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Mahabharat of Star Plus: An 11 year old girl’s letter to her grandparents

This is a review from 11 year old Miss. K. Born and living in the US, she has never seen or heard of B.R.Chopra’s Mahabharata. However, she is an avid reader of Amar Chitra Katha comics and is very familiar with the stories of the Mahabharata presented there. She had no difficulty understanding the storyline, despite the jumps in time from one day to the next, thanks to this background knowledge of the text. She doesn’t know Hindi at all, and relies on subtitles and the acting to understand the story.
This was written as an email to her grandparents, I thought it was worth sending in, as a review from a  viewer, completely unbiased by previous versions!
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I saw a new show on TV this week, called Mahabharata. It was in Hindi, which I do not understand, but there were subtitles. The show (of what I have watched so far) is pretty interesting.
Some of the parts that I like are the graphics and many of the sets. For example, the scene where the king of Gandhar (Gandhari‘s dad), talks about his daughter’s marriage, the set of the palace and the garden was very realistic and grand. Amma explained that Gandhar is modern Afghanistan, and I think the costumes looked real too. The room where Gandhari sleeps looks very nice with all the lamps. But SO many lamps! My only concern was the fire hazard with curtains being near lamps. The bed didn’t look too comfortable though. How do they sleep on those dhindus? (she meant those roll-like pillows). The way they showed that Gandhari does not like and is scared of the dark, creates a wonderful backstory, with all the lamps, even if it is not real. (Amar Chitra Katha did not state this). But I thought the servant lady was prettier than the princess.

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I saw the episode which showed the war between Parashurama and Bheeshma. It was quite nice, especially the graphics. The final weapon battle of Parashurama and Bheeshma (blue light, red light) was very cool with them merging into the ball of light coming down, which then turned out to be Shiva‘s third eye. Shiva was a surprise! He was the same Shiva from Devon ke dev Mahadev, the show that amma watches.
Some of the actors and dresses are good. I like Bheeshma a lot but I particularly did not like the makeup and clothing on Amba. It looked very fake and was too much. It also looked like a size too large on her. And Amba should not get that hurt and bruised by meditating. I liked Satyavati, but why was she so upset with Vidura? Baby Dhritarashtra, Pandu and especially Vidura were cute, though the Vidura baby kept crying. But I thought Parashurama and Bheeshma fought the Amba fight before Ambika and Ambalika had children. But amma says TV shows often change the timelines for drama. I saw another episode with babies too (Sorry – lots of babies this week I think): the birth of Shikandini – Draupada sure wears lots of gold. It looks quite uncomfortable.
Another thing that I found very strange was the fact that Krishna came up as the narrator, but also teaches life lessons for parents on how to teach their kids and if they did it right.And  Krishna was not blue but amma said they don’t usually show him that way in the Mahabharata. The lessons were pretty good, but it was weird having them in between battle-action story! 
But I like the show and plan to watch it everyday, it is only 30 minutes.

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About TulikaD

A full fledged dreamer. I prefer to see life pass by from a train window rather than trying to catch up with it. P.S I write if I feel like it!:)

Discussion

7 thoughts on “Mahabharat of Star Plus: An 11 year old girl’s letter to her grandparents

  1. I thought it typical that she thought of fire hazards, something that American kids are so trained in…and loved the “why is Krishna giving life lessons” line…

    Posted by Maith | September 26, 2013, 7:33 pm
  2. very honest review. I agree with her ref to Amba , didn’t like her makeup, its just overdone. Keep going girl and really happy that at ur age u r following the mytho show . Its beautiful written and D & D is a good platform to express ur view point on any show. Looking fwd for more review from cmng epi. Lots of love 🙂

    Posted by Aparna Thiyam | September 26, 2013, 10:21 pm
  3. Good to see a 11 year old’s perspective on a desi mytho TV show from a videsi point of view. You are pretty much assured of an unbiased and frank opinion on the costumes, action, the visual appeal, the actors themselves and the roles they play without beating around the bush too much. Miss K certainly delivered all of this with her clear and concise choice of words and with a dose of humor to boot. I was smiling with pleasure all the way through to the end… I hope she will continue to provide her feedback in her own words as the story progresses.

    Posted by Asha | September 26, 2013, 11:29 pm
  4. Thought of the fire hazards too myself. But very much an American thing, kids are taught from day 1 about fire safety in schools here. She is right bang on so many issues in MB and similar opinions as ourselves. Hope she continues to write to her grandparents and give her reviews!

    Posted by Anju | September 26, 2013, 11:47 pm
  5. This was a surprise! This little girl has listed everything precisely n accurately acc to her! That ‘Why is Krishna giving lessons line- I like it! 😉 And amba’s make up n those heavy duty clothes on her- Agree with them too
    Felt good to read her review!
    Cheers D&D!

    Posted by Simran | September 27, 2013, 2:33 am
  6. very honest review. I liked it. Did u notice MissK also found the fight very cool like I found Parshuram’s weapon very cool 🙂

    Posted by Oly | September 27, 2013, 4:50 am
  7. Aww.. that is so sweet and simple review! Loved that she observed the costumes of Gandhar (afgani types). Thanks to Amar Chitra Katha that keep us in touch with our grand history and stories. By far this is the most innocent review I have read! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Posted by Anushree | September 27, 2013, 8:27 am

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