Ramayana comprises about 24, 000 Slokas (verses) in Sanskrit and is one of the two great epics of ancient India – the other being Mahabharata. The story of Ramayana was orally handed down from one generation to the other from around 10th century B. C. and it is said that the poet Valmiki gave its present shape around 200 A.D.
Ramayana has been cinematized a number of times in India. Universal themes, such as love, friendship, family ties, selfless devotion, war and peace, etc. that Ramayana is replete with have inspired film makers time and again to cinematize it. However, since war scenes around which the story of Ramayana revolves are full of fantasy, it might be difficult to do justice to them with the usual techniques to filming. Thus, there is no divine powers of the hero Rama and the devilish powers of his arch rival Ravana, the life and death and the antics of Hanuman – the other hero of this story – who can fly like Superman in the sky and change the size of his body at will.
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