Pandavas: The Five Warriors
|Pandavas: The Five Warriors|
|Directed by||Usha Ganesh Raja|
|Screenplay by||Sujatha Rangarajan|
|Edited by||B. Lenin|
V. T. Vijayan
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.
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. 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.
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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