets are authentic and convincing. The cinematography and the direction are really nice. Our personal verdict: you should not miss it.
It is worth to note that this episode is available to watch for Free on YouTube:
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