Rama and Sita: The Epic Love Story - For The Love of Kamadeva
When Rama was a young boy, he was the perfect son. Later he was an ideal husband to his faithful wife, Sita, and a responsible ruler of Aydohya. "Be as Rama,". A brief summary of the Ramayana story (Sanskrit epic). Sita. Rama, prince of Ayodhya, won the hand of the beautiful princess Sita (seen here), but was After the couple's triumphant return to Ayodhya, Rama's righteous rule (Ram-raj). For more entertainment, I will open my records of all of history's relationships to the Rama and Sita page. The book has magical powers, thus it will present.
There’s something about Sita
The last book of the Ramayana is not universally accepted as part of the story, but of course, consistent pagan that I am, I find it quite relevant. Sita and Rama return to Ayodhya and here again the commoners start whispering and making accusations, so Rama asks the pregnant Sita to leave for the good of the people and the kingdom.
She does and in the forest she gives birth to two twin sons. Years later, Rama encounters his sons and is told their story.
He then asks Sita to be brought back, but upon her return, he feels that she should once again clear everyone's doubts and go through the trial of fire.
But this time she won't. While lamenting her fate she calls to her mother, The Earth, to swallow her. Rama never remarries and continues to rule righteously over Ayodhya until the end of his days. One thing I am not here to do is discuss the Hindu scriptures, as much as I am interested in finding out more about them, so I will take the Ramayana version that I have read at face value without debating the many aspects of it that I disagreed with.
That is better left to scholars. What I am here to talk about is films that use the theme of kidnapping and what happens to Sita after she get rescued. I don't watch many movies from the 80s and the 90s, which is a shame for this particular topic because I bet there is a wealth of references in those, what with 9 out of 10 films being love stories in those decades. But even if I restricted myself to the s there is still a cornucopia of references and interpretations, perhaps more than it would be fit for a religious story.
Before I even get to the films I can't help but point out that most mythical pairs of lovers are given a pretty straight-forward treatment in modern films. Take Romeo and Juliet for example: I swear I tried to resist posting a gratuitous shot of DiCaprio, but I can never win this one Or if we go further back in time to Tristan and Isolde, every modern adaptation has them going through the same trials and ending in the same place.
Orpheus and Eurydice are yet another example of mythical lovers whose fate has been reenacted many times we won't count Salman Rushdie's The Ground Beneath Her Feet, because the connection is loose at best with virtually the same result: Yes, we know, because there would be no story otherwise.
In the Bible there are few couples that can be seen as ideal lovers, with Adam and Eve being anything but ideal, and at any rate they are seen more as parents and family heads than as lovers.
And then of course Samson and Delilah as famous a pairing as they are, would have some serious trouble if they applied for the "ideal couple" designation.
There’s something about Sita
One thing is for sure though: However, not so with the Sita-Ram story. The more films I see referencing the Ramayana even if not always openly acknowledging itand specifically the love story part of it, the more twists and turns the original story takes. Out of the 8 movies I chose for this post, only one follows the story somewhat closely, but even that one adds its own footnotes thus giving it a whole new meaning. Which is somewhat baffling because in a society as irreligious as ours one would expect to find all kinds of reinterpretations of myths all over the place, while India strikes me as more conservative in the way of Gods and religion, and yet they come up with the most surprising Sure it's debatable whether or not Sita and Ram are seen as ideal lovers, and enough Desi people have told me that they are not, but from where I'm sitting, getting referenced in every other song about marriage and in every other movie about marital bliss puts them pretty high up on that pedestal.
And the reason for that is: Here's a closer look at each of them in no particular order. Khal Nayak Hindi, I have no idea why I even watched Khal Nayak all the way to the end, I suppose it was some sort of challenge I gave myself, but since I watched it, I was not going to leave it out even if it's from a decade I had no intention of including.
Khal Nayak tells the story of Ballu, a criminal who has so far managed to escape justice every time. Ram is the head of the secret police so secret in fact that he gives statements on TV regularly who is on his tail.
