Can someone please tell me why Shahrukh Khan, slated to play K-k-k-karan in Bobby Bedi’s Mahabharata, is shown looking like the Elven warrior, Legolas? Can someone also please tell me why Shahrukh Khan has been chosen to play the role of Karan in the first place ? (He already played him in Karan Arjun……ha ha).
Making him Karan is like giving the cookie jar to the fat man——the role of the disinherited tragic hero will be the ideal vehicle for some good-old hamming. We shall witness lip curling, eyes watering and nostril flaring on an epic scale not to speak of “Maaaaaaaa mujhe tere anchal me samet le maaaaaaaaa” at the drop of an arrow. Please please Bobby Bedi, Karan’s star-crossed doomed life is tragic enough, let us not add another dimension by bringing in Shahrukh Khan’s histrionic abilities into it.
As if that’s not bad enough, we have Amir Khan playing Arjun. For the role of Arjun, the most important thing is to have a buff guy who looks good as an eunuch (Brihanalla during Agyatvas).
Only one person can essay this role with elan—-Saif Ali Khan. Another big plus for him are his inherited skills of hunting endangered species (remember he was with Salman during the original blackbuck incident)—- Saif will look very natural with a bow and arrow running through jungles. And also doing the eunuch dance in King Virata’s court—–sure Amir also had his “Dole Dole Dil Dole” drag act but Saif is in a whole different league altogether.
For Bheema there is no contest. Sunny Deol. No “if” no “but” sirf Jatt. One lung-emptying scream from Sunny Deol sent the entire Pakistani army into disarray in “Gadar”, imagine him doing the same to the Kauravas.
Amir Khan should be Yudisthir, the intellectual. Studied method acting. I also find Amir Khan to be slightly pretentious—–something Yudhisthir no doubt also was. Perfect fit.
Since Amitabh is virtually in every movie that comes out of India, he has to be in this too. Pitamaha Bhishma.
Duryodhan. Another no-contest. Salman Khan—the bad boy of Bollywood. A slightly balding Duryodhan no doubt, but who cares. Ripping muscles, intense look, and once he gets on his rath, pavement dwellers beware.
Now let me conclude with the lady. Drapuadi is majorly hot—-if Helen launched a thousand ships, Draupadi did not do too bad. Please no Rani Mukherjee, please no more of her shapeless bare midriff. All us guys have our own opinion of what “hot” is—–my choice is Rimi Sen.
If you need further convincing, see “Shikdhum” from Dhoom.