'Arjun: The Warrior Prince' is an ultimate game-changer for Hindi cinema, and a refreshing bender for the way mythological narratives are handpicked to be woven into full-length films. And for that, its also one of the best Hindi films of this year.
Can you imagine that a story from Mahabharata, put into animation, could be this very fluid and interesting not just as a children's film? Yes, that happened this year. Although the visuals may be clumsy and disappointing, but you can't resist the charm of its protagonist and his story of grandeur. This is an Arjun we've met in life, not the BR Chopra, or Ved Vyasa's hero. He is more lucid and speaks with his hands. The voice cast is commendable in job. I am going with three and a half out of five for 'Arjun'. Watch it, please.
This was an interesting take on one of the most interesting and beloved heroes in the Mahabharata. I like that the designs and color palette stay true to the mythological comic books that we grew up reading in the '80s and '90s and that gives it a distinct and unique Indian flavor. Much like anime does for Japan.
Story-wise, you feel a bit dissatisfied when it ends because of its abruptness (but that could be because there's a part 2 coming) and mainly because of our common knowledge of the epic story. Those versions in our minds will always see gaping holes in any retelling that is so short. I was especially dissatisfied with the deliberate watering down of Krishna's role (so as to not outshine Arjun's). However, in all fairness, this is one of the best works in animation from India and something the team deserves to be proud of.