Arjun: The Warrior Prince
|Arjun: The Warrior Prince|
|Directed by||Arnab Chaudhuri|
|Produced by||Ronnie Screwvala|
Siddharth Roy Kapur
|Screenplay by||Rajesh Devraj|
|Edited by||A. Sreekar Prasad|
|Distributed by||UTV Motion Pictures|
Arjun: The Warrior Prince is a 2012 Indian animated action film. The film is directed by Arnab Chaudhuri and produced by UTV Motion Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures. The film was released in India on 25 May 2012. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures held a week-long limited engagement on 1 September 2012 at the El Capitan Theater to qualify for Academy Awards consideration. However, the film was not nominated.
The story is based on the early life of the Prince Arjuna, loosely taken from the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata. The storyline begins with Arjun as a nine-year-old boy, and follows him until he grows into the warrior that the world knows him as. It explores his life with his brothers in Hastinapur, his training and education, and his ultimate discovery of the warrior within himself.
The movie begins with the young prince of Viratnagar asking a maid to tell him a story. The maid narrates him the story of Arjun.
She tells him that Arjun was a student of Drona, and that he learned the art of warfare from him. He was more skilled than all the students of Drona. None of his own brothers, nor his cousins - the hundred Kauravas - could equal him in the art. Duryodhana and the other Kauravas despised the Pandavas, for they feared that they might usurp Duryodhana's throne. When the king Dhritrashtra grew older, the rivalry between his sons the Kauravas and the Pandavas intensified. Twice, Duryodhana attempted to kill all the Pandavas, but failed. To avoid further conflict, Dhritrashtra proclaimed Duryodhana as the crown prince of Hastinapur, and asked Yudhishthira to be the king of a distant unkempt territory of the empire.
In the meantime, Arjun won a swayamvar, and married the daughter of the King of Panchala, Draupadi. Duryodhana, who loathed the Pandavas, hatched a conspiracy with his uncle Shakuni and won all that belonged to the Pandavas in a betting game called chaupar. After losing everything, Yudhishthira betted his own brothers and Draupadi, and even himself. Draupadi was insulted in front of everyone, but Arjuna could not say anything because Yudhishthira was the king, and the king's words are the last words. The Pandavas, according to the rules of the game, had to go into exile for twelve years and an agyatavasa for one year. While all the Pandavas go one way, Arjuna travels North to do tapasya. Before leaving, Draupadi makes him promise that he will take revenge for her insult. He then leaves, and does tapasya, during which he earns a bow from the Lord Shiva.
The story then shifts back to the present day Viratnagar. It is revealed that the Pandavas are spending their secret exile, or 'agyatavasa', there, and are noticed by some of the spies of Duryodhana. According to the outcome of the game, if any one of the Pandavas is found before the end of that one year, the Pandavas will have to again go for a twelve-year exile. The spy informs Duryodhana that the Pandavas are in Viratnagar. So he launches an attack on Viratnagar with the help of his bandit friends. The king of Viratnagar leaves to thrash the marauding bandits. However, that is the bait. From the other direction Duryodhana's army comes, and it seems that the young prince of Viratnagar is the only one who is left to fight.
Uttar's maid drives the young prince's chariot to the field, but the prince, distraught by the number of enemies, flees. The maid stops him, and reveals her true identity: Arjun. Arjun retrieves his bow and makes prince Uttar drive his chariot. The warrior massacres the army and emerges victorious and at last Arjuna alone defeats all kaurava warriors including Bhisma and Drona.
