KRRISH-3 and DHOOM-3, larger than life films both, catered to a big chunk of kids and kids at heart. Nonetheless, there's no denying that there's a genuine dearth of movies that will enable the kid in you to come to the forefront. The animation film MAHABHARAT fills that void!
Made on a lavish budget, MAHABHARAT is not exactly a kiddie fare, but with the advent of vacations, it will surely serve as a treat for the kids. Even though the grand epic has seen innumerable versions over the years, this is probably the first time it has got its animated avatar on the silver screen. However, one has to accept and live with the fact that the animation industry in India is still in its infant stages and that we still have a long way to go.
The USP of MAHABHARAT is that the characters in the film bear a strong resemblance to the actors lending them their voices. The film should work for two more reasons: the riveting story and the superior quality animation [a handful of scenes notwithstanding]. Besides, minute detailing has gone into the costumes, effects and the overall look. The one flaw that stands out is the lip sync of the characters with the voiceovers, which seems to go out of place in a few sequences.
Brownie points to the superlative climax and the way it has been presented. A special mention goes to the scene which shows the Pandavas crossing the bridge as a part of vanvaas and the underwater fight sequence. While the songs of the film are nothing exceptional, it's the background music that takes the cake. Having said that, one does feel that a lot more could have been done with the film's technicalities, considering that the makers have really spent a lot.
On the whole, with the only competitor being DHOOM-3, MAHABHARAT seems to be a good bet keeping in mind that it's being released during the festive time of the year, coinciding with the vacations.