The epic Ramayana narrated in a different way, this time from the perspective of Ravana.
When it comes to animated Indian movies, the scene is bleak with not many films being up to international standards. However, Mahayoddha Rama looks like a start in that direction. The only sad bit is, the film is eight years too late (it was made in 2008).
Narrated from the perspective of the antagonist Ravana, it shows how the demon-king tries to defeat Rama and hilariously fails every time. The USP is the ten heads of Ravana, each voiced by different actors, including Gaurav Gera, Roshan Abbas, Ameen Sayani, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Kiku Shardha and Gulshan Grover, who has lent his voice to the main head. This point is exploited effectively for comic relief, though the humour is quite juvenile. Kunal Kapoor is spot on as Rama and so is Jimmy Sheirgill as Laxman. But Ravana is the most interesting character here.
With a generous dose of pop-culture references, the film scores on dialogues. Still, at 106 minutes, there’s not enough time to tie all loose ends. The animation, which is slick, is interesting only in parts, including the opening scene that shows Ravana meditating, and the final battle.
The movie is purely for kids, because it doesn’t offer much in the way of narrating Ramayana differently to grown-ups. Considering it was made eight years ago, the animation is good. However, in 2016, it leaves you wanting for more.