|DVD Ramayana: The Epic
Director: Chetan Desai
Writers: Chetan Desai, Riturraj Tripathii
Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Juhi Chawla, Ashutosh Rana
Ramayana is the most popular Indian story ever told. Long Long Ago, in Ancient India… Rama, the prince of Ayodhya is the eldest son of King Dasrath, dark and handsome, a great warrior and epitome of all virtues. Rama is the original Indian super hero and fights an epic battle of good over evil with an amazing demonstration of heroism. Written by Anonymous
Release Date: 15 October 2010 (India)
Ramayana-the epic is quite vibrant and colorful movie.Yes,we know the story.We know it better than our first nursery rhyme.But ,this is not what you will go to watch the movie for.Keep in mind that you are there for an animation movie,for which the industry is still preparing.
This movie has got effects better than the earlier animation movies produced by the industry.It reveals the very class that we will be showing in next few years.Many effects in this movie are quite spectacle and funny as well.The Ravana's palace,the sea,the battle and many other things say it loudly that a lot of effort was put up for this movie.
Packing such a huge epic in just 104 minutes is really a tough task,but luckily the director did it very well.I will say that this movie is a must watch if you appreciate bollywood a little.This movie is really nice.
rating – 8.5/10
We admire foreign animation movies based on their mythological characters but criticize ours own by saying that the topic is common.
This is the best animation film based on Indian epic till now. The whole Ramayana was described in just 1 hour and 37 minutes. Dialouges were written wisely. Animation is the best as per Indian standard. Characters are created precisely. The war part is not that brief. The story may be common but the way it is presented is really good. Every time I see it, I feel as if I am watching it afresh. Good movie to teach your child "The Ramayana".
I would appreciate if more such movie will be produces in future.
One of the best movie in 3D animation I ever watch. Superb Texturing, Superb VFX, Superb Modeling Of character Ravan & other Also. Special Effect r used in very very good manner. Monkey Model's Animation have Done Very Very Good, specially the Monkey Song "Jangal Ke Raja Hum Hai". Congratulation for the group member's who done great work on this Movie which became memorable history in Indian animated world.
Ramayana The Epic is a faithful but dreary retelling of one of our favourite and most familiar stories. Since almost everyone in a theater knows the plot, the pleasure in this animated version can only come from the telling of the tale.
Debutant director Chetan Desai gives us impressive visuals, grand battles and perhaps India's first Lord Ram with six-pack abs. But the plodding screenplay undermines these efforts. Ramayana The Epic doesn't soar enough or arouse the requisite shock and awe.
Thankfully, the animation here is more sophisticated than the average mythological such as Bal Ganesh or Ghatothkach.
Desai and his team of 400 animators have created a richly detailed world so Ravan is always clad in various layers of gold Armour and lives in a golden fortress perched on the peak of a mountain.
There's also a ferociously etched battle between Bali and Sugreev who try to trump one another in pouring rain. But despite the arduous labour that has so obviously gone into making the film, the characters don't come alive.
Manoj Bajpai voices Ram, Juhi Chawla voice Sita and Ashutosh Rana voices Ravan but none of these fine actors manage to imbue the drawings with any personality.
Poor Ravan, like any age-old Hindi movie villain, is either snarling or laughing. Desai tries to pack as much of the sprawling epic as he can into a 104-minute film. So, the narrative feels episodic, almost like a best of Ramayana, rather than organic. I also wondered why a film aimed at children needed to have severed heads and why the eyebrows of every character, especially the wicked Manthara, seemed to have a life of their own.
Ramayana is an ambitious step toward better homegrown cinema for children. I just wish it had more crackle. I'm going with two and a half stars.
I wanted to watch this movie so I could know a little about this story that I was curious about and afterwards I wished I hadn't, because this is a movie that couldn't instill religious appreciation in even a child. Even by the standards of children's fare it doesn't measure up. He-Man is a more relatable character than Ram, who is essentially a robot of virtue, who overcomes adversity while exerting no effort, ably defeating dastardly villains who pose no real threat and are actually rather pathetic, and we are supposed to cheer him on when the outcome is without doubt. Part of the problem is the CG animation, which it seems they spent the whole budget on some impressive backgrounds, while the characters' faces look like dolls. Dolls don't make good substitutes for actors because they can't emote. The other part of the problem is that it is written as an action movie squeezing out any content that could have a serious religious or educational value. The film built up to a war that seemed to last ten minutes, then a climactic battle between Ram and the demon king, wherein all Ram had to do was aim an arrow at his weak point, and they hyped that ending as much as they could to make it look difficult when Ram could have done that with his eyes closed.