Review: Kahani Hamare Mahabharat Ki

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Rating : 2 Stars out of 5

"6 Pack Mahabharata" "Hi-Tech Mahabharat" Yes i am taking about Ekta Kapoor's "Kahani Hamare Mahabharat Ki"
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Anita Hansandani as draupadi, Ronit Roy as, Aryan Vaid as Duryodhana, Jatin Shah as Sahadev, Kiran Karmarkar as King Shantanu, Shashi Tanwar as Ganga and others like Rakshanda Khan, Chetan Hansraj, Makarand Deshpande and main character Krishan Ekta still hunting i think.

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Ohh i am i forgot to tell you, this is not a movie review but the review of a television serial on the epic Mahabharat by Ekta Kapoor.
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We all eagerly looking foward to Ekta Kapoor’s version of Mahabharath titled Kahani Hamare Mahabharat Ki expecting something not just bigger than the previous Mahabharat by B.R. Chopra, but a better product overall. Very high expectations, i know!
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But finally Episode 1 really dispointed alot to all the viewer. Lets see how the TRP will provide the rartings
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Here the Review:
1. Pandavas were more like robots than real human beings.
2. Duryodhana, played by Aryan Vaid, has a scorpion tattoo on his arm. Draupadi has a star kind of a tattoo on her chest.

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3. This is six-pack Mahabharata. Chiseled bodies who have all arrived from the gym & Aryan Vaid too has been miscast. His voice, demeanour not leaving any mark.
4. It looked like a normal Ekta Kapoor’s Saas Bahu serial!

5. Anita Hansandani as draupadi, one of the most important characters in Mahabharat, was horrible. Dialogue delivery was the biggest flaw. She shrieked at the top of her voice, cried like she does in all those saas bahu series and in comparison to Rupa Ganguly, failed miserably.
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6. The camera was rolling all over the faces from every angle possible, a lot of thundering, lightening and noise. The characters from whatever little we got to see of them, just didnt look the character, they looked like models with a perfectly toned body in a costume drama for a historical.

7. Shakuni is bald, he was pretty good although his laughter was sometimes annoying.
8. Costumes were not good. They were dressed more like Greek gods rather than Indian mythological. That to done by Bollywood Top desiger Manish Malhotra.
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9. The sets were bad.
10. Manly none of the Kauravas – King Dhritarashtra, Elder Beeshma, Guru Drona, Kripa and mainly Krishna..none of them were shown during the disrobing of Draupadi!
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Historic "Mahabharat" directed by B.R. Chopra and Ravi Chopra. The epic was aired every sunday morning, for 2 years between 1988 - 1990. The great thing about it was every character seemed to be born to play their role. Mukesh Khanna was brilliant as Bheeshma, when you think of Lord Krishna the picture of Nitish Bhardwaj in those costumes still comes to mind. Every other character right from Duryodhan (Puneet Issar), Arjun (Arjun), Shakuni (Gufi Paintal), Bhim (Praveen Kumar), Dhritrashtra (Girja Shankar), Draupadi (Rupa Ganguly), Karna (Pankaj Dheer), Yudhistir, Nakul, Sahadev and even Drona were just perfect for their roles. Its like you cant imagine anyone else in those legendary roles.
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So it was an uphill task for Ekta Kapoor right from the day she decided to remake the epic. After the first episode that was telecasted last night on 9X at 9 PM, i was sorely disappointed. To start off it wasnt realistic, atleast Ekta Kapoor should have had a look at Jodhaa Akbar, a costume drama which was presented in a very realistic way by Ashutosh Gowariker. Maybe its too early to judge them, time will tell. The costumes except for Duryodhan’s was pretty good. Overall, after one episode it has been a major disappointment. Hopefully Ekta Kapoor can make it more realistic and Anita can improve her performance! Will keep updating this post, who knows the characters might grow on me and my opinion might change.

Ekta Kapoor’s Kahani Hamaray Mahabharat Ki is aired every Monday to Thursday from 9 to 9:30 PM Indian Standard Time on 9X.

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