Between adult and children stories, could mythology win the digital jackpot?

22 . Aug . 2017
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Mythology is an ocean. The deeper you dive, the farther you go. Stories are endless, full of vices, virtues and lessons to be learned and highly engrossing. Any old civilization is blessed with the gift of elaborate mythology and that makes for perfect content for creating web series for producers if you are listening. All of you who like to bite the ancient glitter from time to time, here is a list of mythological characters that top The Digital Hash’s chart for Web Series. Which Indian mythological characters would you want to see on the digital screen?

Shiva

Travel around the length and breadth of India and you will meet people besotted with Maheshwar in every corner. Shiva is not just one of the principal deities of Hinduism but one of the most popular as well.

The ‘destroyer and transformer’ from the Brahma Vishnu Maheshwar triumvirate is as loved by the old as the young. The present generation finds it’s resonance of faith and belief in Lord Shiva which finds proof in the extremely popular Meluha series, a trilogy by Amish Tripathi. Though Karan Johar has already bought the rights to Meluha, stories about the omniscient Yogi who lives an ascetic life on Mount Kailash are endless and entertaining all the same.

For the Indian audience which is never tired of multiple renditions of Shiva, in films and television series, a web series will definitely make the cut for popular digital content.

Eklavya

Dronacharya always had a fondness for the Pandavas, more specifically Arjun, the third pandav who was his most illustrious pupil. So when came a time to make a choice between the patrician Arjuna and the plebian Ekalavya, Dronacharya’s choice was clear. In what can be called one of the saddest commentaries on caste division in the epic Mahabharata, Drona reminds Ekalavya that to truly be his pupil, he would have to offer guru-dakshina. Ekalavya offers to do anything for Drona in agreement. The teacher asks for his student’s thumb and the student complies. This heart wrenching plot from Mahabharata is the perfect setting for a Web Series. Most of us are versed with the story but not the detailed scheme of happenings. Strong characters contribute to the meandering of the plot and can be a heart wrenching drama series based on Indian Mythology.

Sita

We have watched various versions of Ramayana but we are yet to experience in the scope of a series the exploration of Ramayana from Sita’s perspective.

Sita and Rama’s marital bliss go for a toss when Rama’s scheming stepmother Kaikeyi with Manthara’s aid get King Dasrath to banish his first born for 14 years.

Sita’s life goes through a sea change in the forest where she ends up getting kidnapped. Her tribulations do not end there as a battle follows to rescue her yet she is thrown out of Rama’s Kingdom after she is rescued due to external influence. Mostly it looks like Rama rescued Sita to prove his masculinity and lineage. What good the battle did to her is another question altogether. A web series with Sita’s point of view could be just the thing for this generation and others interested in mythology, history and gender studies.

Hanuman

Do you know who was the first superhero ever? No, not Superman or Batman. Long before they existed there was Hanuman. The original superhero. Our superhero’s power included shrinking to the size of an ant or growing as big as a mountain. He can become weightless or heavy. He can travel by land, sea, or air, run faster than the wind and fly like a bird. Will all these superpowers and the primary superhero quality of living for the betterment of others rather than himself, Hanuman is the perfect subject for a mythological Web Series.

 Draupadi

While polygamy and its relevance has been a topic of debate and discussion over the years, Draupadi was prime example of polyandry in Mahabharata. Draupadi of course needs no introduction. She was the perfect concoction of mystery, fiery spirit, compassion, wit and individuality. The queen of the five Pandava brothers has often been referred to as the main reason behind the Mahabharat war.

Contrary to popular opinion about women from the ancient times, Draupadi was a fearless woman who demanded justice directly from Dhritarashtra when insulted in the court.

As Narad Purana and Vayu Purana would have it, Draupadi is the composite avatar of Goddess Shyamala (wife of Dharma), Bharati (wife of Vayu), Shachi (wife of Indra), Usha (wife of Ashwins) and Parvati (wife of Shiva). She has been born as Vedavati , then Sita, and the the latter essentially was the cause of Raavana’s death. Next, she was incarnated as Damayanti. Her fifth avatar was of Draupadi. A Web Series tracing the woman who disregarded popular practice of the times would be extremely tempting a watch. Who do you think would be the perfect actor to play the part?

With the advent of the digital medium showcasing entertainment, makers are going berserk with the lack of unwanted censorship. When it comes to Indian mythology the scope to create unparalleled shows increases manifold from what is purely indigenous. Our strength is our roots and exploring them sure will take us somewhere. Here’s hoping our wishes come true soon and Indian mythology takes digital entertainment to greater heights.