- Yuddvir Bakolia as Arjun
- Aanjjan Srivastav as Kirat/Lord Shiva
- Sachin Khedekar as Lord Krishna
- Rajeshwari Sachdev as Draupadi
- Ashok Banthia as Bheem
- Ravi Khanwilkar as Drona
- Hemant Mahaur as Duryodhan
- Brijesh Jha as Yudhishthir
- Vijay Kashyap as Shakuni
- Ila Arun as Kunti
- Vishnu Sharma as Bheeshma
Priyanka Ketkar of Koimoi gave the movie 4 stars out of 5, saying that "Arjun: The Warrior Prince is an extremely engaging movie with fabulous animation and a story of our very own Indian hero". Martin D'Souza of Glamsham gave the movie 4 stars out of 5, commenting that "If your Sunday mornings were spent in front of the television set two decades ago, this one is definitely for you". Madhureeta Mukherjee of Times Of India gave the movie 3.5 stars out of 5, concluding that "Of all the amateurish animation films we've seen, this one's a 'God-send'". Blessy Chettiar of DNA India gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, stating "Let your children absorb the story, while you can marvel at this step forward for the Indian animation film industry. It’s a great way to have fun while you learn." Mansha Rastogi of Now Running gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, saying that "Arjun has all the right ingredients to attract its target mass and also a crackling animation work to entice them into his world!". Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, concluding that "I'm going to with three out of five for Arjun: The Warrior Prince. Like its hero, the film too is a valiant effort, and an interesting interpretation of a much-loved mythological story. Worth a watch". Preeti Arora of Rediff gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, saying that "Being an animated film, Arjun is sure to find a connect with children."It is also a great outing for someone who wishes to walk down nostalgia lane with their favourite tales of the good old days". Ananya Bhattacharya of Zee News gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, concluding that "No form of popular culture can ever encompass the greatness of the man called Arjun. Watch ‘Arjun’ for yet another perspective on him. Watch ‘Arjun’ if you are craving that much-needed break from the current films of the day which have pushed you to the brink of insanity. Watch ‘Arjun’ to see the man who is synonymous with the Mahabharata!". Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, saying "On the whole, Arjun: The Warrior Prince needs to be watched for its animation, for its storytelling and most importantly, it makes an earnest effort to relive the mythology." Aakanksha Naval-Shetye and Chaya Unnikrishnan of DNA India gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, saying that "Director Arnab Chaudhari has kept the narrative fast paced. A nice way of introducing kids to the epic tale". Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, concluding that Arjun: The Warrior Prince is a step forward for Indian animation. I only wish the storytelling itself had been more animated". The Hindu gives it a 4, and says "A world class show with a good old Indian touch". Suparna Sharma of the Deccan Chronicle gives it 4 stars out of 5, and says "I really hope there will be a part two of Arjun because this story is really worth telling and Arnab Chaudhuri and his team tell it really well".
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 63% based on 8 reviews, with an average rating of 5.68/10. Lou Lumenick of New York Post in his negative review of the film, wrote: "Even though the title character vaguely resembles Disney's Tarzan, nobody is going to mistake the less-than-state-of-the-art, computer-game-style 2-D animation for the work of the American parent, much less its Pixar subsidiary". Robert Abele of Los Angeles Times gave the film 3 out of 5 stars stating "The animation is at times stiff and presentational, like a rushed rotoscoping job, but there's a charming majesty to the enterprise". The film got positive response at Annecy International Animated Film Festival, largest and oldest animation film festival in the world where it was nominated for Cristal Award the top prize of the festival.
|Year||Name of Competition\Award||Category||Result||Recipient(s)/Nominee(s)|
|2013||FICCI BAF Awards||Best Indian Animated Feature Film[Theatrical Release]||Won||Tata Elxsi|
|2013 Annecy International Animated Film Festival||Cristal Award for Best Film||Nominated||Arnab Chaudhuri|
|1.||"Daanav"||Vishal Dadlani & Shankar Mahadevan|
|2.||"Karam Ki Talwar"||Sukhwinder Singh|
|3.||"Manva"||Swanand Kirkire, Shreya Ghoshal, Piyush Mishra & Raja Hasan|
|4.||"Kabhi Na Dekhe Hastinapur Mein"||Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shubha Mudgal & Ila Arun|
|5.||"Samay"||Shekhar Ravjiani & Hemant Brijwasi|
- List of Indian animated feature films
- List of Disney theatrical animated features
- List of Walt Disney Pictures films
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