(Modern) Lessons In Mythology

9 Jun

No, I didn’t sit through yet another extremely corny “Modern Ramayana”, but instead watched a most delightful feature called Sita Sings The Blues, whose link Rakesh was broadcasting some time ago. Needless to say, I’m once again eternally grateful to him. This film gave me more than simply a delightful viewing experience… It so turns out that I had little idea of how exactly Ramayan ended! I thought the entire story involved Ram rescuing Sita from Ravan, and it ended right there but Lo Behold…. It doesn’t! It so turns out that Ram is quite a hell of a prick (tons of offense intended) and pushes around his dutiful and vision-of-perfection wife into fires and oceans and what-not to prove her “purity” to him, and refuses to reuinte with her each time, even as she passes survives every test! Eventually, she dumps him because, frankly, a woman eventually gets sick of it all.

His conduct is utterly shameful, I say! Certainly not deserving him a temple at a disputed site. Chandu, D… Where are all the feminists on this one?

Oh yes, more about the film. It was done absolutely beautifully, no doubt. The narrators were hilarious, Sita looked sexy in many parts of the film. Nina Paley, with this film, has clearly outdone everyone else who attempted such a feat!

So now that you’ve read this post, you are obliged to download the film (It’s legal!!), watch it, come back here and post about it (or write about it on your own blog, and lemme know), and if you happen to be friggin’ rich, they contribute a bit to the artist towards recovering the costs of making the film (and buy me an Armani! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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Here’s a trailer :

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16 Responses to “(Modern) Lessons In Mythology”

  1. Meira June 9, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    Will watch, will comment.
    Armani, so not happening:D

  2. Dark Knight June 9, 2009 at 4:06 pm #

    haha you didn’t know the ending of Ramayana?? Then I bet, you don’t know the ending of Mahabharata as well lol ๐Ÿ˜›

    I will see this … soon ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. BlueMist June 9, 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    Ahem ..armani eh ? ๐Ÿ˜›
    Got to watch this now that you have recommended ! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. unsungpsalm June 9, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

    *Meria
    ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    Okay, watch and comment. That’s enough for me (, from you. From the others, I expect Armani) ๐Ÿ™‚

    *DK
    Errr… I actually know… let’s see. How do I say this?
    I know nothing from the Mahabharat. Zero. Zilch. I know very few of the characters, now that you mention it. The Pandavas and the Kauravas? And Duryodhan and Dronacharya. That’s all I know. And a lot of war.

    *BlueMist
    Yep, Armani.
    And yes, you must watch it!

  5. Orange June 9, 2009 at 6:34 pm #

    This is so awesome! It is addictive! Thanks, Unsung! I loves it.

  6. Pesto Sauce June 9, 2009 at 7:40 pm #

    Looks interesting

    Proves even Gods can be cynical & housewives forever have been repulsed by husbands’ attitudes!!!!

  7. Rakesh June 9, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

    This film deserves to be shown in theaters, but it did not get backed by any distribution houses. I’m hoping it gets word of mouth publicity, so, thank you, Unsung, for putting it up on your blog.

    Who would have thought to use the awesome jazz and blues singer Annette Hanshaw’s songs from the 1920’s in the Ramayana. Brilliant!

  8. v June 10, 2009 at 4:10 pm #

    ye what u said about Ram is correct why would u dump ur wife on the basis of what an washermen had to say !!! sorry if i offend some one but if ur r “GOD” or not if u do like this in a relationship then thats wrong u need to follow ur heart and i dont thing if we truly love some one by heart and not just for loving for the sake of it to see ur family ur relatives or to say the whole community is happy .

    many a time i feel we live in a bloody hypocritcal society and our GODS are also the same many a times

  9. unsungpsalm June 10, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    *Orange
    Me too!

    *Pesto
    Indeed. Should show it to the entire populace of the country. I don’t think our kids are told the entire version of the Ramayana, ever.

    *Rakesh
    I wish I could do more to spread the word! Have emailed all my friends too!

    *V
    You’re not offending me!! I’m an atheist! And boy, atheism is really catching up!

  10. Rakesh June 10, 2009 at 7:19 pm #

    Valmiki’s Ramayana is made up of 8 books. Since, people like happy endings, usually they stop the story at the end of the 7th book (Yuddhakand) with a happy ending. The 8th book (Uttarkand) deals with life after exile, when Sita is put to test and she chooses to enter the womb of the earth. Ram is left heartbroken and sorry and commits suicide by drowning in the river, followed by all his friends and companions too.

  11. unsungpsalm June 10, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    Oh geez! An entire generation of Indians live (and pray) in ignorance. Wow!

  12. Silvara June 11, 2009 at 12:26 pm #

    Have downloaded it!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Watched the trailer and was enthralled – am planning to watch the whole thing tonight and also make my Lankan hubby watch it (haha – I regularly give him jibes about Ravan :P)

  13. unsungpsalm June 11, 2009 at 12:34 pm #

    Oh, ouch! That’s mean ๐Ÿ˜›

    Bah, it’s okay. Eventually, it is mockery we are making out of these fairy tal.. uhh, mythologies.

  14. Paul June 14, 2009 at 8:23 am #

    Sita looks fabulous! And I actually knew she underwent an entire string of trials to prove her innocence to her husband. Glad she finally got the guts to tell him to sod off.

  15. unsungpsalm June 14, 2009 at 9:42 am #

    Not a string, just two. But going by how challenging the first was, I cannot imagine why a second would be necessary at all.

  16. Paul June 14, 2009 at 10:27 am #

    Obviously to prove her virtuousness ๐Ÿ™‚

    But really a great film. Caught it all. Love the music.

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