Ganga, played beautifully by Madhuri Dixit, is a jail supervisor and Ram's girlfriend, who decides to go undercover and join Ballu's gang to bring him to justice. After many read 3 hours worth of them over the top scenes and ridiculous displays of villainy usually punctuated by fake cackles and menacing zoom-ins of the villain's faceGanga ends up rescuing Ballu from an encounter with the police, because she has discovered the human being under the mask of the villain.
However that labels her as a traitor and lands her in jail. Ram, despite knowing her to be innocent, is ready to bow down to justice much like the original Ram to the "justice" of his people thus betraying her trust and their love. In this version of the story it is Ballu, the villain, who turns himself in and stands up for Ganga's purity in a speech that references the Ramayana more than once.
Tendencies to humanize the demon Raavan appear quite often in films, which is not very urprising considering there are apparently scores of interpretations that see him as a great leader of his people and a very learned man. In order to set a good example, however, Rama demanded that Sita prove her purity before he could take her back as his wife. Rama, Sita and Bharata are all examples of persons following their dharma.
Synopsis of the Ramayana Story 1. Dasharatha, King of Aydohya, has three wives and four sons. Rama is the eldest. His mother is Kaushalya.
Bharata is the son of his second and favorite wife, Queen Kaikeyi. The other two are twins, Lakshman and Shatrughna. Rama and Bharata are blue, perhaps indicating they were dark skinned or originally south Indian deities. When it was time for Sita to choose her bridegroom, at a ceremony called a swayamvara, the princes were asked to string a giant bow.
No one else can even lift the bow, but as Rama bends it, he not only strings it but breaks it in two. Sita indicates she has chosen Rama as her husband by putting a garland around his neck. The disappointed suitors watch. This plan fulfills the rules of dharma because an eldest son should rule and, if a son can take over one's responsibilities, one's last years may be spent in a search for moksha.
In addition, everyone loves Rama. However Rama's step-mother, the king's second wife, is not pleased. She wants her son, Bharata, to rule.
Because of an oath Dasharatha had made to her years before, she gets the king to agree to banish Rama for fourteen years and to crown Bharata, even though the king, on bended knee, begs her not to demand such things.A light moment between Ram & Sita - NDTV Ramayan
Broken-hearted, the devastated king cannot face Rama with the news and Kaikeyi must tell him. Sita convinces Rama that she belongs at his side and his brother Lakshman also begs to accompany them.
Rama, Sita and Lakshman set out for the forest. Bharata, whose mother's evil plot has won him the throne, is very upset when he finds out what has happened. Not for a moment does he consider breaking the rules of dharma and becoming king in Rama's place.
He goes to Rama's forest retreat and begs Rama to return and rule, but Rama refuses. Bharata then takes Rama's sandals saying, "I will put these on the throne, and every day I shall place the fruits of my work at the feet on my Lord. Rama and Lakshman destroy the rakshasas evil creatures who disturb the sages in their meditations.
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One day a rakshasa princess tries to seduce Rama, and Lakshmana wounds her and drives her away. If you do not believe me, look at her here. She had a slender waist, round breasts, lustrous, black hair, almond-shaped eyes, and soft, full, red lips. When she walked, it seemed like she was floating. Her presence brought the sun out and brought all the gods, including myself, to watch her. She is Goddess Laksmi! No more interruptions now.
One day, Rama was with his dear brother Lakshmana and his guru Viswamitra, when they all wandered into Mithila, the kingdom of King Janaka. Rama easily took the bow and did not only bend it, but snapped it into many pieces!
Rama wed Sita, which, in fact, was love at first sight. Trust me, I had nothing to do with it! They knew they would be together forever. After some shocking twists and turns, Rama and Sita ended up living in the jungles of Southern India.
One day, Ravana, the horrendous Demon King of Lanka, came to their cottage, and kidnapped Sita while Rama went to fetch a golden deer.
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Ravana took Sita to Lanka and demanded that she give into his desires. Sita firmly stood her ground and said she would always remain faithful to Rama. All the demons in Lanka would taunt and scare Sita, and Ravana could not bear the thought that he would never get what he wanted from her.
He was absolutely disgusting the way he kept after her!