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Ekta kapoor's version a mockery of Mahabharata
Ekta Kapoor's portrayal of the epic Mahabharata - 'Kahaani humaaray Mahabharat ki' - has failed to impress. The glamour quotient and the use of excessive technology, sexy wardrobes, western armours etc, has not gone down too well with the viewers.

AFTER THE recent success of the new ’Ramayana’ on NDTV Imagine, this week Ekta Kapoor’s ’Mahabharata’ went on air on 9X. There was so much publicity and emphasis on the recreation of the older version that I decided to watch its first episode. To my surprise, it started with ’Draupadi cheerharan’, which looked like a scene from some B-grade film, and then the acting by the leading television personalities was so pathetic that I didn’t watch the next episode. The first episode was just the mockery of the older version of the epic on TV.


I can vividly remember twenty years back when the historic ’Mahabharata’ was aired, everything used to come to a standstill. The first ’Mahabharat’ was by BR Chopra’s production and it changed the history of Indian television. The Sunday mornings saw the busiest of the roads desolate. The power cut would simply make the viewers curse the electricity department. Every lip had the words, "yada yada hi dharmasya...." The characters of Bhishm, Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuns, Sri Krishna, etc are still addressed by their Mahabharata names. It entered the Guinness Book of World Records as having been watched by over 96 per cent of Indians around the world.

Ekta’s ’Kahaani humaaray Mahabharat ki’ is zilch in comparison to BR Chopra’s version. The older version had new characters and yet they acted so brilliantly. The great thing about it was that every character seemed to be born to play their role. Mukesh Khanna was brilliant as Bheeshma, when you think of Lord Krishna the picture of Nitish Bhardwaj in those costumes still comes to mind. The new version has renowned actors from television but they are just repeating their act of ’Saas-Bahu’ soaps in this. The way the ’sexy’ Draupadi said to Dushasan - ’chup reh mein apne pati se baat kar rahi hoon’ (keep quiet, I am talking to my husband) makes one to wonder what kind of language the epic characters were using in those times.

The creative head of the show Suraj Rao said in an interview that ’"Mahabharat’ has its own inherent dialogues, which are being offered in a new package. It is an altogether new ’Mahabharat’ that has never been shown on television. I totally agree with him that this type of Mahabharata has indeed never been shown. They have added a glamour quotient, used excessive technology, sexy wardrobes, western armours etc. But they missed on a few basics while making the mythological serial. They don’t have that royal presentation, the premium language and accent of epic characters, the base of power and mightiness in elders’ voice, the charm and personality of Krishna-Arjun-Duryodhan generation. This version of Mahabharata has no realism and everything seems fake. The leading men in the serial have concentrated only on their looks and body. They have failed to show their acting prowess.

The dialogue delivery is even more rueful. Anita Hasandani as Draupadi screeched at the top of her lungs and cried like they do in a saas-bahu series. There is no calmness in the dialogues. Shakuni is bald and looked like someone from ’kaal mahakaal’ series. Aryan Vaid as Duryodhan fails to recreate the character portrayed by Puneet Issar in the older version. His voice and demeanour left no mark.

Overall, this serial has failed to impress. The commercialisation and addition of ’new flavours’ should not dilute the mythological outlook of an epic. Ekta Kapoor has messed up big time with the show. If she continues this way, she might not be able to recover even her investment.


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Udayan Mukherjee
The only good part of Ekta’s Mahabharat is child srikrishna’s part.But the young Sri Krishna is just like a Modern College boy.He can’t act properly. Did Ekta watch Nitish Bharadwaj in Chopra’s Mahabharat? He is unparallel. Abhi Bhatacharya also was not bad in feature film Mahabharat released in 1965. Friends(Who are supporting blindly Ekta’s Mahabharat) did you watch the two Mahabharat mentioned above? Please tell me. If you did not then please watch. Please also watch the Mahabharat now showing in NDTV imagine, and then you will understand the differences. Please note— Character Ekta’s Mahabharat Chopra’s serial Feature film Bhim Horrible figure Acted by Prvin Acted byDara And face.Rediculous. kumar.Good figre Singh.Ideal &handsome.Good figure for acting. Bhim.The best. Arjun Who is he?What Very good figre Acted by A hair style. Like Himesh Face &Moustache Pradip Kumar Reshmiya are ideal. Good. Krishna Like English Medium College Nitish. The best Abhi Bhatta. Boy. Good. Draupai Like English * Rupa ganguly Padmini.Good Lady, Good concious About figure. Ready To go fashion show. Horrible. • Actually the face of a young woman in Indian mythology should be heart shape(Padmini in Mahabharat, Rupa Ganguly in chopra’s serial, Dipika Chilkia as Sita in Ramayan serial, Anita Guha as Sita in Sampurna Ramayan). This is the general impression of public regarding Mythological characters. Not like the face of English type(for example Bipasha Basu, Susmita Sen, or the woman acting as Draupadi in Ekta’s Mahabharat. • Six abs can’t be accepted.The figure of Bheem and other strong man of a mythology should be like a PAHELWAN with full of muscles (Like Dara Singh, Pravin Kumar, Saudagar singh) I mean Like Indian wrestler not like Arnold sch
udayan Mukherjee
As a professional music composer of Bengal I would like to say that the background music and the background song of Ekta Kapur’s Mahabharat is not all up to the mark. There is no mythological touch in it. Actually no body knows what type of songs was at the time of Mahbharat. But in all previous mythological bollywood movie the famous music composer like Vasant Desai, C.Ramchandra, Chitragupta, Laxmikant-Payrelal, Kalyanji-Anandji , Rajkamal selected few Ragas like CHANDRAKAUNS, MALKAUNSE, DARBARI-KANARA, KALAVATI, BHAIRABI and by applying frequently in their composition( Of course the songs are modern, commercial songs) in mythological movies like SAMPURNA RAMAYANA,(1960PROBABLY) PAVANPUTRA HANUMAN, (1958 probably), MAHBHARAT(1965), HARISH CHANDRA TAARAMATI(1964 probably), HARIDARSHAN(1973), HAR HAR MAHADEV(1970 probably), B.R CHOPRA’S MAHABHARAT they establish a “ mythological touch” in a mythological movie. It can not be physically defined. It is a precedent. It should be realized by heart. Particularly the songs composed in raga CHANDRAKAUNSE AND MALKAUNSE are considered to be the most effective in mythological hindi commercial movie. The music of Ekta Kapur Mahabharat failed to fulfill these criteria. It is just shouting and full of noise. I have not seen the name of the music composer in the title. But who may be he should take lesson from our previous great music composers whose name are mentioned above by listening to their music. I also composed many tune in many devotional and mythological music video and tele-films. I always try to give mythological touch in my composition. At least it should be different from a song of a modern movie.
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