The Legend of Hanuman Review: Rating: 3/5 (three stars)
As a child too obsessed with mythology and history, Japanese filmmaker Yugo Sako’s animated take on Ramayana was the greatest treat then. With technology and cinema both moving forward hand in hand, the retelling of the same tale is bound to be more appealing and visually rich. But is it a wise decision to tell the same story with little difference multiple times? Let’s find out. Additionally, Hotstar’s Legend Of Hanuman begins with a warning that creative liberties are being taken, more on that below!
Creators: Charuvi Agrawal, Jeevan J Kang and Sharad Devarajan.
The Legend Of Hanuman Review: What It Is:
I can see you royally skip this part, but I can’t. Legend Of Hanuman that hits Hotstar today is the tale of the story of the mighty God who has our frenzy from childhood. The epitome of power, honesty and strength. But it takes a head start and hits some parts of the story that haven’t made it to visual narratives so far.
The Legend of Hanuman Review: What Works
Like I said, telling myths every day fuels our nostalgia, and for us Indians who grew up on those stories, it means a better part of us. I was skeptical before going into Legend Of Hanuman, as it wasn’t the first time someone has told me this story, and it’s not that I didn’t know it, or at least most of it. .
But I’m happy to report; I enjoyed Legend Of Hanuman 60%. Will also explain the ratio. Considering the trail of thought that the adult is following me, I wouldn’t want to go into the authenticity of the tale, because the “offense” counter is broken and there is no limit to that now. What I want to talk about is the animation part. Sharad Devarajan, who has been working in the comic book world for years now, puts all his knowledge at the service of his talented colleagues Charuvi Agrawal, Jeevan J Kang to create this universe.
Yes, these are the same characters that we have heard about. Everyone from Ram to Laxman to Jatayu or even Nal-Neel. But the creators of Legend Of Hanuman are giving them the humanity we have failed to associate them with for so long. The main key to this Hotstar special is to humanize the gods and explain their uniqueness in the midst of normal. There is also a refreshing touch to their appearance here. The animation tries to touch the real world as much as possible when it comes to creating the character’s bodies.
The environment is quite a different ball game here. Unlike all the other renditions where demons were made to look scary and as mean as they can get, here they’re funny to the point of being cartoonish. I understand this is to capture the imaginations of children watching the show. Two of my favorites are the Evil Hanuman (you’ll see in the series) and Surpanakha in a never seen before avatar.
The legend of Hanuman recounted some aspects of the mythological tale that I was not aware of. Whether they are true or not, is debatable (will tell you why).
The Legend of Hanuman Review: What Doesn’t Work
The show begins with a warning that creative freedoms are taken, I don’t know at what level. But if this is how I get on a show that has characters whose existence is the biggest topic of debate, I myself will choose to watch it as fiction. And for a fictional tale, I can’t think the newly introduced plot twists really happened.
The dialogues. In the effort to humanize the world, dialogue writers add too much modern flavor, which ends up breaking the tie.
The Legend Of Hanuman Review: Final Words
It’s beautiful, vibrant and eye-catching. Watch Legend Of Hanuman realizing that it is designed for entertainment purposes only. It’s for the kids and the adult child in you, let’s look at it with that mindset.
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