Friday, October 15, 2010

Review Ramayana – The Epic By Komal Nahta |

Star cast: Animation film with dialogues dubbed by Juhi Chawla, Manoj Bajpayee, Ashutosh Rana, Mukesh Rishi.
Plot: The story is from the epic Ramayana. It talks about the 14-year exile of Lord Rama; Sita’s kidnap by Ravana; and her ultimate release by Lord Rama with the help of Hanuman.
What’s Good: Sets; some part of the animation.
What’s Bad: The screenplay; the other part of the animation.
VerdictRamayana The Epic will be an ‘epic’ disaster at the box-office
Loo break: Anytime!

Maya Entertainment Ltd.’s Ramayana The Epic is an animation film which talks about the chapter of Lord Rama’s 14-year exile, the kidnap of Sita by Ravana and how Rama, with the help of Hanuman and his army of monkeys, finally rescues Sita from the clutches of Ravana.

The story is based on the epic, Ramayana. However, Chetan Desai and Rituraj Tripathi’s screenplay is a job childishly done. Although the story has such a lot of drama, excitement and emotions, all of these have been kept out of the screenplay. Frankly, the story unfolds on the screen like an ordinary account devoid of any emotions. Even the dialogues, penned by Rituraj Tripathi, are commonplace and not of the kind befitting an epic story like the Ramayana. Since the story is common knowledge, the presentation should have been mind-blowing if it was to be brought on screen. But the presentation in this case adds nothing to the drama.

Dubbing of the animation characters by Manoj Bajpayee (for Lord Rama), Juhi Chawla (Sita), Mukesh Rishi (Hanuman), Ashutosh Rana (Ravana) and Rishabh Shukla (Laxman) is appropriate. However, the animation could’ve been better. Several human animated characters look a bit awkward as their faces look plastered on their bodies without the necks or with disproportionate (small) necks. Otherwise, the animation is fairly nice.
Chetan Desai’s direction looks like a job hurriedly done. Sharang Dev Pandit’s music and Raamendra Tripathi’s lyrics ought to have been far more appealing and inspiring. Priyam Chatterjee’s sets are rich and grand.
On the whole, Ramayana The Epic lacks entertainment and will go largely unnoticed. Disaster!

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