Myths & icons are part of every culture – be it Santa Claus or Hanuman… I found it interesting that two major releases in India this month are based on the oldest epics of the country –
Rajneeti ( a take on Mahabharat) and Raavan (a spin on Ramayan).
The posters dont say it, nor do the trailers point it out but it is on the mind of every viewer who is connecting the dots while watching the film. After all, these are stories that lie somewhere between mythology and history in the conscience of the common man- and therefore the filmmaker’s interpretation would need to refresh and yet reinforce.
Both the filmmakers Prakash Jha and Mani Ratnam have their distinct voices and looks like there will be plenty to talk about! Kavalam Narayana Panikkar Sir once defined it for me -“the beauty of a myth is that it is relevant in all times”. Let’s hope we can say that after watching these films.