Watched Mahabharat on Star Plus HD with kiddoos.
Having seen B R Chopra‘s Mahabharat back in the 1990s, this one looks to be on a fast forward mode. Though the sets are marvelous, the choice of artists is not up to the mark. There is no expression, acting and it looks more like a puppet show. May be I felt like that because the presence of characters is for not a longer duration, due to the fast forward mode.
Back to the story, from whatever I have seen till now, it seems the entire Mahabharatha war happened because of the desires of Satyavati. She seems to be the most negative character I’ve ever seen in the whole epic, going by this new version. The B R Chopra version, did not show so much of negativeness in Satyavati, but blamed it all on her fisherman father. She deprived Bheeshma of his much-deserved kingdom, tortured Ambika and Ambalika against their wishes to fulfill her longing to have a heir for the kingdom through her illegitimate son, Vyasa. Honestly, her story appeared to me as a lesson to many, that if you do not control your desires, you’ll forever be unhappy. Do you think she would have ever found peace after the Bheeshma Pratigya (vow)?
From whatever I have read about Mahabharatha, and seen so far in this version, it seems, this version is much more closer to the actual epic.
It also shows Amba’s anger for Bheeshma, which actually should have been for Salva, the king of Saubha, who refused to accept her and compared her to a prize won by Bheeshma. Bheeshma seems to have sacrificed and bore the brunt of the desires and mistakes of most of the other characters in the epic. A cursed life indeed.
Another character that I feel never got justice is Karna. Look forward to watching the future episodes and gain some more insights into the great Indian epic.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This post is written for WriteTribe’s prompt Free Write hosted by Suzy. 15 minutes and 6-7 minutes for editing is what I took. Please excuse the mistakes which I am sure will be there.