I am a 90s kid. I grew up at a time when there were no mobiles, no internet, and no web series. The only mode of entertainment, apart from childhood games of course, was the TV. And that too telecasted only a couple of Doordarshan channels for many years. But hey, who’s complaining? Although limited, the shows which DD channels aired were an integral part of our childhood. And among them, Mahabharata was my favourite – rather everyone’s favourite!
Producer BR Chopra did a fantastic job. He brought the entire family together in front of the TV set, every Sunday. Mahabharata not only generated interest among the elders, but also taught us, children a lot about the mythological epic. The show’s script was based on the original story by Veda Vyasa. Women wore beautiful dresses with jewellery, and men rode chariots driven by horses in heavy body armours. The screenplay was simple with minimal music and yet some of the scenes made our eyes go wide. I still remember the visually stunning scenes of the Kurukshetra war. The show was phenomenal, to say the least.
It was the best job of special effects in those days. Here came a war scene and I just wouldn’t budge from the front of our TV screen. Today, the special effects would seem outdated, and rightly so. But back then, they were sufficient to convey the message effectively. And isn’t that what is more important? No wonder this series was a favourite of both children and grown-ups alike!
If today’s generation knows the Mahabharata, it is mainly because of this incredible show. It is because of BR Chopra and his team’s dedication in bringing the story to every household. It is because of the hard work of the cast who carried out their roles flawlessly. We may have forgotten certain episodes, but we do remember the essence of this epic. We know the life lessons it has taught us. It is something we would carry with us forever and would love to pass on to the next generations. Mahabharata will certainly be a great learning for the millennials too!