Jealousy and hatred is what separates the Pandava and Kaurava. The Kaurava fear the Pandava are after the throne of their father. Yudhishthira of the Pandava gets told by the deity Krishna that he will become king. A war is inevitable.
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In ancient India the five Pandava brothers, Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva, are cousins of the sons of king Dhritharashtra, known as the Kaurava. The five are the sons of the wives of king Pandu, who seceded in favor of his blind brother after he was cursed. The men are raised together, but from the beginning there are difficulties. They are prone to fight and when Arjuna becomes a great archer, the Kaurava are both jealous and afraid. Is it the kingdom the Pandava are after? Yudhishthira, the eldest of the Pandava, strives after it as he is told by the deity Krishna that he will become king. The hatred and jealousy of the Kaurava grows even stronger when the Pandava turn a barren wasteland Dhritharashtra gave them into a great court. This can't go on forever. Inevitably a war will follow, a war that will shake the foundations of the Earth. Written by
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I've liked this series since I first saw it back in 1990. The use of an international cast is startling, and gives a mythic atmosphere to the story. Like Star Wars, the Mahabharata happens long ago and far away. There is a great deal of action--especially in the last half-- and the acting is as kinetic as it is stylized. The faults of the characters, both heroes and villains (and these designations can be foggy) are what drive the story, and excessive virtue can be as evil as excessive vice. How does one tell one of the largest stories in history in less than ten hours? With subtext and acting. Instead of trying to transcend the rituals of the stage, this story revels in them. A single actor telling us what he sees, and a single scarf or a simple backdrop, shows us things that would look cheap even with the most advanced CGI. This one is definitely worth a look.
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