I’ve got to confess.
Since October last year, I’m following closely Mahabharat, an ongoing television Indian television series (Thanks to our cable network!). I even went to the extent of subscribing to the parent channel as the episodes in the regional channel were broadcasting episodes delayed for weeks, due to dubbing requirements!
Based on the ancient Sanskrit script of the same name, Mahabharat (or known as Mahabharatham in Tamil & Malayalam) is an larger than life television production about two warring factions of cousins – 100 demons in human form (Kauravas) against five sons of gods (Pandavas)– over the ancient dynasty of Kuru which lead to the great Kurukshetra war.
Check out the series’ title track video below featuring the central characters (I’ve been humming to this track, ever since the series began!).
Though the original epic spans over six generations and is religious in nature, the series’ storyline has been modified to suit audiences of all religions and backgrounds. This Sanskrit epic is even used in leadership, strategy & management modules in Indian business schools.
Produced by Swastik Productions, this series has been garnering top viewership ratings in India and raves for its production value especially for its use of visual effects. Besides its grandeur sets, detailed costumes and good-looking actors/actresses, the visual effects are beyond words for a television series. Using mainly green screen technology, the producers have made great attempts to show realistic & majestic palaces, war scenes, act of Gods, landscapes and other stunts.
Though we have watched mainly epic or fantasy movies from Hollywood, this is certainly a major attempt for an epic from India. As of writing, the great was is imminent and I look forward to check out the visual effects for certain events during the war!
Do check out the short “making of” video below, (it’s in Hindi though, but check out the visuals!)
If you are interested in the tale of Mahabharata, you can check related books in our libraries here or you can watch the 1989 almost six-hour film of the same name directed by Peter Brooks: Part 1 & Part 2.
Or you can drop me an email and we could chat about the visual effects in the series over a cup of coffee. J
Feature image source: STAR Vijay Television