The Mahabharata

The Mahabharata

The Indian epic tale about all humanity is centred on two families who are the offspring of kings and gods: the good Pandavas and the bad Kauravas. 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.

The plot is framed as a narrative between the Brahmin sage Vyasa and the Hindu deity Ganesha, and directed towards an unnamed Indian boy who comes to him inquiring about the story of the human race.

The Mahabhrata is the result of eight years work, originally developed by Brook as a nine-hour performance piece that toured the world for four years it was reduced to three hours for his film adaptation.

 

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The Mahabharata

  • Director: Peter Brook
  • Year: 1989
  • Run Time: 180 mins + interval and introduction
  • Country: Belgium/ Australia/ US
  • Rating: PG