Here are some good religious videos - TV Serials ---
By Ramanad Sagar.
2. Mahabharat TV Serial (1988-1990)
Presented by BR Chopra. Its 94 weekly episodes ran from Oct 2, 1988 to
Jun 24, 1990. This can be seen on
Sanjay Khan's Mahabharat-1 (2001)
This Mahaabhaarat is again a TV serial, is in 40 episodes, each about 45 minutes
long, and is ripped in 14 DVDs in 2001.
People's Review - bad acting, bad dialog and worse special effects. The special
effects look so low quality Cgi that it looks like a Prince of Persia video
game. The war sequences are worse. The sky remains yellow and the background
(with standing soldiers) looks like (and probably is) a oil painting. The
director didn't follow the real Source of the story also. Major characters were
omitted and the story modified at will. The terrible acting/overacting by the
actors made matters worse. Bheeshm's overacting was intolerable. Karn wore a
permanent wooden expression. Duryodhan, Yudhishthir et al were also insufferable.
Krishn carried a flute always for no apparent reason (He used it in his youth
only when he was a cowherd) The ladies do not age here. Gaandhaaree, Kuntee
look very young even when at the time of the war. (They were supposed to be
over 100 yrs old).
The dialog was also bad. Part of it was copied from the BR Chopra version.
Except it was delivered in a worse way (slow and laborious) Also Balaraam
calling the fight between Bheem and Duryadhan - "the last fight of
Mahaabhaarat" is funny. (Balaraam of course didn't know that Ved Vyaas
was going to call this story Mahaabhaarat!)
All in all this is a terrible mess. The director should take a course on film
direction ASAP. And the actors should go back to acting school. Also an apology
to all Indians in is order - for insulting the great epic in this manner.
3. Mahabharat Katha
Presented by BR Chopra. These Mahaabhaarat episodes are from a leftover story of
Mahaabhaarat. Although this story is not given in Vyaas' Mahaabhaarat, but this
story has been built up from
Skand Puraan, Maaheshwar Khand, story of Barbareek. Most artists are the same
as from the old Mahabharat TV serial given above as Item No 2, except Krishn. He
is missed by everyone. Krishn's part is played by Rishabh Shukla who played the
part of Shaantanu in the old presentation. Dialogs are a little childish, sets and
dresses are also of a little brighter color, both of which when compared looks a
little apparently odd. From the viewpoint of Barabareek. About 40 episodes
Shree Brahma Vishnu Mahesh
Produced by Ramanad Sagar. Based on many Puraan etc. Mostly Pauraanik
5. Upanishad Gangaa
Stories from Upanishad - Ashtaavakra, Vaalmeeki etc.