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Delhi Belly Filmmaker Akshat Varma’s irreverent take on Hindu Epic ‘Mahabharata’ is priceless

Akshat Varma after a bone tickling performance in Delhi Belly, will now be seen in a short movie with a satire on 'Mahabharata'

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Hindu Epic Mahabharata. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Mumbai, Sept 08, 2016: Akshat Varma, last seen in the movie Delhi Belly played an infamous role of tickling our bones to the best. the actor now is back with a bang and will be featuring in a short film with an outstandingly courageous yet subtle mockery attempt at the polyandry of ‘Mahabharata’. Agreeably the story is juicy enough for a lot of criticizers but simultaneously will leave no stone unturned for the audience as well to raise their eyebrows against the attempt of making a farce on the respected Hindu Mythology Epic.

But sigh…giggle… ahem… Varma dares the unthinkable in this day and age of sanctimonious rage when saffron is the colour that determines all our moves. Here is a fantastically twisted… And yet curiously logical and rational look at the timeless mythology.

It starts with Arjun (played by an endearingly vulnerable Amol Parasher) bringing home Draupadi while mom Kunti (Neena Gupta) cooks ‘tindas’ in the kitchen.

Akshat Varma. Image source: Youtube
Akshat Varma. Image source: Youtube

Draupadi, as played by the radiant Aditi Rao Hydari, looks definitely more inviting than the ‘tindas’. And even the Pandavas agree on that, at least one Pandava, Bheem (Arunodoy Singh) seems hopelessly horny as Draupadi at the gym (if you please!) comes on so strongly, you suspect she is not very happy with just having Arjun around.

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Amol Parasher as Arjun is almost as if he hopes his brothers would share instead of just stare at Draupadi.

Yudhishsthir (played with a sinister kala chashma and an indecipherable scowl by the underrated Akshay Oberoi) couldn’t care less. He is not disinterested in Draupadi’s oomph. Just more interested in gambling.

Sahdev (Jim Sarbh, the terrorist from ‘Neerja’ brilliantly bang-on as the sardonic son who is not interested in Draupadi in ‘that’ way) and Nakul (Vivaan Shah) are into other things.

There is a fabulously funny scene in a shopping mall where the ever-seductive Draupadi tells her giggly gal pal that she only has to deal with three lustful husbands, not five. This is said with Draupadi eyeing a male mannequin’s lingerie-selling bottoms.

Mama Kunti is of course the last to know. Oblivious of their preference, she tells Nakul and Sahdev that she is getting them married, to twin daughters, if you please.

Sarbh, who is possibly the best of the brilliant cast, gives his mom a befitting reply. “Maa, main khushi se paagal ho gaya.”

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We can’t go that far in our appreciation of Varma’s rigorously revisionist look at a revered mythology. But full marks to this long-legged luscious and hilarious short film for leaping into an arena that most would avoid in this day and age.

Thankfully, some spirit survives even in this era of castrated cheekiness. And for that, this short film deserves three stars. (IANS)

  • Arya Sharan

    Interesting portrayal of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.

  • Ayushi Gaur

    The censor board’s call for this movie will be a treat to watch

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On the acting front, he will next be seen in Dibakar Banerjee's "Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar". The film also stars Arjun's "Ishaqzaade" co-star Parineeti Chopra

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Arjun joins a list of Bollywood names who have already pledged their support for the PM-CARES Fund and the Maharashtra Chief Minister's Relief Fund. Wikimedia Commons

Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor has pledged to donate to various COVID-19 relief funds.

The actor has tried to help as many by contributing to the PM-CARES Fund, Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, GiveIndia, The Wishing Factory and Bollywood’s Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), although an idea of the exact amount has not been officially disclosed.

“India is in the midst of a crisis and as responsible citizens, we need to do our bit for our fellow brothers and sisters in need. I’m trying my best to help as many people possible by humbly contributing,” he wrote on social media. Arjun joins a list of Bollywood names who have already pledged their support for the PM-CARES Fund and the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

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About the other three contributions, Arjun said: “GiveIndia is working non-stop to help provide cash in the hands of daily wage earners who have lost their jobs/have no source of income due to the lockdown.

“The Wishing Factory is doing remarkable work with thalassemia patients from low-income groups so that they receive blood transfusions during the lockdown, especially since blood transfusions are not included under essential services.”

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Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor has pledged to donate to various COVID-19 relief funds. Wikimedia Commons

The actor has lent his helping hand to his industry too by supporting the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE). He says the FWICE is “my industry’s backbone, the people without whom no film can be shot/made. We all regard them as our family.”

Arjun also urged others to come forward and support as many people as possible. “We can only fight COVID-19 if we stand united. I urge all of you to come forward and support to the best of your abilities.”

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On the acting front, he will next be seen in Dibakar Banerjee’s “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar”. The film also stars Arjun’s “Ishaqzaade” co-star Parineeti Chopra. (Bollywood Country)