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.
The war has started and so far things have not been going well for the Pandavas. Bhisma is invincible and as long as he is alive there will be no victory. Torn by his feeling for both sides, Bhisma ...
The poet Vyasa tells a boy the story of his race, a story that leads to the birth of king Dhritharashtra and former king Pandu. Their children are raised together, but it is clear they don't really ...
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 (email@example.com)
We follow the Indian great families of gods and demi-gods, and the conflicts that arise between them. Yudhisthira is a righteous man, but can succumb to great foolishness when it comes to gambling. Arjuna the great warrior hero, is prepared for war but yet is besieged by doubts. Is war unavoidable, and is it possible to fight a war without losing? Krishna takes on an ambiguous trickster role, as he proceeds in guiding the Pandava family, but towards what?
This is very much a theatrical version of the story, do not expect any special effects or such, you wont get any here. The stripped down production gives it a timeless feel, and it has its logic, after all how do you do visual justice to gods and great mysteries? The acting is strong, some of the characters are fantastic to just listen to, and more or less the whole cast manages to tread the thin line between the grandiosity and humanity, that the characters possess.
I am a little annoyed that the full version is not available on DVD. Isn't DVD about putting things out in their full length and then some? It feels like an unnecessary loss that we don't get the see the play in its full.
I love these great epics, but the Mahabharata in particular can be a pain in the butt to try and read, in its enormous length, so to get condensed version of it as a play, this well executed and acted out, is well, a god-send.
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