Star Plus Mahaabharat scrapped?

There is no ray of light seen for the show in the coming future as the news coming in is that the channel has decided to scrap the show...

Monday, March 09, 2009 | 2:12:42 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Star Plus and Bobby Bedi''s Mahaabharat was once the talk of the tele-land, but suddenly everything has gone silent after the television strike took over last year. We wonder what the channel and the Producer are up to.

A source from the production house informs, "The show is scrapped from the channel as lots of money was needed. Alongside there was no slot for the same, hence the decision was taken".

We had already reported that the show might see dawn in April, 2009, but all looks bleak now.  "The latest news is that the show has been scrapped. However, Bobby has still not left hopes and was heard telling one of his colleagues that he would never part with the hope of getting the show launched someday", adds our source.

Another insider enlightened us further, "The channel was not happy with the star cast of the show. They demanded for lots of changes. With that, they preferred to shoot in Mumbai at Film City, but the producers did not agree. Bobby wanted to give it a real look, and so he wanted it to be shot in the forests around Delhi. Things went wrong and it resulted in the closure of the project".

The star cast for the grand epic was already finalized. Nirmal Pandey as Bheeshm, Gagan Malik as Krishna, Lillete Dubey''s sister, Lushin Dubey was to portray the role of Kunti. Manoje Biddvai was also roped in to play Karan.

The shoot was taking place in the jungles of Morna, near Delhi.

It seems Bobby believes in the phrase that, ''Where there is a will, there is a way''. Let''s see what future lies in store for his Mahaabharat…

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Posted on: 11 March 2009 at 12:56pm
Today''s NDTV Ramayan and Jai Shri Krishna serial are taken in a way that appeals to the youth of our society (latest technology, up to date clothing, etc), but at the same time does not modernize the epic and still retains the age old values.

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Posted on: 11 March 2009 at 12:56pm
The focus of Mahabharat is the Kurkushetra War, but the focus of Ramayan is Sita Haran and Ram Ravan Yudh. Ram Ravan Yudh is not as dramatic as the Kurukshetra War, because the terms of both wars are different, and the goals were totally different as well. Shri Ram fought Ravan for Sita, and also for the honor and protection of women. The Kurukshetra War was fought for a kingdom.

And also liking one serial better than the other has to do with a preference for the epic. You prefer the Epic of Mahabharat, so naturally you will like BR Chopra''s serial better than Ramayan.

You found the special effects in Mahabharat better than in Ramayan, but I found them the same. I too watched BR Chopra''s Mahabharat, but special effects wise, I did not see anything dramatically different. The settings looked the same as RS''s Ramayan, and the bow, arrows, and special effects for the war felt the same. It all depends on how you look at it.

As much as I love BR Chopra''s Mahabharat though, it did not bring India to a standstill, and it was from the same time period (1988-1990). In fact, it was shown after Ramayan (1986-1987), so it did not even have that as a competition. BR Chopra''s Mahabharat was excellent, but I found something lacking in it unlike I felt for the Ramayan Serial.

One more thing: I personally do not prefer Modern day serials to mythos because they are all too dramatic and get incredibly unrealistic and boring at times. That''s just my personal opinion.

And the reason why retaking mythos is important is because the younger generation needs to get a chance to see them and learn morals from them as well. How many youngsters do you see going into a store and actually buying these old mythos?

Today''s NDTV Ramayan and Jai Shri Krishna serial are taken in a way that appeals to the youth of our society (latest technology, up to date clothing, etc), but at the sa...

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Posted on: 11 March 2009 at 12:52pm
Reply to Pallavi25Whether there is one channel or 25 channels does not matter up to a point. A show has to have something in it to bring the whole nation to a standstill. I mean, there were other shows than Ramayan on Doordarshan 20 years back. By what you said, why didn''t every single show bring India to a standstill? Why only Ramayan? You may not have liked Ramayan by Dr. RS, but you''re honestly one of two people I know who did not like it. That does not make it a boring show.

And of course each shot would be lengthened (though not unnecessarily as you say). It''s a serial, not a movie. If everything was fast paced, it would not be a serial, but more of a lengthened movie. And plus, it all has to do with personal preferences. Lots of people (like me) like to see things in Mythological Shows dragged on, because my love of Ramayan makes me want to watch as much of it as possible. But then again, if you did not enjoy that, that''s your own personal opinion.

As for the bad technology, you''re talking about the late 1980s. Give it some slack. You can''t expect something from 1986 to have the special effects of today. That''s not practical. I understand that many movies made during that time period had better special effects, but you''re talking about movies vs. serials. Serials need more resources, as they are laid out on a larger span of time. Ramanand Sagar did not have much resources, yet he made a serial that brought the country to a standstill. Which means that with excellent actors and an excellent storyline, special effects are not as important. People don''t care as along as the actors and storyline are good.

