Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 - Dancing with the Stars


Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 - Dancing with the Stars
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 - Dancing with the Stars

Interpreting Sushant's performance (Page 3)

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g8 post

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@nimrah: I'm glad my thread helped you understand the performance.Smile

@debolina: I agree with you. It was truly a wonderful act. I would have been very crushed if someone else had done this act, and been sad that sushant didn't do anything like this one- but but but.. its my Sushi who did it, and so I'm very happy!!!

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@priya: Thankyou. Smile
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Posted: 29 December 2010 at 11:19am | IP Logged
ya . .this act was purr-fect for him ..
btw , I think he likes doing patriotic stuff .. he is doing a patriotic theme next week .. whats the bets that he came up with the concept for this performance too?
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Originally posted by nikitagmc

Hello people!

I've read the comments of many people, and realised that many people couldn't understand Sushant's performance, maybe cos they weren't very familiar with Mahabharata or the character Karna- often referred as 'Angaraj Karna' (King of Anga), Soot-putra KArna (son of charioteer) or Daanveer Karna (Kind and one who gives without expectations in return)- or cos of any other reason.. Till one does not understand it, it is difficult to completely appreciate a performance. So here's a short interpretation for those who didn't understand it. Anyways, Mahabharata being an interesting story, I think you would like to read it.


Mahabharata is a story of good and evil revolving around the struggle for the throne of Hastinapur.

Good- Pandava princes -5 in no. - their father died when they were little and his blind brother was running the kingdom in his place.

Evil- Kaurava Princes -100 in no. + 1 sister- children of that blind ruler- (Dhritarashtra) and cousins of Pandavas. They knew the Pandavas were the rightful heirs to the throne, and hence 99 of them wanted to get rid of Pandavas by hook or crook. They used to conspire against them all the time.

They were headed by Duryodhana.Angry

Mahabharata is the story of this good vs evil, and about various characters who fight and support the two groups for reasons of their own. Amongst them was Karna.Star

Karna was technically Pandavas brother. Their mother Kunti had been given a special mantra as a boon- whenever she remembered any form of God and prayed to him with that mantra, then that form would come and give her a son. When she got the mantra cum boon, she was very eager to try it and see whether it worked, and prayed to Sun God, who came and gave her a son, who was majestic just like him and had a kavach (protecting coat) and kundal (ear-rings) made of gold. Naturally Kunti was shocked, cos she wasn't married at that time. She got very scared about how to explain to society and so she put her little one in a basket and set him in a river. A poor charioteer found him, he was childless and so was very glad to get a baby. Karna grew up with him and his wife. He trained under Guru Parshuram, by lying to him that he was a Brahmin. The Guru however caught his lie, and cursed that at the moment you need my knowledge most, you shall forget all of it. It turned out to be true in the battle of Kurukshetra- which was the climax of the Mahabharata, fought between Kauravas and Pandavas. Later when Karna grew up, he went to a sort of competition where everyone was saying that Pandava Prince Arjun is the best warrior, KArna  wanted to compete  and prove him wrong, but was rejected since he was not a Kshatriya prince.Cry

Duryodhana- the evil eldest Kaurava prince-  figured out that poor Karna was brave and could be useful to him in defeating the PAndavas, and so made him king of Anga and befriended him. So thanks to Duryodhana, Karna could display his skills that day in front of everyone and gave a tough competition to Arjuna. And thus Karna, who was essentially a very good person, joined the wrong people cos he felt grateful to Duryodhana. He had rivalry with Arjuna, one of the Pandavas, since everyone always called him 'the best warrior' and never gave Karna the consideration just because he was son of a charioteer.Cry

Before the battle of Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna tried to unite him his brothers, but Karna could not betray his friend. Ouch Kunti, (who had identified him by the Kavach and Kundal) asked Daanveer Karna, for charity, saying she wanted all her 5 sons alive- she didn't want bloodshed between brothers. So Karna said, okay, you'll get 5 sons, but not 6 Shocked- I'll not kill any of your sons except Arjuna- if Arjuna kills me, you'll have 5 sons, if I kill Arjuna, then also you'll have 5 sons.Clap Thus Karna didn't let even his Mom go empty handed.Star

