Aren't we all familiar with Ramayana? We must have heard the epic through our grandparents or watched it on TV or must have read about it. Umpteen films have also been made on this subject in the past. In fact, just last week, we saw the release of LAVA KUSA. So, debutante director Chetan Desai's RAMAYANA- THE EPIC had to be exceptionally good to be appealing. Is it worth it? Let's find out.
It's the story of Lord Rama, his birth, his marriage to Sita, exile from Ayodhya, Sita's abduction by Ravana and the battle between Rama and Ravana in Lanka.
Chetan Desai remains loyal to the epic, without tweaking it. His only twist is in showing ten Raavanas instead of ten heads. He's successful in creating an awe-inspiring environment through the world of animation. Rama's arrow scenes, piercing the skies or enemies, are spellbinding. Even the grand Ayodhya palace and Ravana's Lanka are simply superb! However, except for Ravana, all the other characters created aren't up to the mark and lack finesse. Jatayu looks very funny.
In the endeavor of making a supreme animation film, the story-telling has gone for a toss. The narrative is very hasty, especially in the second half. The emotional connect, which was established wonderfully in Yugo Sako's 2000 version, THE PRINCE OF LIGHT, is missing here. Perhaps, it's because of the absence of engaging dialogues. Even if you try hard, you just don't relate to the characters.
Editing by Sayed Sher Abbas is jerky to say the least. Shaarang Dev Pandit's music is average. Art director Pritam Chatterjee deserves special mention.
All the voice-overs are well suited. Manoj Bajpayee as Rama, Juhi Chawla as Sita and Ashutosh Rana as Ravana fit the bill perfectly.