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Nitish Bhardwaj played Krishna so beautifully in BR Chopra's Mahabharat that it's unimaginable to see any other actor in that 'immortal' role. But Vishal Karwal, Imagine's new Dwarkadhish, just about manages to fit into the part. With a cheeky, naughty smile and dimples to boot, Vishal does remind you of Bhardwaj and captures the naughty spirit of the Lord but sadly enough, he doesn't get the 'emotional' sur right. Maybe it's early days yet, maybe those royal mojris are mighty to fill in, maybe it's too big a role to do justice to but something is amiss for sure. More about that later!
Dwarkadhish Bhagwan Shri Krishna, as the title suggests, is about Krishna, who lives inDwarka, his exploits on the battlefield, his calculative bent of mind, his victory over his enemies (from Kans to Kalyavan, Shishupal, Jarasandh and Rukmi, to name a few) through sheer ingenuity, his bond with Balaram and his warm relationship with the people of his kingdom. Fortunately, there are no cute tales about his makhanchori and his flirting withRadha and the gopiyan, something we have seen ad nauseam in other shows on the Lord.
Now for what works and what doesn't for the show. Dwarkadhish is lavishly mounted, you have actors in elaborate costumes and palaces done up ostentatiously, perfect and picturesque but most of it seems to be computer generated, and sticks out like a sore thumb, taking away the soul from the proceedings. For instance, there was a battle sequence between the mighty Jarasandh and Krishna and Balarama, which had the two brothers climbing a mountain while Jarasandh's soldiers set it on fire in a bid to kill them…what could have been exciting to watch was let down by some tacky computer graphics. The images looked disjointed and the action seemed to be happening at one place while the protagonists were in another, it didn't look like a whole and that took the joy away completely from the scene.
Also, the actors cast in key roles is another sore point. Except for Puneet Issar as Jarasandh (Issar's broad frame takes away 95 per cent of my TV screen), other actors like the podgy, expressionless Balaram and the mouse-like Rukmini or the apology of an actor cast as the warrior Shishupal have neither the personality nor the magnetism to pull off those big roles.
Last but not the least, Vishal as Dwarkadhish, is extremely easy on the eye, but he needs to get his dialogue-delivery right, and modulate his voice instead of just parroting the lines. However, Dwarkadhish is still a notch above the tame fare that passes of as primetime entertainment. It's a good lesson in mythology for children. At least, my son thinks so.
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