We have all grown up hearing about the Ramayan, the greatest Hindu epic. But how many of us really know what Ramayan is all about (if you don’t know that Ram was banished for 14 years from Ayodhya and his return is celebrated as Diwali, do not, we repeat, do not admit this to anyone in public), how the tale unfolds and what significance it holds in our lives?
Also read: The Ramayan reading list
Reading the original Ramayan is probably the best way out, but if you’re looking for a short cut (remember, Valmiki’s version has seven parts), here it is, a list of movies and animation films that recreate the epic in an entertaining manner.
Why You Should Watch It:
A beautiful interpretation of the Ramayan, but with a modern twist. With two parallel stories, the movie seeks to show the relevance of the story in the context of the 21st century – how the marriage of Ram and Sita, didn’t work thousands of years ago, just like a lot of marriages today.
Sounds depressing? It’s not. There are Indonesian shadow puppets carrying out a lively, unscripted discussion of their idea of Ramayan, musical interludes of Annette Hanshaw’s jazz vocals and animated watercolour paintings, all of which make the movie rather cute and fun.
Watch It For: The 2D animation created entirely on a laptop, using Flash!
Ramayana - the Legend Of Prince Rama
By: Yugo Sako And Ram Mohan
Sampoorna Ramayana (1961)
By: Babubhai Mistry.
Cast: Mahipal (Ram) and Anita Guha (Sita)
The second significant movie based on the epic with its song and dance was a bonafide box–office hit (it has two songs by Lata Mangeshkar too).
From HT Brunch,October 19
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