Cast: Diganth Manchale, Akshay Dogra, Aishwarya Ojha, Kabir Duhan Singh, Vivan Bhatena, Navdeep Pallapolu, Anish John Kokken, Shishir Mohan Sharma, Jatin Sial, Shweta Gulati, Suparna Marwah, Mamta Verma, Tisca Chopra, Dalip Tahil, and Anup Soni
Director: Kunal Kohli
Platform: MX Player
When a director takes on the task of presenting mythology, he bears a great deal of responsibility to present it clearly and to consider the feelings of the audience. In the same way that Kunal Kohli did in his most recent series, 'Ramyug,' which is based on the Asian Sanskrit epic Ramayana. In many ways, this eight-episode web series, which debuted on MX Player, is one of the finest adaptations of Shri Ram Chandra's tale, but that doesn't mean it's flawless. The director omitted a few key aspects that should have been highlighted.
When it comes to shots and setting, the location where the series was filmed is flawless, and that's one of those things that would entice you to watch the series. The series was filmed in Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation, and you can see how beautiful nature is depicted in the whole cinematographic work. The DOP and his colleagues have done outstanding work that is much admired.
The first episode begins with Shri Ram Chandra (Diganth) searching the forest for a golden deer for his beloved companion, Sita (Aishwarya Ojha), during their exile. Really, the editing in the series is also very commendable since, despite the fact that we know the whole mythology narrative, the editors manage to maintain attention. It's all because of the flashback series, which they use to try to give the game a feeling of individuality. However, this does not imply that everybody would like to watch it in this manner.
The main thing that can disappoint you is the casting and the way makers try to show the characters by giving a modern touch. It ruins the authenticity of the mythology and the way people watch Shri Ram and Sita, since Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan.
The character of Sita is played by Aishwarya Ojha, who, based on her facial expressions and mannerisms, is unfit for the part. Sita is a deity known for her patience, calmness, and tranquillity, but Ojha fails to represent her even in the slightest. In reality, the dialogues she is given are so lame and cheesy that you can wonder how she is able to articulate what she is saying. As in the scene where Shri Ram was talking to his mother while waiting for his 14-year exile. Sita appeared out of nowhere and expressed her delight at the prospect. In front of her mother-in-law, she simply said, "Na Saas Sasur Honge Vahan." Ram seems to be depressed, but she appears to be similarly pleased.
Was it usual for women to take their husbands' names at the time? Of course not, but you can see how Sita repeatedly refers to him as 'Mere Shri Ram Chandra.' In reality, you'll find that whenever there's a scene with Ram and Sita, Diganth fails to convey the sincerity of his character. However, he has still done a fantastic job in other scenes.
Moving to other characters, like Ravan (Kabir Duhan Singh) or you can say stylish & modern Ravan, whom you might not accept in that character. Ravan is well-known for his vast knowledge of astrology and medicine, but Kabir, on the other hand, does not seem to be fit for the character who lacked these qualities in him.
On the other hand, when it comes to Hanuman (Vivan Bhatena), he does not resemble Hanuman. In the series, even his chemistry with Shri Ram is absent.
Some scenes, such as the 'Swayambar of Sita,' that must be done gracefully, are not at all appealing. And there hasn't been even a single Ram competitor seen. It's as if Ram arrived and shattered Dhanush.
If you listen closely to the dialogues, you'll notice that they use very plain Hindi despite having some good Sanskrit terms that add to the mythology's credibility and meaning. As a result, the filmmakers are falling behind in terms of dialogue and casting.
Otherwise, the effects, cinematography, and directions are good to show what exactly the 'Ramyug' was. In fact, to give a touch of modern issues, the makers also add some dialogues that can mirror the current situations. It's a good way to make everyone understand, especially the current generation, who exactly the Ravan is. But it doesn't mean that everyone will like the concept. So, it's onto your way of thinking too that how you take things.
The special effects, cinematography, and directing, on the other hand, do an excellent job of showing what the 'Ramyug' was all about. In fact, the writers have a number of dialogues that could represent current affairs in order to add a touch of contemporary issues. It's a good idea to teach everyone, particularly the younger generation, about the Ravan. This does not, though, mean that all would agree with the theory. As a result, how you do it is always determined by your mindset.