What it takes to make the best epic of the World? Well, document interestingly everything you found in your surrounding, every emotion you encounter with, every type of people and their interaction at your best; and here you go!!!
Well, it is not as easy as it look.
Take an example of The Mahabharata – or – Mahabharata. It is said that you can find everything in it. It explores every emotion in right manner. It gives proper footage to everything, the good and the bad. It also explores the qualities of people who are (or on the side of) antagonist. Rather than considering people evil, it tries to explore the attributes and characteristics which makes him/her evil.
Moving ahead in our quest to review the magnum opus of Late Mr. B. R. Chopra and Late Ravi Chopra, Mahabharat – the Hindi TV Serial, let us review the incidents from the point we left at last time.
|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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In the last episode of Mahabharat, we had seen that ultimately it is decided that Pandu will be crowned as the king. However just before the confirmation, the name of Dhrutrashtra (Dhritarashtra) was also nominated as worth candidate. Vidur however questioned Dhritarashtra’s eligibility by referring his physical disability. The reactions on Dhritarashtra’s face are evident of his disappointment. This is the point from where he started feeling that he is the rightful owner of the throne but, he was unable to get it.
Girija Shankar’s (playing Dhritarashtra) expressions makes the scene really full of impact.
Another important scene is during the discussion when Satyavati ask Bheeshm (aka Bhishma or Bhishm) that according to whom, who should be chosen as the new king. He simply refuse to opinion. He clears that, he is not the one who can comment on that. He is simply bound to serve the king of Hastinapur. He have nothing to say in who is chosen to be the king. Technically he was right. But, being the wisest man in the court (along with Vidur), he should have expressed his choice. Anyway, it is Satyavati who finalised the decision to make Pandu, the successor of the Hastinapur throne. And based on the way his father acted with king Shantanu, she was the one who need to take responsibilities on her shoulder.
Sometimes, when we force someone to follow our will, we might be locking ourselves for the tricky situations to handle in future (which are generated as the outcome of our current action).
Now as Dhritarashtra, Pandu and Vidur are young and serving their valued positions in the court; Satyavati wanted to get them married and start the second important phase of human life – the Gruhasthashram (the married life).
There enters Shakuni – the prince of Gandhar. We are introduced to him pretty effectively. His introductory scene shows him playing chess with his father, who beat him in the game. Upon asked by his father, how he felt losing, his response tells everything. Of course, he have no grudge against his father and he enjoy the moments playing with him and even defeated by him. But, as a Kshatriya, he didn’t like to lose at all.
No matter what, a battle-land is a battle-land. And where the fate is victory or defeat, it is always a battle. And, no one plays or fights get defeated.– Shakuni
This scene proves that Gufi Paintal is indeed the right choice for the role of Shakuni.
Some nice works based on Mahabharat – the epic tale:
- Jaya : an Illustrated retelling of The Mahabharata : Book Reviews
- Mahabharata 1 : Bharat Ek Khoj Hindi TV Serial : Reviews
- Mahabharata 2 : Bharat Ek Khoj Hindi TV Serial : Reviews
- News about animated movie : Mahabharata
- A set of books written in Gujarati based on The Mahabharata
Ultimately Bheeshm reveals the reason behind his visit and proposes for Dhritarashtra and Gandhari’s marriage. The things didn’t went well with Shakuni. He was affirmed on his thought that Bheeshm did injustice by asking for his sister Gandhari to be married with Dhritarashtra who is blind. His sole question was, why didn’t Gandhari was thought as the wife of Pandu instead?!
Gandhari however comes there are accepts the proposal!!
This scene could have been written in better manner. As it seems quite unrealistic of Gandhari’s coming there during the meeting. And, her acceptance of the proposal all of a sudden, on the spot, looks quite melodramatic.
The reason she tells about accepting the proposal is quite philosophical. She tells that as Dhritarashtra couldn’t see her, his love or affection will not be changed over the age, when she get older! She even shows the ultimate dedication towards her husband by deciding to keep her eyes bound with a cloth for the lifetime!!! She declares that “I don’t want to see the beauty of the world, which, my husband couldn’t see!!!”
In the following scenes we see the inner side of Dhritarashtra and Gandhari both. It is very important to know about it. Gandhari was full of positive attitude and doesn’t hold and grudge against anyone. She asks her husband to enjoy the moments of life with open heart. Dhritarashtra however was jealous of Pandu by all means. He always believed that he was the right owner of the throne, and Pandu is enjoying what he should!
Till one’s attitude isn’t changed, no one can make him or her happy, despite of infinite efforts.
Unaware with the inner poison in the heart of Dhritrashtra, Pandu and Bheeshma was doing their duties and following the path of their Karma with utmost honesty.
The episode also explores the marriage of Pandu and Pritha (or Prutha) aka Kunti. She was daughter of Sursen and was adopted by KuntiBhoj, thus later known as Kunti (the daughter of KuntiBhoj).
In ancient India, there was a tradition of Swayamvar. It was a groom-selection ceremony. The royal swayamvars were famous, but, women were considered nothing less than man those days, and her decision was considered final when there was the time to choose life partner. And, it was not bound to any caste at all.
In Kunti’s swayamvar, Pandu was the representative of Kuru clan, as the king of Hastinapur.
This scene could have been filmed better. Especially, the actor playing KuntiBhoj, needs to deliver a really thoughtful speech. But, he delivers it quite ineffectively. The wordings of the speech are really good, we must say.
Eventually Pandu and Kunti gets married!
There was a secret in Kunti’s life, it was also explored, though the medium of the narrator – Samay – the time. What is it? Of course, it is very well-known and we wish you should explore it while watching the episode.
The scene where Pandu leaves for the Digvijaya, looks half backed again. It was not referred earlier to be in his plan, and all of a sudden, he just left for it! After getting just married!!!
The dialogs written by Dr. Raza are really of high quality. The background music is effective. You will be disappointed by the visual effects (for example, see the Sun God coming to Kunti’s room). Mukesh Khanna didn’t get many scenes in this episode, but even though he is the top performer in the episode, followed by Girija Shankar and Gufi Paintal. Renuka Israni and Virendra Razdan are getting better. Rest of the actors need to work on their acting skills for sure.
The sets are effective and looks splendid. The royal glory of the time is shown in convincing manner. The way each king’s court is designed, is remarkable. Also, each king’s name and introduction are written thoughtfully. If a few scenes could have been written with more attention, the episode have been more effective.
Of course, the episode is worth to go for.
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