Binge watch these films that feature stories from Indian mythology.
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In a landmark moment in independent India’s history, the Ram temple was inaugurated on the 22nd of January. Today’s List Hai Toh Hit Hai podcast will explore films that feature stories from Indian mythology.
Adipurush - Netflix, Prime Video
The first one on this list is the 2023 Om Raut film Adipurush. Despite featuring a star-studded ensemble of Prabhas, Kriti Sanon, and Saif Ali Khan among others, based on the epic Ramayana, the film was panned universally. The poorly-written dialogues, amateurish visual effects, and questionable creative choices contributed to the film's colossal failure. However, if you are in the mood for a guilty-pleasure cringe-watch then Adipurush is the perfect pick.
Brahmastra Part One Shiva - Disney+ Hotstar
The 2022 film Brahmastra Part One Shiva, might not have received critical acclaim upon its release, but the film was a commercial success. It became the one of most successful Hindi films after the COVID pandemic. The fantasy action-adventure film directed by Ayan Mukerji has taken inspiration from Indian mythologies to deliver a new story. The film boasts an impressive cast that includes Ranbir Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, Mouni Roy, and Nagarjuna Akkineni in prominent roles, with Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in cameo roles.
Kantara - Netflix, Prime Video
The third film on this list is the 2022 Kannada film, Kantara. Directed by Rishabh Shetty, the film garnered universal acclaim and became the second highest-grossing Kannada film of all time, behind KGF: Chapter 2. The narrative is loosely based on mythological stories, with Shetty also playing the lead in a double role. The plot follows a young tribal man who taps into the mysterious traditions of his ancestors on his quest to seek vengeance.
Return of Hanuman - Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar
The 2007 animated film Return of Hanuman tells the story of Lord Hanuman, who strikes a deal with the Gods to be reborn on Earth as a human. However, when evil asuras threaten to disrupt the peace on the planet, only Hanuman has the will to stop them. The film features surprisingly slick animation and a heartwarming story, and it is directed by Anurag Kashyap.
Sri Rama Rajyam - OTTplay Premium, Netflix, Prime Video, JioCinema
Directed by Bapu, the 2011 Telugu film Sri Rama Rajyam stars Nandamuri Balakrishna, Nayanthara, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, and Srikanth in prominent roles. The plot revolves around Ram and Sita’s children Lava and Kusha who embark on a journey to preach Ramayana in Ayodhya. Nayanthara stars as Sita, Nandamuri Balakrishna portrays the role of Lord Ram, while Akkineni Nageswara Rao plays Valmiki.
Karnan (1964) - Prime Video
The final film on this list is the 1964 Tamil classic, Karnan. The film is directed by B. R. Panthulu and the film stars Tamil legend Shivaji Ganesan in the titular role. The film tells the story of Karna, the character from the epic Mahābhārata, who is in the dark about his ancestry and unwittingly goes to battle against his brothers. N. T. Rama Rao, Savitri Ganesh, and Devika essay other prominent roles in the film. The film was lauded for its gripping storytelling, performances, and art direction.
Well that's all we got for this episode of List hai toh hit hai, until the next one it's your host Nikhil signing out.
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Written by Ryan Gomez