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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Dec 2014

Movie review of Mahabharat: animation disappoints but star voiceovers save the day

Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, December 27, 2013
First Published: 14:33 IST(27/12/2013) | Last Updated: 14:40 IST(27/12/2013)

The animated version of Mahabharat, directed by Amaan Khan, fails to impress in animation. However, the voiceovers of stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Manoj Bajpayee and Anil Kapoor are brilliant.

Check out what critics are saying about the movie:

Meena Iyer, The Times Of India
Rating: ***1/2
Critic's take: Amitabh Bachchan's baritone is used for the stellar Bheeshma Pitamah. Although the Big B doesn't have muscular arms like his animated counterpart, their faces match. A superlative list of actors like Ajay Devgn (Arjun), Manoj Bajpayee (Yudhisthir), Sunny Deol (Bheem), Anil Kapoor (Karan), Jackie Shroff (Duryodhan), Anupam Kher (Shakuni) and Vidya Balan (Draupadi) have also infused life into the computer generated characters with their inimitable voices.

On the flip side, the animation effort itself is immature and several notches below those of Hollywood films. Yet the dub effort by the Bollywood superstars uplifts this epic, making it enjoyable.

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Deepanjana Pal, Firstpost
Critic's take: The artwork in Mahabharat is appalling and the animation is worse. From the movements of the characters to the visual effects - like two arrows going at each other - it looks like a pirated and outdated version of MS Paint was used to create the film.

The movements of the characters are awkward and jerky, making it look like the mythical heroes learned how to walk from Godzilla. The battle scenes are not only badly drawn and animated, they're also boring.

This new Mahabharata isn't so much a kid-friendly version as one made for dummies, by dummies.

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Bollywood Hungama
Rating:
***
Critic's take: The USP of Mahabharat is that the characters in the film bear a strong resemblance to the actors lending them their voices. The film should work for two more reasons: the riveting story and the superior quality animation [a handful of scenes notwithstanding]. Besides, minute detailing has gone into the costumes, effects and the overall look.

The one flaw that stands out is the lip sync of the characters with the voiceovers, which seems to go out of place in a few sequences.

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Tweet review

@BhawanaSomaaya:
#JayantilalGaada's #Mahabharat's different from other #animation films coz while other films have 1 hero, Mahabharat has many heroes

@girishkumart: Just saw #mahabharat animation presented by #jayantilalgada #pen thoroughly enjoyed it. Releases tomorrow in cinemas do catch it (sic).

@27nainajha: Animated #Mahabharat is super awesome!!

@sandipr: Shatrughan Sinha as the animated Krishna in #Mahabharat. That just feels wrong.

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