Ram Ram deva! The time has come. To turn your pages to the epilogue of a perennial epic. The aftermath of the Ram-Raavan yudh. Post tales of Sita’s silent sufferings, Hanuman’s veer vanar sena, Lakshman’s undying loyalty and Rama’s terrific triumph. Brace yourself for the next chapter – the final one, at that. And it’s no ‘child’s play’!
‘Sons Of Ram’ unfolds in post-Ramayana period, where Sita ( Sunidhi Chauhan) is ‘Vandevi‘ (Goddess of the forest) and lives at guru Valmiki’s ashram with her twin sons, Luv ( Aditya Kapadia) and Kush ( Devansh Doshi) – the troublesome-twosome famous for their indestructibility and innocent misadventures. While Luv (a striking shade of blue) reminds you of Ram’s qualities – calm, controlled, dauntless and skilled at archery, Kush is spirited, brave, adventurous and hot-headed. While the kids are being raised faraway from their kingdom by Sita under the guidance of Valmiki, King Ram, on the other hand, is worried about the future and longevity of Ayodhya. He seeks guru Vishwamitra’s advice, who tells him to perform the ‘Ashwamedh Yagya‘. Ram consents, but there’s a gambhir problem here. This divine ritual demands that his family (Ram with his better-half) has to participate in this holy event, and one way to do this is to find a suitable bride for the King again (to replace the banished queen) OMG!!! In the meanwhile, Ram sends a royal stallion free in the woods, as a sign of marking and expanding his territory. The horse finds its way to Luv-Kush’s ashram and upon learning that it is Ram’s stallion-of-statutory-announcement; the brothers decide to brave his attempts and put up a fight (Bravo, bachchas!). Of course, the L & K Bros have their own dream-team in their ashram. Mangal the peacemaker, Bheelu, a die-hard Ramayan fan, Sohan who dreams of playing with Hanuman’s tail, Agaj, the mini-villian in this drama, and the humongous creature Gandharva who adds mass to this mythology.
Amar Chitra Katha‘s first feature film (inspired by Anant Pai’s ‘The Sons of Rama‘) grips you (not as tight as Raavan’s clutches though) mainly because of the detailed narration and unraveling of various lesser-known facts and figurines from Ramayana. The animation is good, but we’ve seen better strokes and more stunning visuals in recently released films. The 3D here adds little to the overall effect of the film. Director Kaushal Ruia doesn’t showcase masterpiece in terms of visual brilliance and special effects, but he can take a bow (not the one that kills) for his storytelling which wins you over, evokes curiosity and leaves you wanting to pore over your history katha all over again.
Royal princes Luv and Kush pose problems (unknowingly) in their father Lord Ram’s mission to expand his kingdom and conquer more territory. With a little help from friends and mighty creatures, the brothers turn out to be ‘twin-trouble’ with double muscle.