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)
 Duryodhana (3 episodes, 1990)
Jean-Paul Denizon ...
 Nakula (3 episodes, 1990)
Mamadou Dioumé ...
 Bhima (3 episodes, 1990)
Miriam Goldschmidt ...
 Kunti (3 episodes, 1990)
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 ...
 Uttara (3 episodes, 1990)
Akram Khan ...
 Ekalavya (3 episodes, 1990)
 Karna (3 episodes, 1990)
 Bhisma (3 episodes, 1990)
Joseph Kurian ...
 Drishtadyumna (3 episodes, 1990)
 Shakuni (3 episodes, 1990)
Robert Langdon Lloyd ...
 Vyasa (3 episodes, 1990)
Clement Masdongar ...
 Gazelle (3 episodes, 1990)
Leela Mayor ...
 Satyavati (3 episodes, 1990)
 Arjuna (3 episodes, 1990)
Bruce Myers ...
 Ganesha / ... (3 episodes, 1990)
Yumi Nara ...
 Virata's wife (3 episodes, 1990)
Tamsir Niane ...
 Urvasi (3 episodes, 1990)
 Drona (3 episodes, 1990)
Hélène Patarot ...
 Gandhari (3 episodes, 1990)
Abbi Patrix ...
 Salvi (3 episodes, 1990)
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 ...
 Virata (3 episodes, 1990)
Antonin Stahly Viswanadhan ...
 The Boy (3 episodes, 1990)
Tapa Sudana ...
 Pandu / ... (3 episodes, 1990)
Mahmoud Tabrizi-Zadeh ...
 Sahadeva (3 episodes, 1990)
Myriam Tadesse ...
 Gandhari's servant (3 episodes, 1990)
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 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 (

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Release Date:

15 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il mahabharata  »

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$334,077 (USA)

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Duryodhana: A man says: I have enough to eat and wear. I need nothing more! Shame! He says: I don't know anger! Shame! I am like a dried up stream, like a wooden elephant. All because my father was born blind, because one does not give a throne to a blind man.
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A Story About Life
3 February 2002 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Adapted from the great Indian Epic, The Mahabharata from Peter Brook is a true masterpiece. Not only is the story carefully worked out (remember that the Mahabharat actually consist of many different stories together, each about a specific theme of life), but also the characters are superbly cast. It looks like actually they ARE the characters they are playing. Because you can recognize each of the characters within yourself it is difficult to play just that aspect without having an overlap with other characters. The atmosphere which is created is done in a simple manner, without special effects. Although you can feel while watching it is played inside, the intimate setting gives you the feeling of actually looking into the hearts of the players/characters. Each player got the freedom to express the character according to there own cultural background which gives it the extra dimension to recognize these characters in our daily life and within yourself. It is romantic as well as philosophical, full of depth that even watching the great epic (it takes over 6 hours!!!) for the fourth time it feels like a wonderful journey and a meditation at the same time.

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