27 February 2013
The Bhagavad Gita Film Revision
The Bhagavad Gita is a classic tale of Indian spirituality in which Arjuna loses his way on the path of life and requires assistance from his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, to place him on the path to self-detachment and to do what is right. A short, animated film was made to briefly describe the events of the Bhagavad Gita. Although the film was made to teach people about the tale of the Bhagavad Gita, it contained flawed historical context and lacked detail and maturity. In this paper, a revision for the short film will be pitched to improve the short film. The improvements will include a more mature and accurate format of the video itself as well as more accurate historical context from the book, The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran, considering Arjuna’s path to self-realization. The short film that describes the Bhagavad Gita in general is fairly simple. Overall, it lacks detail and depth. However, judging by the aesthetic style and tone of the video, it seems to be more geared towards children. For anyone that is in high school or older, the video could seem fairly childish and simple. The graphics are very outdated, and the narrator uses a tone of voice that sounds as though it is geared towards a young audience. Also, the singing in the background that occurs throughout the video strongly clashes with the voice of the narrator. All of these materialistic qualities of the video could easily be improved. For example, the video could be more visually exciting if a modern group of animators recreated the story line, or the story was told in a documentary form with a real set and actors. A narrator with a deeper, older sounding voice that portrays wisdom would capture the attention of an audience more effectively and hold that attention throughout the narrative. Next, a quieter soundtrack with minimal to no singing could also help hold the attention of the audience. Finally, although the video may have been specifically geared towards children, it does not need to leave out important historical facts to make the story seem more “child friendly.” In the beginning of the video, the narrator begins by introducing the four main characters involved in the Bhagavad Gita: Krishna, Arjuna, Sanjaya, and Dhritarshtra. She explains the simple, main roles of each character and states that Arjuna represents the first method, Sanjaya represents the second method, and Dhritarshtra represents the third and most common method. However, the narrator never clearly states what these methods are. After referring to The Bhagavad Gita text, one can conclude that the methods refer to the various ways in which a person receives the word of God. To be more historically accurate and informative, the video should clearly state what each of the methods is. The first method refers to directly receiving the word of God from God, which Arjuna does through Krishna. The second method refers to the divine sight that was given to Sanjaya by the sage Vyasa ( Easwaran, The Bhagavad Gita 74). Finally, the third method refers to receiving the word of God by hearing it from another person, which the blind king Dhritarshtra does with Sanjaya. Had the video explained these methods more thoroughly, there would have been no confusion as to what the methods were and what they meant. The next area of confusion that occurs in the short film arises in the segment titled “The Story.” The film simply states that the king Dhritarshtra ruled the lands. However, it provides no information before that, which causes it to leave out very important events that led up to King Dhristarshtra’s rule. The kingdom of Hastinapura used to be ruled by the king Pandu. During his reign, he shared the rule with his brother Dhristarshtra, who had been blind since birth, so he was never actually named ruler. When Pandu died, his eldest son Yudhishthira was to be named ruler, but he was too young at the time of Pandu’s death, so...
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