Cast: Diganth Manchale, Aishwarya Ojha, Kabir Duhan Singh, Vivan Bhathena
Director: Kunal Kohlic
Director Kunal Kohli’s other web outing, after the lackluster Lahore Confidential (ZEE5), has failed. Ramyug offers a contemporary touch to the ancient Ramayan but is devoid of warmth and goes a long way in handling and performance.
Until now, the Indian public has been introduced to the Ramayan and its characters through various TV shows and we are quite familiar with the story. In comparison, none of them have ever been as quirky as Ramyug.
Most of the discontent and empty feeling stems from the performances of Ram (Diganth Manchale), Sita (Aishwarya Ojha) and Raavan (Kabir Duhan Singh). While Ram and Sita are divine and calm, the two seem totally unnatural here, to the extent that Sita is often snappy. They may be wearing period costumes, but none of the actors have internalized their roles. It may sound harsh, but the cast seems to have worked more to show off their bodies than to get the tone right. Vivan Bhathena as Hanuman also appears as a maverick, but no more than the others.
Ramyug is mounted on a good scale, but that pales in hand when it comes to handling the show which is too glossy. Rather than transport us back to the era, the modern vibes kill the feel of the epic altogether. The story is told in a non-linear format to shorten the running time. In the process, the natural arc of human drama is being shaken.
Projects like Ramyug will always be open to unfair comparisons, but this is as bad as it gets. Let alone director Kunal Kohli trying to capitalize on his appeal, hope not many come across his uninteresting take on Ramayan.
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