Sorry to offend fans of that show, but BRC's Mahabharata was absolutely third rate, or at best, second rate, given the liberties they took w/ that story. One might as well watch Peter Brookes'.
Also, I agree w/ Janaki that the Sagars - all of them - are clueless about Mahabharata/Krishna. Even Ramanand Sagar's Shri Krishna went its own merry ways w/ invented stories, like that of Vajranaam. Also, the killing of Shishupala took place shortly before the game of dice - in fact, it was the latter that shortly followed the former - but they put a whole lot of fluff in between. And Pradhyumna - they just made that story so convoluted. And the Mahabharata part of it was just about the Pandavas and Karna, like there were no other warriors in that war. Also, after the Ashwamedha yagna, Krishna left the Pandavas for good, and was not there to console them after the deaths of Kunti, Gandhari & Dhritarashtra, as they showed.
I'd love for there to be a fused serial of Mahabharata & Krishna - put it under any title. I'd like them to take Mahabharata accounts where possible, since they cover things better than SB, and only use SB when Mahabharata accounts don't exist. Have parallel tracks b/w Hastinapur & Mathura, or Indraprastha/Hastinapur & Dwaraka, and show Krishna's (and family) adventures in tandem w/ that of the Pandavas & Kauravas. Include 'fuse points' such as Rukmini and other queens helping Subhadra raise Abhimanyu & Draupadi's sons, have Satyabhama meet Draupadi, as in the Mahabharata, show Yudhisthir's meeting w/ Nahusha, show Samba abducting Lakshmanaa and so on. In all, make this a complete serial, but one that makes sense. Oh, and if possible, skip the Krishna/Radha stories from this one.
On the serial itself, I'm not liking the cast. Debina Chatterjee looks too young to be a Draupadi, who would have to age over the serial from someone in say her 30s to an aged woman when she dies. But I'd like to see Vishal Karwal back as Krishna, and maybe even the DBSK's Balaram, Yudhisthir, Bhima, Jambavati and Sudama return in those roles (if they include Krishna's full story as well)
Edited by .Vrish. - 06 January 2013 at 1:06am