Directed by: Arnab Chaudhuri
Produced by: Ronnie Screwvala Siddharth Roy Kapur
Screenplay by: Rajesh Devraj
Music by: Vishal Shekhar
Cinematography: Hemant Chaturvedi
'Arjun: The Warrior Prince' succeeds in enticing the cine buffs due to amalgam of reasons. The ultimate animation which is both effervescent, vibrant, alluring combat sequences and flawless narration.
The epic animated feature narrates the heroic journey of the legendary warrior prince, Arjun (character from Mahabharta), from the days of his youthful innocence to his emergence as a fearless hero, who single-handedly took on an entire army. It explores his life with his brothers in Hastinapur, his training, education and his ultimate discovery of the warrior within himself.
The story begins with a young prince asking his female caretaker to narrate him a story and the latter obliges him, starting to recite the tale of the mighty empire of Hastinapur and the Kuru family that ruled it. The story moves on to show how the Kauravas and the Pandavas locked horns even as teenagers and how a young boy was forged into becoming a fearsome warrior by his guru, Dronacharya. The film also touches upon epic incidents like Draupadi's swayamwar, the exile to which the Pandavas are banished and the rigged dice game, in which the wily Shakuni manages to manipulate the noble Yudishthira into losing everything.
As per the animation and graphics is concerned, the movie undoubtedly steps forward. The animators have worked hard to breathe life into the characters so as to re-create the era faultlessly. But the two things we like to point out would be the leisure time in between subverts the efforts and the conclusion seems rushed.
Ideally, one would’ve expected the storyteller to include the historic Kurukshetra war between Pandavas and Kauravas, but it ends prior to that.
The animation is not superlative, but much superior to most we’ve witnessed thus far. If you’ve endured other past animation films in India, this one will come as a pleasant and welcome change.
It is the high attraction not only for the kids but for the elders as well.
Overall, 'Arjun: The Warrior Prince' needs to be watched for its animation, for its storytelling and most importantly, it makes a sincere effort to relive the mythology!