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The Mahabharata 

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Mini-Series (1989– )
Jealousy and hatred is what separates the Pandava and Kaurava. The Kaurava fear the Pandava are after the throne of their father. Yudhishthira of the Pandava gets told by the deity Krishna that he will become king. A war is inevitable.

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Series cast summary:
 Hidimbi / ... 3 episodes, 1990
 Kitchaka 3 episodes, 1990
Amba Bihler ...
 Virata's daughter 3 episodes, 1990
Lou Bihler ...
 Young Karna 3 episodes, 1990
Urs Bihler ...
 Dushassana 3 episodes, 1990
Ryszard Cieslak ...
 Dhritharashtra 3 episodes, 1990
Jean-Paul Denizon ...
Mamadou Dioumé ...
Miriam Goldschmidt ...
Hapsari Hardjito ...
 Abhimanyu's wife 3 episodes, 1990
Nolan Hemmings ...
 Abhimanyu 3 episodes, 1990
Ken Higelin ...
 Deathless boy 3 episodes, 1990
 Ashwattaman 3 episodes, 1990
Gisèle Hogard ...
 1st princess 3 episodes, 1990
Corinne Jaber ...
 Amba / ... 3 episodes, 1990
Lutfi Jakfar ...
Akram Khan ...
 Ekalavya 3 episodes, 1990
Joseph Kurian ...
 Drishtadyumna 3 episodes, 1990
Robert Langdon Lloyd ...
Clement Masdongar ...
Leela Mayor ...
 Satyavati 3 episodes, 1990
Bruce Myers ...
Yumi Nara ...
 Virata's wife 3 episodes, 1990
Tamsir Niane ...
Hélène Patarot ...
 Gandhari 3 episodes, 1990
Abbi Patrix ...
Julie Romanus ...
 2nd princess 3 episodes, 1990
Bakary Sangaré ...
 Ghatotkatcha / ... 3 episodes, 1990
Mallika Sarabhai ...
 Draupadi 3 episodes, 1990
 Yudhishthira 3 episodes, 1990
Mas Soegeng ...
Antonin Stahly Viswanadhan ...
Tapa Sudana ...
 Pandu / ... 3 episodes, 1990
Mahmoud Tabrizi-Zadeh ...
 Sahadeva 3 episodes, 1990
Myriam Tadesse ...
 Gandhari's servant 3 episodes, 1990
Velu Vishwananan ...
 The hermit 3 episodes, 1990


In ancient India the five Pandava brothers, Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva, are cousins of the sons of king Dhritharashtra, known as the Kaurava. The five are the sons of the wives of king Pandu, who seceded in favor of his blind brother after he was cursed. The men are raised together, but from the beginning there are difficulties. They are prone to fight and when Arjuna becomes a great archer, the Kaurava are both jealous and afraid. Is it the kingdom the Pandava are after? Yudhishthira, the eldest of the Pandava, strives after it as he is told by the deity Krishna that he will become king. The hatred and jealousy of the Kaurava grows even stronger when the Pandava turn a barren wasteland Dhritharashtra gave them into a great court. This can't go on forever. Inevitably a war will follow, a war that will shake the foundations of the Earth. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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15 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il mahabharata  »


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Duryodhana: Stay in this unhappy world, I am going to another world . Who is happier than I? I reigned on earth. I was just. I laughed. I sang. I loved my friends and wives. I protected my servants. I held out my hand to the afflicted. I knew all of human joys.
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Highly stylized epic for the mind and soul
30 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

This production of the epic Indian poem describes the war between the Pandava and Kaurava, opposing branches of the same family. The 5 brothers of the Pandava driven by light, the Kaurava driven by darkness, though they both exists somewhere in the grey area between good and evil. This enforces the point that they are one in the same. Before the final battle, Krishna shares with Arjuna the knowledge of the Bhagavad-Gita, the Hindu equivalent of the Bible. Brooks does a fantastic job - the minimalist sets focus the attention on the players, and the multinational cast make this production a lesson for all of humanity, not just Hindus. It is more in the style of a play than a movie, which makes it more enjoyable artistically. The 6 hour full-length version seems daunting, but it is all well worth it.

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