Originally posted by AishuHiBawariOkay, so I am so surprised that I hadn't heard of this television series earlier. Guys, everyone go and and watch it, it's amazing! The dialogue is perfect, because it's shudh hindi but not overtly dramatized and effusive as we often see it on mytho shows. And the pronounciation and stressing and unstressing of certain words is spot on! Simply, you will understand the gist of what is being said even if you don't understand every specific word. I've seen a lot of these actors on screen, and this is just me, but their talents have never been utilized well before this.
YES!!! SO MUCH YES Like for instance we both knew Jaya Bhattacharya as a bright spot in several of Ekta's crapfests, but we didn't know she had THIS level of talent! It's an altogether different kind of subtlety and dedication they've elicited from each actor and actress in the show.
I'm only on episode five right now, and they've covered the Kurukshetra battle scene, to Valmiki's transformation from the dacoit Ratnakar to the writer of the Ramayana, and the story of Ashtavakra. I grew up on these stories as a kid. I very clearly remember my mom telling me about Ratnakar (he's referred to as Valya Koli in most marathi versions). And the obvious lesson in this case is that anyone, no matter how far they've fallen, can pick themselves up and right their wrongs. I remember her telling me that he couldn't even pronounce "Raam" correctly when he first started chanting the holy name. He would chant "Mara, Mara, Mara" which literally means "Die, Die, Die." But over time he became so engrossed in his chanting, that the "Mara, Mara, Mara" became "Raam, Raam, Raam." So, if a sinner like Valya Koli, who couldn't even say Raam, can become the great sage, Valmiki, then anyone can make up for their wrongs. But in this example, they take a teaching from the Upanishads. In this particular episode it was that you are your own friend and your own enemy. And they applied it to this katha and how Ratnakar had the power to create his own family, he had the power to create enemies, and then he also had the power to also create his new life as a devotee of Shri Raam. Lol. I went waay too in detail with that example, but you get the point. Like Lola di said, they take one teaching from the Upanishad and apply it to a story and that becomes the episode. That's a great point dearie! Even when the story is a familiar one, they don't always present the moral of the story we would expect from it - further proving how universal our scriptures are, and how you can learn something different from the same story each time you reread it. Bottomless oceans, quite literally.
Speaking of the Valmiki episode, I really really LOVED their Narad! It was a different take on the character from what we're used to, a fully-realized version rather than a mastikhor. The Bhagavat and some other scriptures refer to Narad also as an avatar of Vishnu, and with this particular characterization, I would definitely believe that. To add to that, the actor sang so beautifully! Wish his little chants were longer so I could save them, the same old dhuns are so touching when sung without music <3