The Mahabharata! Let’s CAST It!!!!!

The 8 central characters are such great types, super fun to cast. Don’t worry, if you somehow don’t know the story, I will summarize the main bits that are important for casting.

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Hindi Film 101: Ramayan and Mahabharat Part 6, The War Begins, Drona and Bhishma Arrive to Meet Their Doom

Part 6!  Back to the main storyline after a detour into Krishna and Karna.  Although I guess there will be more detours here, that’s what the Mahabharat is about, all the little stories that make us think about how things happen, how they begin and end.

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Hindi Film 101: Ramayan and Mahabharat Part 4, Karna, the Saddest and Best Character

The Mahabharat is so complex, each character is the lead in their own story, and each character (of the many many characters) could easily have their own post.  But I am going to restrain myself and just focus on the two most intriguing (to me) characters of the epic who are not part of the Pandavas or the Kauravas, Krishna and Karna.

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Hindi Film 101: The Mahabharat and the Ramayan Part 2, It’s All About the Questions Without Answers

I want to clarify, I am in no way a religious scholar or even just a regular average Hindu.  This is the story and philosophy at the most basic level as I have gleaned it through reading various simple versions of the text, and seeing how it played out in the lives of people I know and in the films.

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Hindi Film 101: The Basics of the Mahabharat and the Ramayan, Part 1

This was a request from Angie, to break down the essential elements of these stories and save you the effort of trying to research them yourself.  Obviously, if you are a desi person, you already know them more than well enough.  But if you are a non-desi, I can give you a sort of primer on them.

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News Round-Up: Everyone Has Jobs, Amitabh to Anupam to Imraan!

Happy Monday!  So much news to catch up on!  For instance, Amitabh went to the hospital, which is always an exciting experience for the international news media.  Poor Amitabh, can you imagine if every time you went in for a routine procedure, your picture was headlines everywhere in the world?  So stressful!

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Fargo and the Mahabharata

I am having such an American weekend!  Star Wars yesterday, and finally catching up on Fargo today!  But, since I am still a student of Indian film, just like Star Wars yesterday, Fargo made me start thinking about what it has in common with Indian narratives, and how those narratives might actually be universal.

In this case, the Mahabharata.  Or more accurately, the Mahabharata versus the Ramayana.

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