Mahabharat reborn in Saas Bahu Style!!!!
(Even the poster screams exactly the same!!)
The new Mahabharat focus too much on attracting the masses. They made it like a daily soap opera. Maybe they want to be the Chennai Express of soap operas.
The producers of the show claim that they have focused on the content of the show. I have been regularly following the show since the first episode. They have indeed given some thought to content and I must say that they have taken creativity to a new level with some episodes.
Most of the money for this show is spent on expensive sets, costumes, special effects etc. I feel like they are focusing way too much on music and special effects. Most of the episodes, the creators of the show are toying with my patience. Some events which can be told in 10 min, they took 4 episodes to complete it. Some stories like the origin of Bheeshma and the marriage between Ganga and Shantanu are not explained.
I think the creators of the show want it to be very diffferent from BR Chopra's Mahabharat. So, they are tweaking the story to present us with a modernised Mahabharat where people really have emotions and react to things unlike what we have read in the epics. Plainly speaking, if we are the characters in Mahabharat and faces a similar situation, what would we do? The show gives us that version combined with some slow motion effects which last like half the episode.
The show is said to be targeted at the youth of the country. The producers of the show claims that the youth are gonna love it. Guys!! I am part of that set and I will tell you this much, The presentation is good but please don't toy with our patience. I am writing this answer out of frustration on watching an episode tonight. In tonight's episode, Arjuna is said to have insulted Karna and is asked to apologise to Karna by washing his feet(This incident is never mentioned in Mahabharat) and they took 2 episodes to show this event. In this serial, facts are bent to provide a dramatic feel and effect which I think would appeal to the audience of regular soap operas.
Update: Now that this series is almost over, I have to say I am really disappointed. I chose to ignore many twists and turns they have included in the story taking it as the writers creative freedom. But they have twisted the story so badly that this great epic is now another regualar soap opera.