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Whom would you cast if you were to make movie on Mahabharata in Hollywood/Indian cinema?

Posted by Hemprasad Y. Badgujar on May 30, 2013


Dronacharya (Sanskrit: द्रोणाचार्य, droṇācārya)
[ Liam Neeson ]
He was the royal guru to Kauravas and Pandavas. He was a master of advanced military arts, including the Devāstras. It was not possible to defeat Droṇācārya when he had bow and arrow in his hands!

Arjuna (Sanskrit: अर्जुन,  ɐrˈɟunɐ)
[ Christian Bale ]
Arjuna, considered the finest archer and a peerless warrior by many notable figures in the Mahabharata such as Bhishma, Drona, Krishna, Vidura, Sage Naradha and Dhiritharashtra, played a key role in ensuring the defeat of the Kauravas in theKurukshetra War. He is the only undefeated hero in the Mahabharata. Dronacharya(Liam Neeson)’s favorite student.

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in Batman: Begins

Vidura (Sanskrit: विदुर, Vidura)
[ Michael Caine ]
Vidura was most respected as an advisor by the Pandavas whom he forewarned on various occasions of Duryodhana’s plots to exterminate them, such asDuryodhana‘s plan to burn them alive in the Lakshagraha or “House of Lac“. He was known for his statecraft and wisdom. Vidura is held to be a paragon of truth, dutifulness, impartial judgement and steadfast dharma. He is considered the embodiment of the inner consciousness of the Mahabharata.

Michael Caine as Alfred in Batman

Krishna (Sanskrit: कृष्ण, Kṛṣṇa)
[ Morgan Freeman ]
Based on his name, Krishna is often depicted in murtis as black or blue-skinned. Krishna is central to many of the main stories of the epic. The eighteen chapters of the sixth book (Bhishma Parva) of the epic that constitute the Bhagavad Gitacontain the advice of Krishna to the warrior-hero Arjuna, on the battlefield. Krishna had a profound effect on the Mahabharata war and its consequences. He considered the Kurukshetra war as a last resort by voluntarily making himself as a messenger in order to establish peace between the Pandavas and Kauravas. But, once these peace negotiations failed and was embarked into the war, then he became a clever strategist.

Morgan Freeman as God in Bruce Almighty

Bheeshma (Sanskrit: भीष्म)
[ Ian Mckellen ]
Bhishma is the one who witnessed the Mahābhārata completely from the beginning since the rule of Shantanu. In the great battle at Kurukshetra, Bhishma was the supreme commander of the Kaurava forces for ten days compared to Drona’s five, Karna’s two and Salya’s one-the last day. He fought reluctantly on the side of the Kauravas; nevertheless, he gave it his best effort. At one stageArjuna‘s disinclination to fight him, nearly made Krishna break his vow not to raise a weapon in the war. Not even Arjuna was able to defeat Bhishma because in addition to being a peerless warrior he was blessed with choosing the moment of his death.Bhishma was the strongest barrier that had protected the Kaurava camp from impending defeat.

Ian Mckellen as Gandalf, The White in Lord of the Rings

Indra (Sanskrit: इन्द्र)
[ Robert Downey Jr ]
Indra is the king of the gods and ruler of the heavens. He is the god of thunder and rain and a great warrior, a symbol of courage and strength. Indra wields a lightning thunderbolt known as vajra. He leads the Deva (the gods who form and maintainHeaven) and the elements, such as Agni (Fire), Varuna (Water) and Surya(Sun), and constantly wages war against the opponents of the gods, the demon-likeAsuras. As the god of war, he is also regarded as one of the Guardians of the directions, representing the east. Indra is also known to be a womanizer and is remarked as a trickster in many occasions.

Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in Iron Man

Shakuni (Sanskrit: शकुनि)
[ Ben Kingsley ]
He was the prince of Gandhara and one of the main villains in the Hindu epicMahabharata. He was the brother of Gandhari and hence Duryodhana‘s maternal uncle. He is believed to be an extremely intelligent but devious man. Shakuni is often credited as the mastermind behind the Mahabharata war.

Ben Kingsley as Nizam in Price of Persia

Yudhisthira (Sanskrit: युधिष्ठिर, yudhiṣṭhira)
[ Tom Hanks ]
Yudhisthira’s true prowess was shown in his unflinching adherence to Satya(truth) and Dharma(righteousness to fulfill one’s moral duty), which were more precious to him than royal ambitions, material pursuits and family relations.

Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump

Bhima (Sanskrit: भीम, Bhīma)
[ Arnold Schwarzenegger ]
One of the central reasons behind the envy of Duryodhana towards the Pandavas was the inability of Kauravas to match Bhima’s strength. Eventually Bhima is responsible for slaying all hundred Kaurava brothers in the Kurukshetra War. Bhima slew Dushasana, the Kaurava most responsible for undressing Draupadi. On the final day of the battle, Bhima fought Duryodana and he struck both his thighs with his mace. Thus, he fulfilled the vow he took during Draupadi’s undressing.

Arnold Schwarzenegger as Terminator in Terminator 3

Duryodhana (Sanskrit: दुर्योधन)
[ Russel Crowe ]
Emperor of Bharatvarsha. Duryodhana’s body is said to be made out of lightning, and he is extremely strong, second only to Bhima. He is revered by his younger brothers, especially Dushasana. Learning martial skills from his gurus, Kripaand Drona, he proved to be extremely skilled with the mace. He then went to specialize inmace fighting under Balarama and went on to become his favourite pupil. With the mace he was equal to the much stronger Bhima. He is one of the heavily mis-understood characters of Mahabharat. When Karna is killed in the war, Duryodhana mourns his death intensely, even more than the death of his brothers. He accorded Karna, a place among the royals, by crowning him the King of Anga and standing by him when people pointed a finger at his lower-birth. A true Kshatriya(Warrior) – who choose to face Bhima in combat over all the other Pandavas, whom he could have easily defeated in war. In the end, as Duryodhana is about to die, he looks at Krishna malevolently. “I have been a good king,” he says. “I have conducted myself as a Kshatriya should and have come by death in battle. I’ll die and attain heaven, but you will live in grief and sorrow.” He fell back and flowers rained from the heavens to drop gently on his pain-wracked body.

Russel Crowe as Maximus in Gladiator

Karna (Sanskrit: कर्ण)
[ Brad Pitt ]
Karna was one of the greatest warriors whose martial exploits are recorded in the Mahābhārata, an admiration expressed by Krishnaand Bhishma within the body of this work. He was said to be born with a natural armor with power of Surya deva (Sun God). Karna was the closest friend of Duryodhana and fought on his behalf against the Pandavas (his brothers) in the famous Kurukshetra war. Karna fought against misfortune throughout his life and kept his word under all circumstances. Many admire him for his courage and generosity. Many believe that he was the greatest warrior of Mahabharata since he was only able to be defeated by Arjuna along with a combination of 3 curses, Indra’s efforts and Kunti’s request.

Brad Pitt as Achilles in Troy

Draupadi (Sanskrit: द्रौपदी)
[ Vidya Balan ]
Draupadi was a multifaceted personality: she could be fiery and angry when the situation called for it, but she still had a compassionate nature. She encouraged people to face life with the same inner strength that she did.

Vidya Blan as Silk in The Dirty Picture

Nakula (Sanskrit: नकुल)
[ Orlando Bloom ]
Nakula was known to be the most handsome person in the Kuru lineage. In his childhood, along with the other Pandava brothers, Nakula mastered his skills in archery under his father Pandu and a hermit named Suka at the Satasringa ashram. Especially, Nakula turned out to be an accomplished wielder of the sword. Expert in Herbology, Astronomy and Horse Keeping.

Orlando Bloom as Legolas in Lord of the Rings

Sahadeva (Sanskrit: सहदेव, sahadéva)
[ Andrew Garfield ]
Like Nakula, Sahadeva’s core skill lay in the wielding of the sword. Sahadeva is said to be mild-mannered, bashful and virtuous. Expert in astronomy.

Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in The Amazing Spiderman

Narada (Sanskrit: नारद, nārada)
[ Johnny Depp ]
Narada is portrayed as a travelling monk with the ability to visit distant worlds or planets (lokas in Sanskrit). He is often described as a mischievous character, though his intentions are always good at heart.

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean

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One Response to “Whom would you cast if you were to make movie on Mahabharata in Hollywood/Indian cinema?”

  1. shrikant said

    good one

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