Way back in the ’80s, Mahabharata hit the Indian psyche in a big way. And two decades later, one of the most popular characters from the mythological work, Arjun, will see himself in a completely new avatar — animated.
Director Arnab Chaudhuri promises that Arjun – The Warrior Prince puts forth a completely new interpretation of Arjun.“It (the TV version) was fantastic. After all, it set the benchmark. Plus, the reach has been simply unparalleled. But today, if you look at BR Chopra’s Mahabharata, it would look dated because it was made 20 years ago,” says Arnab.
Produced by UTV Motion Pictures, Arjun will release on May 25 with Walt Disney Pictures as distributors. “I know the comparisons might be made, but my film is completely different from Chopra’s work in terms of visualisation and styling,” says the director, adding that the idea for Arjun came up because he was exploring the option of doing an action film.
“I wanted to make something that would be almost like a kung fu or a martial arts movie. So, Arjun seemed perfect for it,” he says.
Arnab insists what makes the look of the film unique is that it’s based on regular people. The film’s character designer Pavan Buragohain says, “Arnab wanted Arjun to seem very real. So, I worked hard on the detailing.
That’s why it took me about four months to come up with his look.” The designer adds, “I looked at a lot of animation films but I didn’t want the look to be Disneyish or similar to Japanese animation characters. It had to be our own look with an Indian touch. That’s why it became an even bigger challenge. We observed a lot of real life people, but not anyone in particular.”