Pandavas: The Five Warriors
|Pandavas: The Five Warriors|
|Directed by||Usha Ganesh Raja|
|Screenplay by||Sujatha Rangarajan|
|Edited by||B. Lenin|
V. T. Vijayan
|23 December 2000|
Pandavas: The Five Warriors is a 2000 Indian English-language computer-animated film directed by Usha Ganesh Raja and produced by Pentamedia Graphics. Based on an episode from the Mahabharata, it is India's first computer animated film, and won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English.
Based on a classic Indian tale from the Mahabharata, the story depicts the eternal fight between good and evil through the tale of the five Pandavas brothers and their struggles with their cousins, the Kauravas.
Pandavas: The Five Warriors is the first computer animated theatrical film to be produced by an Indian firm — 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 to "Dhuri", and Dharmaraja was renamed "Dharm". Focusing mainly on the story of the Pandavas from the Mahabharata, 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. Ilaiyaraaja was signed to compose the film's music, and J. D. Jerry was signed as the creative director. Sujatha Rangarajan was chosen as the screenwriter, while B. Lenin and V. T. Vijayan were signed as the editors.
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."
Pandavas: The Five Warriors won the following awards:
- Second Best Animated Feature Film Award in Vancouver Effects & Animation Festival, 2001
- National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English
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