Ramayana – The Epic (2010)

Everybody agrees that the Ramayana and the Mahabharata are the best stories that can ever be told. In terms of characters, drama and emotions, they are the quintessential potboilers that can never go wrong…. Unless they end up in the hands of unimaginative animators who are hell-bent on transforming the epical tales into boring, inanimate sermons. Now haven’t we seen so many of these films, of late?

Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Juhi Chawla, Mukesh Rishi

But wait. Here comes an animation film that breaks the mould completely and makes you sit back and savour the eternal superhero story that’s told with Spielbergian panache. So many things work in favour of Chetan Desai’s Ramayana. First, there is the 3D animation, which is vibrant, colourful and is a fine blend of calendar and pop art. Rama in ebullient blue tones, Sita in delicate white, Ravana in grimacing brown and Hanuman in his larger-than-life avatar are all great lookers. Second, the voice-overs are given special attention, just like Hollywood films.

If Manoj Bajpai and Juhi Chawla lend an equanimity to the characters of Rama and Sita with their soft undertones, then Ashutosh Rana razzle-dazzles with his over-the-top rendition of Ravana. Mukesh Rishi’s Hanuman too has the perfect tenor of the perfect devotee. But more than all this, it is the special effects of the film that sizzle and crackle. Hanuman’s flying soirees, Rama’s encounters with sea gods and serpents, the boisterous battle sequences are all spectacle and fun. Even the language is not Sankritised and strikes a chord with the aam aadmi.

Shred of all sermons, Ketan Mehta’s (producer) Ramayana works like magical pop art: An Andy Warhol version of an eternal Indian superhero.

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