Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two Stars)
Voice Cast: Amitabh Bachchan as Bheeshma, Vidya Balan as Draupadi, Ajay Devgn as Arjun, Sunny Deol as Bheem, Anil Kapoor as Karna, Jackie Shroff as Duryodhan, Deepti Naval as Kunti, Vrajesh Hirjee as Dushashan, Shatrughan Sinha as Lord Krishna, Anupam Kher as Shakuni
Director: Amaan Khan
What’s Good: Revival of the Epic that holds great value for all Indians.
What’s Bad: The animation is definitely poor and the film has no fun value in it.
Loo break: Quite many.
Watch or Not?: Usually I would have given a thumbs up to indigenous works of filmmakers who are trying their hand at something new but with Mahabharat – 3D I was most disappointed. We have seen way better animation films come out of India and this one though undertakes the magnanimity of translating an epic, I will still suggest you to give this one a miss. It isn’t worth ending your year with a shabbily done films like it.
The story of Mahabharat – 3D is something every young or old Indian is fluent with. The story of sibling rivalry between Pandavas and Kauravas which has defined the contours of relationships, the film traps the excitement of interpersonal relationships, the socio-political and mostly personal politics between the conflicting families.
The story that leads to the great war between them in Kurukhshetra is something that Indians hold of great value. Watch and find out about the tumultuous fight of the Pandavas to topple the Kauravas and win the throne which rightfully belongs to them.
Mahabharat – 3D Review: Script Analysis
The script of Mahabharat – 3D remains the same that the original entails but the execution isn’t praiseworthy at all. The best thing about watching an animation film is to enjoy it and when it isn’t fun enough you tend to lose interest. Though mythological adaptations have been adept for making animation films in India, there is a clear lack of imagination in furthering the narrative in this stint.
It wasn’t elaborate enough and it seemed that the characters were half heartedly done. The makers take it for granted that you are fluent with the story and hence hasn’t indulged much in detailing the plot. The endeavor was clearly half baked. There is no heart in the story despite the poignancy of the epic and it indeed is the maker’s fault that they were so busy making it slick that they forgot to narrate the tale well.
To its credit, the voices have been well picked. I believe a lot of research and hassle-some work has gone into picking the right voices for the roles. Amitabh Bachchan is obviously as iconic as ever but to loop in Sunny Deol and Anil Kapoor, mostly Vidya Balan is work of sheer great voice casting.
Mahabharat – 3D Review: Star Performances
Amongst the voices, the best rendered are obviously Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan. There is the right pitch, the right tone and the right angst they get to the otherwise mundane characters. Anil Kapoor and Sunny Deol have also done a fantastic job in their respective parts. While they can never be the natural choice for the characters, they do their job to perfection. However, Jackie Shroff was a bit of disappointment for me and so was Deepti Naval.
Mahabharat – 3D Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
Amaan Khan does understand the basic premise of a good animation film. With hints of novelty and veins of inventiveness, the film’s originality in terms of direction cannot be questioned. However the animation is poor despite being well-intentioned. It isn’t neat, it isn’t funny and mostly by end it becomes too tedious to be endured. There are barely any hilt moments what with the editing done so bluntly.
Mahabharat – 3D Review: The Last Word
Mahabharat – 3D was not expected to be a work of genius. I wasn’t hoping for another Avatar but I was definitely looking for more meat than what was served to me. Except phenomenal voice casting, the film has very little to gloat about. Don’t waste your time at the theaters on this one and wait for the TV telecast. I am settling for a 2/5 for it. Indian animation can easily show more wild originality than what we got here. Buck up for the next time.
Mahabharat – 3D Trailer
Mahabharat – 3D releases on 27th December, 2013.
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