Heavenly stories: Bollywood dreams

Mahabharata film poster (© YouTube)

Indian literature produced the single longest poem in history, the great epic Mahabharata. Today the ancient story-telling and poetry recital traditions of India live on in “Bollywood”, the world’s biggest film industry and India’s thriving Bombay-based answer to Hollywood. Every Indian knows the stories of the heroes and heroines of the Mahabharata—Rama and Sita and Krishna and Hanuman and hundreds of others—and they relive these stories and learn their lessons when they go to the movies.

Producer: Dheera Sujan

Broadcast: 2002