It has always been said since time immemorial that script is the backbone of any good and successful film. In fact ninety percent of the films that fail are due to a poor or shoddy script. While some makers like Vishal Bhardwaj and Ashutosh Gowariker usually have a water tight script some of the other well known makers like Priyadarshan, Mani Ratnam and Prakash Jha are now taking inspiration from the best scripts out there-The epics!
The trend of epics and mythology inspiring Hindi films is quite ancient and in recent times it was Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment's BILLU (which was a take off on the highly popular Krishna-Sudama saga) hit the screens, there have been quite a few more.
Co-incidentally two huge star studded films that are all set to release in May and June, RAAVAN and RAAJNEETI, are said to be inspired by the two biggest epics of Hindu mythology. While RAAVAN is loosely based on RAMAYANA with Abhsishek essaying the title role, Prakash Jha's highly charged political drama RAAJNEETI is said to be heavily inspired by MAHABHARATA. Though in both the cases, the story ideas have been borrowed from the epics but there have been changes to suit the script and characters added and deleted as per the demand of the screenplay.
There is no doubt that Ramayana and Mahabharata remain the two most well read and engrossing mythological tales of India and are the epicenter of the faith and devotion of the people and films based on them would certainly be an added advantage of providing good entertainment with positive messages.