RAMAYAN THE SUPREME ADVENTURE Review.
Posted December 9, 2002
Director: Caruhasa Das
Cast: Jeff Rector, Chandini, James Hong, Steve Williams
The U.S. premiere of this beautiful original movie was in Hollywood with
more than 300 people trying to get into the screening and party at the
famous Directors Guild of America was the place to be. The stars arrived to
the excited and anxious crowd of devoted fans of Ramayana, waiting at the
entrance to the Directors Guild. The Stars were Gordon Hessler (Golden
Voyage of Sinbad), the guest of honor, Caruhasa ( the director producer),
John Philipp Law(Barbarella), ,Jeff Rector (Star Trek), Chandini( Money
Talks), James Hong(Blade Runner), Steven Williams (X-Files), Ryan Arjun V.
Daluvoy (executive producer). Many other celebrities were also there from
Hollywood. Gordon Hessler, the guest of honor, gave a nice speech in support
of the film. He said that the film is a great way to tell families in the
west the famous story. Caruhasa, the director said that, "My inspiration to
make this movie is from my guru A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabupada, and my
life in the ashram and painting for his books for ten years."
"I was inspired by the multiracial cast in the Peter Brooks version of the
Mahabharata, it was the time of all races and people even from other planets
coming together in the world. Prabupada told me once in his room at New
Dwarka Los Angeles that if big film producers see that Vedic subject matter
is entertaining then all of the industry will want to make these films in
Hollywood, he said you go make a film and then they will!" Caruhasa said, "
It has taken ten long years to make this film and shooting from around the
world, and actors from Hollywood and around the globe." The film is like a
kaleidoscope in which every viewer can see the base story but can see it
with a different aspect to it.
Comparing to the Wizard of OZ, Lord of the Rings, Aladdin, Robin Hood and
stage plays like Peter Pan, Jesus Christ Superstar, and TV shows like
Hercules and Xena also come into mind when you watch this production. Ray
Harryhausen, the famous producer of such great films like Clash of the
Titians and Jason and the Argonaughts, with their different creatures and
special effects, remind us of the film. In The Supreme Adventure Ramayan,
the viewer may see a kaleiescope of different aspects, such as the mystical,
the legendary, the sci-fi, and childs entertainment. It is a love story, a
struggle between good and evil, it will take the viewer to another time and
dimension, and is truly an archetypal template for stories of today.
International stars old and new have leant their talents because they
believed in the message conveyed in this story. They feel that it will
educate a multi-cultural audience, who is used to seeing Xena and Star Wars
to the Indian culture, philosophy, and ancient phenomena of reincarnation
and God. Caruhasa the director has researched for 20 years all the films
subject matter. Like the evidence of UFO's and ancient flying aircrafts
which are found in the Ramayana and more detailed in the Vimanyka Shastra
text. During the heyday of Rama and Atlantis both the Ramayana and Lemurian
Fellowship had advanced civilizations, they had devoloped advanced
technology, which they shared between themselves and the rest of the world.
Sometimes the demons would use this technology for war advantages.
Not only did they useaircraft such as Vimanas and vailxi (as the Atlantean
craft was called) ,they had weapons such as fireballs that could destroy a
whole city "which could burn fifty thousand men to ashes." "Kapilla's
Glance" was the name of the weapon. Demons and Monkeys used in the Ramayana
battle what ever they could, sticks, stones, golden clubs, and hijacked
The movie that is out on video by Light Works entertainment is an original
stylistic way to the story. Through research the movie has shown subject
matter you will not see in any other Hindu or otherwise production of the
story. Hollywood effects people have never created effects for such an
exotic story or setting in this genre before. Cyberview studios who have
worked on countless films such as Star Trek, Babylon 5, Mortal Combat,
Independence Day, Star Wars etc. were excited to be involved in this
pioneering work, are now hard at work on Ramayan the Supreme Adventure
Directors cut .
Which will have the whole movie redone with CGI, sets, Vinmanas,demons ,
Monkeys, three arm dancers, a big battle between Rama and Ravana, and all
new editing and music. This version will be seen only in theatres.
With Regards, Caruhasa