Voices from the subcontinent: Indefatigable filmwissenschaftler Jai Arjun Singh casts the Mahabharata,* India’s sprawling Sanskrit epic poem (88,000 couplets, about three times as long as the Bible), relying largely, though not entirely, on the cast of Duck Soup here. Naturally, he sees Groucho as Krishna and Margaret Dumont as a “very shrill” Draupadi, a chick married to the five Pandava Brothers (not an act, apparently, despite the name). Great Mahabharata sites here and here. Not all the links work, but most of them do.
Jai, I understand that if Apocalypto grosses more than $200 million, Mel Gibson will be able to get financing for an all-Sanskrit version. (Peter Brooks has already done it in English.)
Jai struggles to get his arms around film kissing here, which is still causing problems in Delhi.
*”Whatever is here is found elsewhere. But whatever is not here is nowhere else.” Duuuuuuuuude! A line like that could only come from the home of hash.