A film by Peter Brook
The Mahabharata is at the very heart of Indian culture - in religion, myth and legend. One of the oldest stories in the world, and certainly considered the longest at over 100,000 stanzas, it has provided fertile ground for artists and their audiences since time immemorial.
Long-time collaborators Peter Brook (director) and Jean-Claude Carrière (screenwriter) created the three separate plays that comprise this version of the epic, producing a globally successful nine-hour stage production, a three-hour TV version and this DVD release, as just over five hours.
The central story is of the lifelong feud between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, two closely related regal families, but the many subplots, diversions, fables and legends turn this mythological epic into a story of and for all mankind,
This double DVD set also includes a booklet with introductory and explanatory text written by Brook and Carrière, as well as synopses of the three stories and full production credits.