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Arjun: The Warrior Prince review: A visual treat!

Arjun: The Warrior Prince review: A visual treat!

Source: Sify

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Monday 28 May 2012

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Movie Title

Arjun: The Warrior Prince

Director

Arnab Chaudhuri

Star Cast

Yuddvir Bakolia, Anjan Srivastav, Sachin Khedekar, Ila Arun, Vishnu Sharma

Indian animation has sadly not traversed beyond mythology. And one wonders whether Indian mythology, with violence ingrained in each chapter, is the apt topic for a children?s movie.

Kids like superheroes, and Arjun is definitely portrayed as one. The film focuses on him as he goes through life, transforming as a person, growing up, coming of age. His valiant journey from being Dronacharya?s shishya to a warrior prince who arrives on the battle-field against an army. It has all the ingredients of a great story?injustice, cunning, and heroism. The film, however, ends just before the Kurukshetra war.

That is indeed interesting, as any other director would have focused on the epic war. Instead, the film chooses to focus on Arjun?and his metamorphosis into the warrior prince just before the war.

The visuals are stunning ? the animation definitely raises the bar for Indian animation. There are spectacularly stylized scenes like Arjun shooting an arrow at a golden fish to win Draupadi?s hand. Even the Chakravyuh scene is a visual spectacle.

However, the characters remain the same one-dimensional sort you?ve seen in other animations. One wishes the director had put in as much thought in forming multi-dimensional characters, as he had in making the film visually appealing.

As for the little members of the audience, there are some inappropriate scenes like headless bodies, during the war. Thankfully the Draupadi portion has been truncated and we don?t see the ?cheer haran? scene. A wise move. In fact Arjun?s director Arnab Chaudhuri has been quoted as saying that his animation film is not a children?s movie. But it?s vacation time, and when one looks around the sea of children in the theatre, some as young as four, you do tend to worry.

The film is ideal for slightly older children who will revel in the beautiful visuals, and won?t be affected by the few moments of gory violence. And Mahabharata remains a tale that?s at once startling and fascinating. The film is certainly a leap forward for its quality animation, which we are yet to see in Indian films, but not so much the storytelling. Still, we recommend the film for the stunning animation and visual spectacle.

Rating: 3 stars

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