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When you think of the Ramayana, it's a tad difficult to envision its soundtrack being jazzed up vocals by singing sensation Annette Hanshaw. Or related to anything even remotely modern for that matter. Yet writer/creator Nina Paley managed to combine all the above mentioned ingredients and cook up a rather delicious film titled Sita Sings The Blues. With Diwali just around the corner, we thought it might make a rather interesting movie to watch or at the very least, to read about. Fair warning—if you don't have the stomach for a modern (but creative) representation of ancient scriptures, we suggest you don't read on to know its plot.
Paley brilliantly completed the Herculean task of bringing a lighter, modern identification with the legendary Ramayana. By providing us with a biographical account of her own falling-apart marriage whilst simultaneously showing the plight of Sita and all the injustices she faces while maintaing her saintly nature, she ensures that the comedy-drama is injected with enough humour to keep it more light-hearted. Essentially, these two women are both having troubles with their men even if it's several centuries apart and their stories seem to perfectly intertwine in this cartoony narration.
The script goes on to show some 'grey shades' in Rama's character as well as the personal sacrifices Sita must go through. With a combination of beguiling visuals and almost comical jazz vocals, Paley managed to pull off what would normally have been a controversial take on such an important Indian work of literature with charm and ease. But most importantly, in a manner that couldn't possibly offend everyone.
In a sentence—Paley mixed a tale of personal romantic issues with a hilarious and beautiful recounting of the epic Sanskrit fable The Ramayana. It's a must watch that should be on everyone's list.
However, in case this little summarization didn't convince you to give it a chance, watch a short trailer of the film below and decide for yourself.
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