Pandavas: The Five Warriors

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Pandavas: The Five Warriors
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Directed byUsha Ganesh Raja
Screenplay bySujatha Rangarajan
Based onMahabharata
by Ganesha
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Edited byB. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Release date
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  • 23 December 2000 (2000-12-23)
Running time
110 minutes

Pandavas: The Five Warriors is a 2000 Indian English-language animated Hindu mythological film directed by Usha Ganesh Raja and produced by Pentamedia Graphics. Based on the five Pandava brothers from the Indian epic Mahabharata, it is India's first computer animated film, and won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English.


The film revolves around the eternal fight between the five Pandava brothers – Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva – and their malicious cousins, the Kauravas.


Pandavas: The Five Warriors is the first computer animated theatrical film to be produced by an Indian company — the Chennai-based multimedia and graphics company Pentamedia Graphics, as well as the first computer animated adaptation of the Mahabharata. As the film was mainly targeted at western audiences, the character Duryodhana was renamed "Dhuri", and Dharmaraja was renamed "Dharm". Focusing mainly on the story of the Pandava brothers, the majority of episodes in the Mahabharata were downplayed. Krishna's role in the life of the Pandavas did not receive emphasis either, and the film makes only a "passing reference" to the Bhagavad Gita.[1] Ilaiyaraaja was signed to compose the film's music, and J. D.-Jerry were signed as the creative directors. Sujatha Rangarajan was chosen as the screenwriter, while B. Lenin and V. T. Vijayan were signed as the editors.[2]


Pandavas: The Five Warriors was released on 23 December 2000,[3] and its television rights were acquired by Cartoon Network,[4] where it aired in both English and Hindi languages.[5]


S. R. Ashok Kumar of The Hindu positively reviewed the film and its technical aspects, saying "Each and every frame of the nearly 110-minute-long picture is a marvel and it is the best form of expression on celluloid."[2]


Pandavas: The Five Warriors won the following awards:[6]

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  1. ^ Kannan, K. (11 January 2001). "Pandavas go hi-tech". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 19 May 2007. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b Ashok Kumar, S. R. (29 December 2000). "Film Review: Pandavas-The Five Warriors". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Pandavas: The Five Warriors (2000) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film". The Big Cartoon DataBase. 23 December 2000. Archived from the original on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Cartoon Network acquires Pentamedia's Pandavas and Sinbad; to launch in September". Indian Television. 22 June 2001. Archived from the original on 26 January 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Flight of fancy". The Hindu. 30 August 2001. Archived from the original on 15 May 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Animation Movies". Pentamedia Graphics. Archived from the original on 15 May 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2013.

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