4.Birth of the Characters
5. Duryodhana...the villain!
6. Music of the Mahabharat
7. The Pandavas
8. The Path of Evil
9. Lord Krishna
10. Krishna's Ideals
11. The Grand Scale of the Show
12.The Greatest Battle
13. The End of the Greatest Epic
Nowadays we're surrounded by so many vastly differing TV shows that it's hard to keep track. And once the final episode airs, it's usually out of sight out of mind. One exception is B.R Chopra's Mahabharat which has had an unchallenged reign over our hearts for the last 25 years! The epic is something I hold very close to my heart. We were lucky enough in the UK that Mahabharat was telecast on BBC in the very early 90's. Like so many other British Indians my grandparents and parents recorded the episodes on tape and these became a major part of my childhood. The bal Krishna leela is especially close to my heart...I was growing up alongside mischievous Krishna himself! The beauty of the show was that it appealed to young and old alike. While I was marvelling over the action scenes and the beautiful costumes, my elders would be listening to the wisdom between the lines, the lessons behind the story. And now, as a young adult I too am beginning to hear what they heard, learning a new lesson each time. I have Mahabharat to thank for the love and interest I have in Hinduism and Indian mythology. As a young woman the character of Draupadi is inspiring to say the least. The strength and dignity Roopa Ganguly displayed during the Vastraharan' sequence is something that has not...and most likely will not ever be replicated on television. If any Indian television show deserves to remain in the hearts and minds of people across the world then it belongs to the Mahabharat. The cast of the show was its Brahmastra...it's very hard to see a new Krishna, Arjun or Draupadi without feeling a pang in my heart for Nitish, Feroz and Roopa. I feel very grateful to be a part of the audience for this show and I'm honoured to have been able to make this thread to celebrate Mahabharat's achievement. Congratulations for making it to 25 years and I'm confident my children will be growing up and learning from it just as I did, and that we'll be celebrating its 50th year together!
~ Lola (Lola610) ~
I first watched B.R. Chopra's Mahabharat when I was only 7 or 8 years old, and I haven't really stopped watching it since. Back then, it was Krishna's childhood pranks, Bhim's dietary habits, and the sight of Arjun in drag. My reasons for enjoying the show have since changed, but not the amount of love and appreciation I have for it. If anything, I love it even more each time I revisit it because whenever I rewatch an episode, it gives me something new to learn from, or something to think about and discuss and debate with like-minded friends until we draw a conclusion that is as relevant to our 21st century lives as it was back in Dwapar Yug when the story took place. Those two qualities of the show are what really make it special for me - the clever writing because of which any one dialogue can inspire so many different interpretations, and the timelessness of its messages - its ability to use dialogue and narration to draw parallels between the predicaments of these larger than life characters of the past and our own day-to-day challenges and concerns. Of course those qualities would not have been rendered so memorable without the show's near flawless cast. I will forever cherish Nitish Bharadwaj's portrayal of Krishna, which reinforced my belief that my God is not chilling on a throne up there somewhere unconcerned with whatever I'm going through, but has a dynamic presence in my life as a guide and a protector and a friend - with a sense of humor and deep empathy in equal measure. Similarly, Roopa Ganguly's portrayal of Draupadi's strength and Feroz Khan's ability to convey Arjun's devotion and trust in God - showing us how one behaves and later prospers when one literally and figuratively hands him the reins - will affect and inspire me forever. I am grateful to the B.R. Chopra and everyone involved in the show for giving me all those lessons, all those reminders, all that mental exercise , and especially the priceless friendships it gave me. Thank you BRC MB for 25 glorious years, and here's to 2500 more!
~ Reema (*Reemz*) ~
BR Chopra's 'Mahabharat'- Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. We were fortunate to have the epic air here in UK. My Grandad had actually recorded all these on tape and I must have been very young, probably 4-5 when I first saw it. If there is any piece of a Indian fiction which can be defined as epic then it was this series. It's not like they had a great budget but the show was magic. The eerie feeling 'Samay' gave at the beginning of every episode, the actors who were born to play these characters, the complexities of their inner turmoils. It was much much more than a war. Even now I watch it and I'm just in awe. One such sequence which sends shivers down my spine (apart from the Gita reciting) is when young Krishna comes out of Yamuna dancing on the naag. I'm not a religious person but that scene actually makes me want to bow down in front of the screen. Such is the magic of this Mahabharat. Unfortunately or fortunately ...no replica will come close to it. That's not an opinion- it's a fact . Words will never do justice to how I attached I am to 'BR Chopra's Mahabharat'
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