Agni Varsha: The Fire and the Rain

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The Fire and The Rain - The epic, the play and the filmThe film is adapted from the play of the same name by India's foremost playwright, Girish Karnad. Derived from 'The Myth Of Yavakri' - a part of the renowned epic. 'The Mahabharata', this film retains the essence of the story as told in the epic though somewhat altered by the playwright. The film was shot entirely on location at Hampi, the seat of the Vijaynagar Empire in the 13th century, which is now a World Heritage Site, under the stewardship of the Archaeological Survey of India. The period has been accurately recreated in the film without losing its contemporary insights that are so intrinsic to the original script.Watching 'The Fire and The Rain' is like reliving the age-old myth even as its multi-faceted characters, which transcend time, play out its inexorable end....OF POWER. Paravasu is the eldest son of the great sage Raibhya. For seven long years he has performed the mahayagya (fire sacrifice) to appease the gods and get rains for the drought-ridden land. He has forsaken his wife - Vishakha, his brother - Arvasu and all worldly pursuits. His exalted position of Chief Priest of the sacrifice creates discord and animosity within his own family, from his father Raibhya to his cousin Yavakri.Yavakri, Paravasu's arch-rival, returns home triumphant after ten years of meditation, armed with the boon of eternal knowledge bestowed upon him by the Lord Indra himself. The resentful Yavakri embarks upon a scheme for ultimate revenge at any cost....OF LOVE. Paravasu's younger brother - Arvasu, is in love with a tribal girl - Nittilai, is all set to defy his upper caste Brahmin norms and marry her. But his Brahmin upbringing does not allow him to escape the manipulations of his brother - Paravasu, his cousin - Yavakri and his father - Raibhya. Unwittingly embroiled in their battle for supremacy, he is eventually forced to choose between love and duty....OF LUST. In a desperate attempt to assert his position, his dominance in the Brahmin community, Yavakri seduces Vishakha - his past lover and now Paravasu's abandoned wife. Raibhya - Paravasu's father, wreaks his own vengeance on Yavakri by unleashing upon him a demon - the Brahmarakshas....OF SACRIFICE. The appearance of Lord Indra at the end is testament to Arvasu's essential goodness and faith. His dialogue with the God leads him towards the path of duty and spiritual growth, through sacrifice. The purity of his love for Nittilai triumphs as the parched land is granted rain and its people salvation. -- © 2002 iDream Production


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Too simply plotted and, even at two hours -- Bombay exports can often run to four -- the story drags.

Aug 30, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/4

It lacks Lagaan's sweep, humor, and colorful characters.

Aug 29, 2002

A dense, colorful dramatization of a portion of the Indian epic Mahabharata.

Aug 29, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

This is a splendid example of contemporary Bollywood in which a director's sophisticated style and vision have been brought to bear on the beloved conventions of popular Hindi cinema.

Aug 29, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

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