My recent source of entertainment and essential words of wisdom comes from Star Plus’s show Mahabharat. Mahabharata is a revered Sanskrit epic of India, which literally translates into- Great India. “Maha” means “great” and “Bharata” refers to the Indian King Bharat, so this story is about the descendants of King Bharat, from whom India attained its name.
(Pictured, from Left to Right: Prince Dhuryodhan, Rajmata Satyavati, Lord Krishna, Queen Ghandari, Prince Arjun.)
The story of Mahabharat, in a jist, from my perspective, is a portrayal of Good (Dharm) versus Evil (Adharm). It portrays the many shades of mankind, from revered qualities such as love, loyalty, courage, integrity to the condoned qualities such as deceit, dishonesty, greed, and arrogance, just to name a few. Thus, this epic beautifully paints the picture of the dueling natures of man-kind, the extent self-righteousness and ethics drives an individual, and how nothing short of a Divine intervention puts the world into balance.
(Pictured, from Left to Right, Top: Pitama Bhishma, Queen Ghandari, King Pandu. Pictured, from Left to Right, Bottom: Rajmata Satyavati, King Dhirdhirastra, and Rajmata Kunti.)
Star Plus’s Mahabharat show brings the magic of the epic to life. From the every-day interactions of civilians of the land, to the politically guided moves of the Royal elites, to the roles of the Divine to guide and purify humanity is all very well portrayed by the actors, writers, directors and everyone involved in its making.
The dueling natures within ourselves, as we are not purely black nor white, rather we are encompassed of many grays, is superbly portrayed by the actors. Whether it comes to the formidable strength of Bhisma but his restriction to be bound by his oath to his father, King Shantanu, to remain a celibate for the wish of Queen Satyavati’s (Bhisma’s step mother) greed to make her lineage the rulers of the Kingdom of Hastinapur; or whether it comes to Karna (Son of the Sun God and Kunti) who by an unfortunate play of fate becomes the adopted son of a Charioteer (considered lower in caste to the Royalties) and struggles all his life, insistent to be judged by his abilities and courage and not by where he was born into.
The inner struggles and array of emotions one must face to be in such situations is so beautifully portrayed by these actors. Like, Pitama Bhishma and Karna in the above example, the actors who play the roles of Dhrithirashtra, Vikarn, Gandhari, Kunti, Shakuni, Dhuryodhan, Ashvathama, Dhrona, Krishna, Arjun, Yudshitir, Bheem, Nakul, Sahadev, Vidhur, and Draupadi just to name a few of the great characters, all bring the role to life!
Each of the characters were led by their own personal morality and faced many victories and many tribulations, and I am perfectly spell-bound by the beautiful performances each of these actors give while portraying each character, day in and day out.
While I am beyond enjoying the journey they all (actors and the entire Star Plus Mahabarat team) have portrayed so far, I am a little sad that the show will be coming to an end soon. But hey, all good things have to come to an end sometimes, right? But the result they will be leaving behind for us, is something that I will forever treasure! No doubt, I will be showing this entire show to my future children, someday!
Thanks for entertaining my musings!
– Surely, Sherley
Copyright © Sherley J. Edinbarough (Surely, Sherley and/or SurelySherley), 2014.
For more exciting details about the show and cast, visit the official Star Plus website: http://www.starplus.in/mahabharat/
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