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The Mahabharata 

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Mini-Series (1989–1990)
Jealousy and hatred is what separates the Pandavas and Kauravas. The Kauravas fear the Pandavas are after the throne of their father. Yudhishthira of the Pandavas gets told by the deity, Krishna, that he will become king. A war is inevitable.




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Series cast summary:
Erika Alexander ...  Hidimbi / ... 3 episodes, 1990
Maurice Bénichou ...  Kitchaka 3 episodes, 1990
Amba Bihler Amba Bihler ...  Virata's daughter 3 episodes, 1990
Lou Elias Bihler Lou Elias Bihler ...  Young Karna 3 episodes, 1990
Urs Bihler Urs Bihler ...  Dushassana 3 episodes, 1990
Ryszard Cieslak Ryszard Cieslak ...  Dhritharashtra 3 episodes, 1990
Georges Corraface ...  Duryodhana 3 episodes, 1990
Jean-Paul Denizon Jean-Paul Denizon ...  Nakula 3 episodes, 1990
Mamadou Dioumé Mamadou Dioumé ...  Bhima 3 episodes, 1990
Miriam Goldschmidt Miriam Goldschmidt ...  Kunti 3 episodes, 1990
Hapsari Hardjito Hapsari Hardjito ...  Abhimanyu's wife 3 episodes, 1990
Nolan Hemmings Nolan Hemmings ...  Abhimanyu 3 episodes, 1990
Kên Higelin Kên Higelin ...  Deathless boy 3 episodes, 1990
Ciarán Hinds ...  Ashwattaman 3 episodes, 1990
Gisèle Hogard Gisèle Hogard ...  1st princess 3 episodes, 1990
Corinne Jaber Corinne Jaber ...  Amba / ... 3 episodes, 1990
Lutfi Jakfar Lutfi Jakfar ...  Uttara 3 episodes, 1990
Akram Khan Akram Khan ...  Ekalavya 3 episodes, 1990
Jeffery Kissoon ...  Karna 3 episodes, 1990
Sotigui Kouyaté ...  Bhisma 3 episodes, 1990
Joseph Kurian Joseph Kurian ...  Drishtadyumna 3 episodes, 1990
Tuncel Kurtiz ...  Shakuni 3 episodes, 1990
Robert Langdon Lloyd Robert Langdon Lloyd ...  Vyasa 3 episodes, 1990
Clement Masdongar Clement Masdongar ...  Gazelle 3 episodes, 1990
Leela Mayor Leela Mayor ...  Satyavati 3 episodes, 1990
Vittorio Mezzogiorno ...  Arjuna 3 episodes, 1990
Bruce Myers Bruce Myers ...  Ganesha / ... 3 episodes, 1990
Yumi Nara Yumi Nara ...  Virata's wife 3 episodes, 1990
Tamsir Niane Tamsir Niane ...  Urvasi 3 episodes, 1990
Yoshi Oida ...  Drona 3 episodes, 1990
Hélène Patarot ...  Gandhari 3 episodes, 1990
Abbi Patrix Abbi Patrix ...  Salvi 3 episodes, 1990
Julie Romanus Julie Romanus ...  2nd princess 3 episodes, 1990
Bakary Sangaré Bakary Sangaré ...  Ghatotkatcha / ... 3 episodes, 1990
Mallika Sarabhai Mallika Sarabhai ...  Draupadi 3 episodes, 1990
Andrzej Seweryn ...  Yudhishthira 3 episodes, 1990
Mas Soegeng Mas Soegeng ...  Virata 3 episodes, 1990
Antonin Stahly Viswanadhan Antonin Stahly Viswanadhan ...  The Boy 3 episodes, 1990
Tapa Sudana Tapa Sudana ...  Pandu / ... 3 episodes, 1990
Mahmoud Tabrizi-Zadeh Mahmoud Tabrizi-Zadeh ...  Sahadeva 3 episodes, 1990
Myriam Tadesse Myriam Tadesse ...  Gandhari's servant 3 episodes, 1990
Velu Vishwananan Velu Vishwananan ...  The hermit 3 episodes, 1990


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 Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Krishna: The victory of the Pandava is assured. Tell your friends: 'Look - it's spring. The buds are sweet, the water sparkles, everyone is joyful... we're going to die.'
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superb mythographic projection
19 January 2002 | by geroldfSee all my reviews

Brooks has done an amazing job of distilling the monumental indian epic into less than a 6 hour film. In the process, a lot of good stuff had to left out, but what remains is pure gold.

The style is spare and theatrical, with fairly minimal sets. Rather than detracting from the sense of immediacy, however, the lack of background serves to throw the characters into bolder relief. And what characters! Arjuna, Yudhisthira, Draupadi, Bhima, Krishna - marvelous characters all. And the 'bad guys' are nearly as good - flawed, but complex and even somewhat sympathetic. The minor characters too are arresting - bhishma and drona especially.

This movie translates the power of myth to the screen better than any other by far. Maybe when LotR is complete that will change, but for now Mahabharata reigns supreme.

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15 February 1990 (USA) See more »

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Il mahabharata See more »


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