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Sunday, March 10, 2013

The making of a hero

Film: Arjun – The Warrior Prince
Director: Arnab Chaudhuri
Producers: Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur
Music: Vishal and Shekhar
Animation Production: Tata Elxsi
DVD price: Rs 115

While most versions of the Mahabharata's screen or stage adaptations tend to focus on how great an archer Arjun was, this film tells you about how a very talented young boy was thrown into a world of deceit and betrayal and went on to become the most powerful warrior of his time. The best part about the film are its characters. In a nation, where B R Chopra's version of Mahabharata is etched into the minds of its people, it would have been quite a difficult task to sketch characters that look different and are still accepted by the audience. Kudos to the team for doing just that! The other high point of the movie is its music. Vishal and Shekhar have come up with a track that's refreshing, upbeat and very, very Indian. The songs introduce characters and take the story forward, something mainstream Bollywood has failed to do, yet. So if you're into animated films or cartoons, Walt Disney and UTV's Arjun – The Warrior Prince could be your DVD pick this week.  

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