I love movies. I always look up at a movie and appreciate it as another form of art. Movies are something that should be treat seriously. Yes, indeed, people are not making movies for art’s sake only. They’re making it for money too – not only for money, but we have to face the fact; without money, they won’t be any movie – but the fact that there are so many excellent movie out there makes me believe that we could make a good movie as well.
This thought lead me to another thought. Like I said before on my previous posts, I love wayang and stories related to them. For me, Mahabarata and Ramayana are two of the best epic stories ever told. I also a big fan of Bible and Koran stories, but if I have to choose one of the best between four of them, I would like to say Mahabarata.
Like we all know, there are several movies that pick their story based on Bible or Koran. Movie like The Ten Commandments, The Prince of Egypt (1998), or The Messenger. But I couldn’t recall any movie which the story based on Mahabarata or Ramayana. Yes, we used to watch Mahabarata TV series when we’re a kid, but I’m not talking about TV series here. I’m talking about a big, colossal, movie. I’m talking about The Lord of The Rings (LOTR) proportions. LOTR is – in my opinion – a movie that successfully brought the original book’s soul into the silver screen.
It might be a little different if we compare LOTR and Mahabarata. Both of them have a complex characters, an overlapped stories, and the most important is, both of them has their own dimension. Yet, while LOTR has it’s simplicity when it comes to their mythology, Mahabarata is a very bold and deep epic. I don’t say that LOTR is simple as in cheesy, it is simple as in easier to understand and it sorta has the black and white area rather than a gray one.
What I’m trying to say here, if Peter Jackson manage to direct LOTR, someone should try Mahabarata. I know that it would be a very difficult thing to do. In fact, it would be harder than LOTR, because Mahabarata has a lot of characters, important events (almost all events in Mahabarata are important), important lines, etc. For what its worth, it would also be one of the most spectacular movie ever made (if they do it right, of course).
Every element in Mahabarata fell into an epic proportion. Even the story itself is epic. From the Hastinapura kingdom, the Castles, the Kurusetra field, the characters. It would be amazing to watch Baratayudha (the final war between Pandawa and Kurawa) in a silver screen, with a perfect sound design and sound editing. I just can imagine the image of arrows, fire, horses, the heroes and villains.
All we need right now is the perfect director (there are a lot of them, but we hadn’t given them a chance to prove it), and a bunch of money. I would say $250 million would be enough. FYI, Wall-E (2008) costs $250 million. Oh, and we need a good and a nice producer to make it all happen.