Mahabharata Vs Iliad and How A Big Market on Mythology Remained Ignored in India

I have always been fan of Indian Mythologies and also of Greek Mythologies. In fact I get surprised on noting the amazing similarities between the two epics i.e. Mahabharata and Iliad.

Both are the famous epic poems and illustrations of Great Heroes, should be termed as Super Heroes or even Demi Gods.

While in Mahabharata we have a list of Mega Heroes including Lord Krishna, Arjuna, Karna, Balrama, Bhisma Pitamah, Yudhisthira, Bhima, Drona Acharya, Kripa Acharaya, Ghatokacha, Drishta Dhyumn, Duryodhana, Ashwathama, Jayadratha, etc., whereas in Iliad we have a list of Achilles, Hector, Patroclus, Ajax, Odysseus, etc.

Even I was able to notice the striking similarity between the killing of Karna vs the killing of Hector. Both were having sort of unstoppable powers but got killed because they were lured to use that powers under camouflage of their main opponent. Karna used his Divya Astra against Ghatokacha while Hector killed Patroclus who was having Achilles armor on him.

Point is that how come such resemblance can be there in the two epics which occurred in separate geographies and periods.

Those who are reading this blog might not be aware of the two epics in detail. This can be there.

Also many times I wonder why Indian Historians or even the Government never able to say that these are true events. Don’t know what proof can be suitable since these are way back in history. But really wonder do we have such legendary warriors on our soil long back.

Now comes the Business View here. On one hand we can see so amazing movies and serials on Greek Mythologies which Hollywood regularly produces. I am big fan of movies TROY, Kingdom of Heaven, and there are several others.

Why Bollywood never produces movies on our Indian Mythology. It makes a huge business sense and also qualifies for the patriotism. We should promote our Soft Power. It will promote Brand of India.

Japanese successfully preserve their culture. We have movie GODZILLA, lots of Samurai movies, etc.

But in India there are zero movies covering Mahabharata, events of Chandragupta Maurya, Ashoka the Great, and our oldest story of Ramayana.

India is an amazingly big country qualifies for sub continent. But our producers mostly remained focused on comedy, love, romance, house hold, mafia, stories, etc. They hardly touched the Legendary Epics which we have. This is really disappointing. And showing truly abysmal state of affairs of Indian Pride.

There should be a great research on our origins and how come these epic poems came in existence. When you make movies the society in large gets inspired. It can bolster the image of India truly on world stage. In fact other than business a lot of TACIT benefits comes in the way. A respect for brand which can not be calculated easily follows into the mindsets of world consumers when you successfully show that you were having rich history. Curious case of China can be analyzed here. They also successfully promoted lots of movies on their kings such as Red, etc.. They are economic superpower now. I am not saying this is possible because of only their rich history but again you can not discount on the fact that this is a very good tool to bring confidence in people and encourage sectors like Tourism, Higher Education, Real Estate, etc.

I wish that in coming days at least one legendary movie get made in India with all up to date technology and which may include superstars among Amitabh Bachchan for Bhisma Pitamah, Ajay Devgan, Hrithik Roshan for Arjuna, Khans, Kareena, etc. May be Hollywood superstars can also be taken for this noble cause. Huge attraction can be there if you can bring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage, Kate, etc. I am sure they can also do these roles amazingly and with awesomeness.

God Bless!!


Published by Rishabh Agarwal


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