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1988, regia di B. R. Chopra, Ravi Chopra



Scheda: Nazione: India - Produzione: B. R. Films - Distribuzione: Video SoundSoggettoVedavyas - SceneggiaturaRahi Masoom Reza - Fotografia: Dharam Chopra - Montaggio: Shailendra Doke, Bhirpal Singh - Musiche: Raj Kamal - Formato: Color, linguaggio hindi - Durata: 45' (ognuno dei 94 episodi); 180' il film in VHS della versione italiana. 

Cast: Harish Bhimani, Mukesh Khanna, Nitish Bharadwaj, Puneet Issar, Girja Shankar, Parween Kumar, Gufi Paintal, Roopali Ganguly, Nazneen, Raj Babbar, Gajendra Chouhan, Pankaj Dheer, Kiran Juneja, Paintal, Dara Singh, Arun Bakshi.



Trama e commenti: «Tratto da un poema filosofico-religioso antico composto in sanscrito (il vangelo degli Hindu), il film inizia con la scena dei due eserciti dei Pandava e dei Kaurava schierati nel campo di Kurukshetra. Arjuna, il protagonista, non vuole combattere contro i propri cugini, entra in scena il dio Krishna per impartirgli gli insegnamenti della Vita che conducono alla liberazione dell'anima, come la devozione che è il miglior strumento per la liberazione dal ciclo delle rinascite».

Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review:«The Mahabharata was put together between 400 BC and AD 400, making it one of the oldest poems in existence. At some 100,000 Sanskrit verse couplets, it’s also one of the longest. Although the poem was attributed to one Sage Vyasa, it’s an epic that grew in the telling over some 800 years, incorporating many stories within its huge canvas. As these stories include many tales of the supernatural and of gods an imaginary creatures, The Mahabharata – as well as its religious status in the Hindu religion – is an important source text for fantastic literature worldwide. It has attracted the attention of adaptors before, notably Peter Brook, who staged a six-hour version (released in cinemas at three hours, restored to full length for home viewing). At its basis, The Mahabharata is a story of warfare between two families. King Pandu’s five sons, known as the Pandavas, are each fathered by a different god as Pandu himself is under a vow of celibacy due to a curse. Meanwhile, Pandu’s blind elder brother Dhritarashtra has fathered a hundred sons, who are led by Duryodhana (Puneet Esaar). The two families become rivals, leading to a war and much bloodshed. Another major character is Krishna Vasudeva (Nitish Bharadwaj), who is a cousin to both families and an incarnation of the god Vishnu. Krishna’s speech to Arjun, one of the Pandavas, just before battle forms the basis of the Bhagavad Gita (which translates as “The Song of the Blessed One”). This speech, given in its entirety in this serial, brings together many of the ethical and spiritual themes of the entire poem. The Bhagavad Gita, which may have been a later addition to The Mahabharata, is often made available separately and is a key text of the Hindu religion...».


Conosciuto anche con i titoli: Mahabharat (Gita): Il canto del glorioso Signore. La serie tv è andata in onda in India negli anni 1988-1990.



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