“Munirathna Kurukshetra”… Darshan and Arjun star in a thoroughly mediocre take on the epic

Posted on August 21, 2019


There’s not one actorly or directorly moment — there’s not one human moment. There is, however, plenty of unintentional comedy. 

Spoilers ahead…

You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kurukshetra-movie-review-darshan-naganna-3d/

Whatever the other achievements of Munirathna Kurukshetra, directed by Naganna, it’s probably the world’s first film to have its producer’s name in its title. The story is based on the 10th-century Kannada poet Ranna’s interpretation of the epic, titled Gadayuddha. But Ranna’s Kurukshetra or even Vyasa’s Kurukshetra would suggest that the point of this production is fidelity to the source material. The point of this production is basically to tell Baahubali: “Mine is bigger than yours.” The opening scene shows Duryodhana (Darshan) leave his palace and walk to a throne in an arena where feats of valour are about to take place. His golden mace is huge. His golden crown is huge. His cape is huge. It makes the climax-scene sari that trailed behind Aishwarya Rai in Devdas look like a handkerchief. In other words, the budget is huge. Now you see the point of the title?

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