As we look forward to the second week of Ekta’s Mahaabhaarat, here is Sibasish Tinsel Town analyzing the week gone by….

Finally Ekta Kapoor unleashed her version of the Mahabharat on 9X last week and before we get to see the second’s week’s happenings, here we go analyzing the start of Kahaani Humaarey Mahaabhaarat Ki.

Unlike most of her serials, which get away showing rubbish, viewers won’t take too kindly to any liberties taken with the much-loved epic. First things first, while she was bang on, in the first episode starting it off with the crucial Draupadi vastraharan – after all Ekta’s penchant for drama is well known — and she sure knows that it’s that one episode in Mahabharat which is bound to attract eyeballs and give ample scope for theatrics – the actors fudged it up with their loud, screechy performances.

Anita Hasanandani as the sultry Draupadi (in flaming red Manish Malhotra sari) looked sexy alright; all spit and fire, but somehow lacked the gravitas a Rupa Ganguly had brought to the queen of the Pandavas two decades ago in B R Chopra’s Mahabharat. Anita screamed and screamed, doing no justice to her heavy-duty lines.

Worse, none of the Pandavas were given a chance to open their mouths because sadly except for the guy playing Yudhisthir, the others seemed to be ‘extras’ filling in for the real actors. Cheat shooting, anyone? So all we saw was a well toned, glistening back of Bheema and Arjuna’s bow, Bheeshma’s clenched fists, and Drithrashtra’s blinking eyes. Come on, the least she could have done was get the main cast in place and have them ready and kicking for the first episode.

Aryan Vaid as Duryodhana underplayed his wicked part (thankfully) while the actor paying Dusshasan went hammer and tongs as his kohled-eyes did a Kathakali dance. Yet, it was a fairly gripping episode with the foundation laid for some heavy duty drama.

Alas, the second, third and fourth episodes were a journey downhill. Sakshi Tanwar as Ganga, despite her flowing Ganges look, couldn’t rise above Parvati Agarwal, a character she’s known for, for seven years now. Ditto, Kiran Karmarkar as the insipid Shantanu. He looked tired against the breathtaking locales of Ladakh (that begs the question, why Ladakh?). Makarand Deshpande as Ved Vyasa hammed to the hilt and the actor playing Lord Ganesha looked despicable riding a hairy mouse! (gross).

While the Thursday episode ended with a tight close up of Ronit Roy (haggard) as Bheeshma, it remains to be seen where this kahaani hamare Mahabharat Ki takes the viewers. And it’s sure going to be one hellish ride.

So what’s wrong with Ekta’s version? Getting popular established actors to play key parts is a great idea but sadly, that works against their performances. For instance, it’s very difficult to see a Sakshi beyond Parvati or Ronit beyond Bajaj.

Putting up a K-saga in a blue and pink cardboard room set is one thing and mounting Mahabharat is another, especially when viewers still hold the original Mahabharat close to their hearts. A face off between a Tulsi Virani and Ansh Gujral is a sure TRP winner but when you have Shantanu and Devrata (a young Bheeshma) fighting with cardboard swords – a situation which doesn’t exist in the Mahabharat – just for the sake of drama, it’s just not right.

And so, all said and done, it’s a humble request to Ms Kapoor to be careful with her depiction of the maha epic, lest it ruffles the feathers of die-hard Mahabharat fans.

But if we look it from different point of view I think the new Mahabharata is a little modified with time and what is demand on market. Time has changed and the new generation will accept this Mahabharata as it has everything in it. The required amount of drama and the great costumes will surely catch the eyeballs of the Gen-X.

If we can compare the new Mahabharata with the previous one then surely Ekta Kapoor also can then why did she take the risk?? Its because she wanted to and put the story in a different way. So overall its not bad but there is scope of lots of improvement..

13 responses »

  1. Udayan Mukherjee says:

    It is a horrible serial.It is a Americanised serial which is not at all good for new generation.They will have wrong impression on Mahabharat.Draupadi’s looks is just like a westernised lady staying abroad.The young Vishma is just like a rock singer or a disco dancer.Why actors are wearing black Greek dresses.

  2. anjaly says:

    the serial is horrible
    why ekta opted for mahabharata?
    there is no room for saas bahu stunts and the same dialouge “me thumhe barbaat karoonga……….!”.

