Pandava Vanavasam

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  • 1965
  • 3 hr 8 min
  • 8.1  (133)

Pandava Vanavasam is an Indian Telugu language mythological drama film, released in 1965. Directed by Kamalakara Kameswara Rao, the film features an all-star cast including N.T. Rama Rao, S.V. Ranga Rao, and Kanta Rao. The film is based on the Hindu epic Mahabharata, specifically the story of the Pandavas and their exile in the forest. The film focuses on the character of Arjuna, one of the five Pandava brothers and his interactions with the other characters during this period of their lives.

At the beginning of the film, the Pandavas lose everything in a game of dice played against their cousins, the Kauravas. In accordance with the rules of the game, they are forced to spend twelve years in exile in the forest, followed by one year in hiding. During this time, they are not supposed to be recognized by anyone. If they are, they will have to spend another twelve years in exile. The Pandavas set out to the forest, accompanied by Draupadi, Arjuna's wife.

The majority of the film's plot concerns the interactions of the Pandavas with various other characters during their exile. They meet a variety of people during their travels and have many adventures. They encounter sages and gurus who give them advice, as well as demons and rakshasas who attempt to kill them. They also meet Bhima’s son Gatothkacha, Dharmaraja's son Yudishtran, and Draupadi’s father Drupada.

The film is notable for its colorful depiction of magical creatures and its use of special effects, which were groundbreaking for their time. Pandava Vanavasam features a number of notable fight scenes and duels, including a climactic battle between Arjuna and Karna, one of the greatest warriors of the age. The film also deals with deeper issues such as jealousy, duty, and loyalty.

N.T. Rama Rao, who played the role of Arjuna in the film, gives a standout performance. As one of the most iconic actors in Telugu cinema history, Rao brings a depth and pathos to the character that is rare in the genre. S.V. Ranga Rao, who plays the blind king Dhritarashtra, also gives a standout performance.

Overall, Pandava Vanavasam is a classic of Telugu cinema, and one of the most beloved examples of the genre. It combines thrilling action sequences with a focus on deeper philosophical and emotional issues, making it a film that is both exciting and thought-provoking. The film is also notable for its intricate world-building and its lavish sets and costumes. It remains a beloved film among Indian cinema fans to this day.

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    3 hr 8 min
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    8.1  (133)