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|Directed by||Bhavik Thakore|
|Produced by||Vimal Shah|
|Written by||Hriday Lani|
|Narrated by||Shatrughan Sinha|
|Music by||Anand Kurhekar|
|Box office||Rs. 7,442,635 (end of 4 weeks)|
The film is produced by Vimal Shah under the banner of Phoebus Media. It is directed by Bhavik Thakore. Music is by Anand Kurhekar with lyrics by Sandeep Khare. The movie centers on the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu as seen by two children. Dashavatar was released in cinemas in India on 13 June 2008.
The concept of Dashavatara (Ten Avatars) has religious significance. Evil has been present during the evolution of mankind and the Dashavatar have been constantly present to triumph over evil. The most famous incarnations of Vishnu are Rama, whose life is depicted in the Ramayana, and Krishna, whose is depicted in the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita. The four great era or epochs in Hinduism are Satya Yug, Treta Yug, Dwapar Yug and Kali Yug. Satya Yug, the Age of Truth, will last four thousand years, Treta Yug for three thousand, Dwapara Yug for two thousand and Kali Yug will last for one thousand divine years. It is believed that three of these ages have passed, and we are now in the fourth. The four ages are said to symbolize the four phases of human evolution during which man gradually lost the awareness of his inner self. Another theory explains these epochs of time on the basis of the degree of loss of righteousness in the world. It says, during Satya Yug only truth prevailed (Sanskrit Satya = truth), Treta lost ¼ truth, Dwapar lost ½ truth and Kali is left with only ¼ truth. Evil and dishonesty has replaced truth in the last three ages or yugs.
This verse from the Indian epic, The Bhagavad Gita, embodies the soul of Dashavatar. Lord Vishnu, the Preserver of life, manifests Himself in many forms through the eras to wipe out evil and establish the rule of righteousness.
Dashavatar weaves together the fascinating stories of Rama, Krishna, Parshurama, Vamana, Narsimha, (sundari one who is in focus at the time of samudramanthan and help to god in getting amrit)...and the tales of Vishnu in earlier avatars – Matsya, Kurma,Varaha and Haygriva...and — Kalki Avatar! Dashavatar is an odyssey through time, showing the values of the old world matching the sensibilities of the modern one...
The nine avatars are Matsya (fish), Kurma (tortoise), Varaha (boar), Narasimha (half-man, half-lion), Vamana (dwarf man), Parshurama (man with axe), Rama (moral man), Krishna (philosophical man) and Buddha (monk). The tenth avatar, Kalki is yet to manifest.
- Matsya, The Fish, appeared in the Satya Yuga.
- Kurma, The Tortoise, appeared in the Satya Yuga.
- Varaha, The Boar, appeared in the Satya Yuga.
- Narasimha, The Man-Lion (nara = man, simha = lion), appeared in the Satya Yuga.
- Vamana, The Dwarf, appeared in the Treta Yuga.
- Parashurama, The Warrior with an axe, appeared in Treta Yug.
- Rama, Prince and king of Ayodhya and the Moral Man, appeared in the Treta Yuga.
- Krishna, The Cowherd and Philosophical Man, appeared in the Dwapara Yuga.
- Bhuddha,The Monk who attained eternity,who was once a Prince named Siddarth,appeared in the Dwapara Yuga.
- Kalki, the Sagprince ("Eternity", or "time", or "The Destroyer of foulness"), who is expected to appear at the end of Kali Yuga, the period in which we exist, which will end in the year 428899 CE.
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