Coming to Sushant's performance:  All aspects of KArna's character and his role in Mahabharata were brought out- in 2 and a half minutes.  Sushant was KArna, and Shampa got into various roles- Remo was wrong- according to what I understood, Shampa performed 4 roles, not 3- in the beginning she was Arjuna, with whom Karna wanted to compete but was refused cos he was the son of a charioteer. Then she was Lord Krishna (yellow scarf- Lord Krishna - Pitambar- someone who wears yellow) who even went to the extent of offering Karna a big kingdom if he left Duryodhan- the evil,  and joined his blood brothers the Pandavas (the action where she cradled her hands and asked him to come along signified it) and KArna refused saying I cannot leave someone who always supported me, I must be loyal to him even if he is bad. Then she was Lord Indra (pink scarf) who cleverly asked Karna for his Kawach-Kundal in charity (to reduce his strength) and the 'daanveer' that he was, he gave it at once. Clap

then of course, the battlefield of Kurukshetra, where she was Yudhishthira or Nakul/Sahdeva, (one of them, I forgot with whom Karna had fought with swords and almost defeated- here sushant fought with Shampa and threw away her sword, and wanted to kill, but stopped). Karna could have killed him, but he did not, cos he had promised his Mom Kunti that he would not kill any of her sons (and his blood brothers) except Arjuna, so that she could always have 5 sons, (as she wanted)

Then his death- he got down to set the wheel of his chariot right which had got stuck in the mud, and Lord Krishna instigated Arjuna to kill him, though it was cheating, by reminding that Karna and others on the Kauravas side had killed Arjuna's son by cheating too. Evil had to be defeated by evil- and cheating by cheating- tit for tat WinkClap. And so, the brave Karna died for supporting the side of evil..Cry

The end was the best of the whole sequence- Shampa turned into Lord Krishna again (yellow scarf with chakra in hand)- and paid respect to the brave Karna, who had been loyal till the end, had been kind till the end, and had not broken his promise to his mother till the end, and instead died in the battlefield fighting- the lyrics here were beautiful- we respect Karna- the brave, kind warrior, even though he was on the side of evil.

The symbolism and actions plus dance drama was according to the story. All the roles of Shampa were easy to follow- Lord Krishna came in yellow, he had the Sudarshana chakra in his hand (Shampa was moving one hand round and round), and everything else. Even Arjuna was dressed in silver (any one who has seen BR Chopra's Mahabharata, which was THE Mahabharata for most youngsters, will remember that Karna was always dressed in gold there and Arjuna was dressed in silver in that serial.WinkLOLClap

Hope this helps those who couldn't understand the performance. Now go see the dance again- this time you'll understand it.

Hats off to you for your detailed knowledge of Indian mythology and intricate explanation of this beautiful performance. If only our generation got to read/see more of such acts, instead of being subjected to the likes of Sheila ki Jawani.

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Posted: 29 December 2010 at 11:56am | IP Logged
Originally posted by imtoosexyforyou

PS : Why is Ankita so jealous of him ? Did anybody else notice that ? She was trying to be a diplomat .

Have you seen siblings, best friends, couples etc - the behavior is similar. There is a lot of love, lot of pride in others accomplishments but still a sense of competition and jealousy. It can be adorable really.

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Posted: 29 December 2010 at 12:00pm | IP Logged
@TS Thanks for sharing your interpretation.

It was delightful to see a mythological representation like this. Shampas various portrayals reminded me of Kruthi's performance in DID where she enacted Draupadi's vastraharan. That was another unforgettable and beautiful performance.

In classical Indian dance, as well as martial arts there are many dances depicting mythological tales. All very interesting. Other South East Asian cultures also have such mythological tales and dances. There are many Balinese dances on Ram katha too. Would be nice if someday we got to see the other Asian myth dances and martial arts dances too.

More genres, less masala please.

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Posted: 29 December 2010 at 12:22pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by blyton

Hats off to you for your detailed knowledge of Indian mythology and intricate explanation of this beautiful performance. If only our generation got to read/see more of such acts, instead of being subjected to the likes of Sheila ki Jawani.

Thankyou very much. Big smile But I would like to confess that my knowledge is not complete, or so detailed, I think--- cos Indian mythology in itself is so vast, that as we read more and more, we come to know how less we know. It happened with me recently.

I have seen B.R. Chopra's Mahabharata as a child, so my knowledge is basically based on that only. At that time, I did not think much about culture and mythology- I just saw it as an interesting tale with nice twists and turns- my parents are to be credited for making me take interest in this. Later read a book version of the same cos I wanted to understand some of the loopholes I had missed out (I can't claim I remember every single detail though LOL). And now I like its philosophy and characters very much.

Regarding the 'our generation' point- LOL- must clarify that I'm of the young generation only- I'm studying in a medical college. Big smile But I understand what you are trying to say.

And I don't like Sheila ki Jawani.Dead But yeah, I like Munni badnaam hui.StarWinkLOLBig smile Do you know that the lyrics and tune (with some changes) is actually based on a folk song of UP?Shocked

BTW- B. R. Chopra's Mahabharata is STILL telecasted on TV, even after all these years.Big smile

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