The Indian epic Mahabharata is now being given a new treatment by the Kannada film industry, in the form of Kurukshetra. The 10th century poem Gadayuddha in Kannada, gives a perspective of the epic from Duryodhana’s point of view.
Kurukshetra, directed by Naganna, has a great star cast, including Kannada superstars Darshan, late Ambareesh, V. Ravi Chandran, Sneha et al. This movie will be released in Telugu as Kurukshetram.
We examine five chief reasons to watch the movie.
Late actor-politician Ambareesh, who passed away recently, acted in his swansong in this epic, appraising the role of the grand sire of Mahabharata, Bheeshma. The very fact Ambareesh is a part of the movie makes this movie an emotional experience.
The great actress Sneha, who has been selective about her roles in recent times, will be seen in the most pivotal woman role in this epic. She plays the role of Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas. Sneha will be only the fourth actress after the legendary actresses Savitri, Vanisri and ‘Urvashi’ Sharada, to play this role.
- Sonu Sood
The most interesting choice of this movie is easily the role of Arjuna, played by a South regular, Sonu Sood. Sonu is playing a mythological role for the first time in his career. It will be interesting to see the man, who usually plays an anti hero, don the role of the most important character of the Mahabharata war.
- V. Ravi Chandran
Veteran Kannada actor Ravi Chandran, who was a heartthrob of many in his heydays, now is ready to enthrall his fans in the role of Lord Krishna. He is the second actor, after the great thespian Dr. Rajkumar, to play the role of Krishna in Kannada cinema. He is one more reason to watch the movie.
- The perspective
As mentioned earlier, the film and the perspective from which it is presented also makes the movie an interesting watch. This version of the Mahabharata is narrated from the point of view of Duryodhana, the Kuru emperor. It becomes one more interesting factor for people to watch Kurukshetram.
Come August 9th, Kurukshetram will be ready to entertain the current generation of cinegoers.