I too love BR Chopra''s Mahabharat, and agree that it was excellently taken, but I find it unfair to compare Ramayan and Mahabharat, even the serials, because both are derived from completely different epics, have completely different plots. The focus of Mahabharat is the Kur...

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Posted on: 11 March 2009 at 11:49am
My comments got cut off so Im continuing here:

You need finesse and artistic vision to modernize epics which only Intellectual Theatre has been able to do so far.

Lastly, I personally would prefer to watch more modern themed shows which reflect modern issues, problems, social injustices etc. than renewed versions of our great epics.
Because the new versions can never stand up to the reputation of their predecessors.


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Posted on: 11 March 2009 at 11:45am
@Lalithajanaki and Rajneesh_Kumar,

Of course I watched both shows 20 years ago when they were first telecast.
FYI, I am quite a senior member of this forum. Dont go by my ID, 25 is not my age but my birth number.
I remember those Sunday mornings very well when life would come to a standstill in the city because Mahabharata was on TV. I also remember my husband''s grandma telling me not to watch the Vanara Sena in Ramayana because I was expecting and she didnt want my child to look like a Vanara.
Anyways let me clarify a few things.
I still stand by my personal opinion that Sagar''s Ramayan was very boring. Each shot was lengthened unnecessarily by focusing on a single face for 5 minutes, dialogues were uttered at slowest speed, special effects during war scenes were ridiculous.
Chopra''s Mahabharat was much more interesting and exciting. It was more well-made with wonderful actors and better special effects. Also because MB is more dramatic epic than Ramayana.
These 2 versions of the epics were such great hits in those days because:
Firstly in those days we had only ONE TV channel, Doordarshan India, so everyone watched those epics without fail. Nowadays there are 25 channels with too much variety so no single show can make the city stand still, not even the best made epic.
FYI, I AM enjoying Sagar''s Shakuntala right now on Star One, which is also a tale from Mahabharata, actually the story of their ancestor, King Dushyant of Hastinapur. The Sagars are doing quite a good job with Shakuntala so far.

Secondly why make new TV versions of the same epic? People will always compare unfavorably to the original versions.
Ekta made a complete disaster of MB. I watched the first episode and then stopped watching. Epics cannot be modernized by Ekta or TV producers but only by intellectual Theatre. You need finesse and artistic vision to ...

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Posted on: 11 March 2009 at 9:26am
wow!! well said _lalithaJanaji_ :)

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Posted on: 11 March 2009 at 9:19am
I am not against other directors making mythologicals, because I really do love BR Chopra''s Mahabharat, but I''m wary of them until they prove themselves to be capable of making a good religious serial, because it seems to have become a fashion to bring modernity into religious serials, which is not acceptable.

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Posted on: 11 March 2009 at 9:17am
[email protected],

Dear, have you even watched Ramanand Sagar''s Ramayan? You seem to have forgotten that it brought India, a whole country, to a standstill for one hour! Can any of your modern trash bring a country to a standstill? I think not! Modern rubbish has no place in ancient Indian Epics, which is the central reason why Ekta''s mockery of a show did not become successful. When it comes to Mythological Serials, the Sagars are #1 for giving us such excellent shows as Ramayan (both old and new), Shri Krishna (old and new), Sai Baba, Ma Durga, etc.
Mark my words. Any director who makes an ancient Indian Mythological Show, but tries to bring modernity into it, his/her serial will not be remembered long (if it ever becomes famous), because the beauty of our epics lies in the devotion to God and the divinity of the characters. If that is missing because of your modernization, these so called mythological serials will never become famous, let alone hold a candle to such a serial as Ramayan by Ramanand Sagar. Do you know why it went into world records, received international awards from foreign countries, and brought a country to a standstill? Because of the divinity.

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Posted on: 11 March 2009 at 7:56am
@pallvi25- really ramanad sagar ramayan is boring and long-winded :-/. did you watched the show or giving ur criticism to the show which has written its name to the world record as most appreciated and watched show. your this boring show has not only recived many national and international award but also the landmark for ramanad sagar. well BR chopra mahabharat and ramanad sagar ramayan both are excellent in its own way. both has done justice to two great epic. and your new modern stories , can you explain on what basis its better to the two great epic??

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Posted on: 11 March 2009 at 7:01am
Agreed with hindu4lyf..this one must be better than kekta''s mahabharta...BUT seriously no one can Create Sagar''s Mahabharta Magic was just unspeechable

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