  3. MSP says:

    Over-dramatised, badly costumed, poorly performed… With the amount of money Ekta has the least she can do is invest in good RnD for literery masterpieces like Mahabharat. If she paid a fraction of what she pays her hamming actors to historians, art historians, and literary experts, she could have had a potentially phenomenal serial. But naaaa… she’d rather pay 1 lakh for a day’s shooting to some starlet than pay 1 lakh a month to research scholars…

  4. MSP says:

    A note on the poster of Ganga- doesn’t she look like a statue of Mother Mary? Especially the gestures of her hands resemble Michaelangelo’s Pieta

  5. rajish shama says:

    i think the new mahabarat is breathtaking its far better then the old mahabarat, i think ekta has done a excellent job the old mahabarat was full of crap? ektas version makes me proud to say im a indian. i never liked ne of ektas other serials but this mahabarat has made me fall in love with her.

  6. iam a muslim and i saw the old mahabarat and it seemed like a big joke any person with a bit of common sense would of thaught the same? this new mahabarat makes a lot of sense and has made me a huge fan of hindu mythologys. thanks

  7. एकता कपूर को क्या कहू.. सच कबाडा कर दिया हमारे महाभारत का… युदिष्ठिर और दुर्योधन सिक्स पैक एब्स के साथ आये है, पितामह चाइना से तलवार चालान सीख कर आये है,, वेदव्यास ऐसे च्हिल्ला रहे थे जैसे कोई भिकारी भीख माग रहा हो… हमने तो यही सुना और देखा था की राजा महाराजा हमेशा मुकुट धारण किया करते है..लेकिन यह केवल एकता कपूर ही है जिनके राजा महाराजा रीबोक के बैंड जैसा मुकुट पहन के आते है,, Dhitrastra जॉन इब्राहीम के भाई से लगते है.. एकता कपूर के Dhitrastra को देख कर कोई नहीं कह सकता की वो अंधे है… सीरियल में हमेशा अँधेरा chahaya रहता है.. और हमेशा धी..धी..डिश म्यूजिक बजता रहता है.. शकुनी अपने तम्बाकू वाले दात लिए सदा सोचता ही रहता है.. और पहली बार पता चला की शकुनी इतना मायावी भी था.. कृष्ण भगवान् २१-२२ साल की उम्र में कालिया मर्दन कर रहे है… बाल लीला जवानी में कर रहे है… अब बस देखते जाइये कही एकता कपूर की महाभारत में द्रोपती चीरहरण में कृष्ण भगवान् आना भूल जाये.. और शायद एकता कपूर की द्रौपती की साडी उतर ही जाए,,,, सोचिये मज़ा आएगा… एकता कपूर के युधिष्ठिर धर्मराज तो कम. और सलमान खान के शिष्य ज्यादा लगते है.. सिक्स पैक एब्स हाँ… देखिये अभी तो कई पात्र आना बाकि है.. देखते है वोह क्या क्या पहन के आयेगे.. बहुत अच्हा लिखा आपने… एक बात बताइए.. मै अगर एकता कपूर पर इस बात के लिए केस करना चाहू तो कर सकता हु क्या?

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  8. raj says:

    Spoiled Mahabhatha

  9. raj says:

    spoiled mahabharatha

  10. Soumyo goswami says:

    well………..Mahabharat is an Indian epic and everybody presented that in an indian style , but ekta kapoor has presented this in a greek & european style .everybody have thier own style & way to present………Ekta kapoor dressed everybody like the characters of hollywood movie 300 & GLADIATOR. that is good .
    The first episode we saw was Draupadi’s cheerharan , i think that was an introduction , only faces of Yudhishtira , Draupadi , Duryodhan , Dusshahsan ,Shakuni have been seen that which artist is playing that role

    Ekta kapoor is known only for over dramatizing tele-serial , her KYUNKI SAAS BHI KABHI BAHU THI & KAHANI GHAR GHAR KI were just like that , iam happy that she created a new tv serial of Mahabharat.

    everything is good but the worst thing of this mahabharat is the background music
    If we talk about caste , everything is fine but SHAKUNI , KRISHNA ,ARJUN & DRAUPADI are not good , its looking like a shitt
    these are a main roles of the epic Mahabharat , it should be given to those person who are best suited for this role…………………role of krishna should be given to handsome person who could be compared to Nitish bharadwaj (who played the role of krishna in B.R.Chopra’s tv serial Mahabharat) & S.D.Bannerjee (who played the role of krishna in Ramanand Sagar’s Shri krishna) ,this is cheap that u r giving the role of krishna to a same person who is doing BAAL LILA also. She should have also checked that weather this person can be balanced with Chetan hansraj , Aryan vaid , Ronit roy e.t.c

  11. acha hua ki band ho gaya, nahi to kasam se kuch ho hi jata

  12. raji says:

    I saw only one part in You tube and never felt to watch again.
    Producer need some professional help to explain what
    Mahabharat is for Indians. Anybody knows why is it stopped?
    Or it is stopped because of lack of money.

  13. swaraj says:

    Ekta kapoor,you have made a fun of our great epic mahabharta.you will be punished for it.just wait for the punishment.

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