Sri Adi Shankaracharaya

National award winning movie Sri Adi Shankaracharya (1983), India’s first ever sanskrit movie. Based on the life and times of Sri Adi Shankara, the famous Indian philosopher and theologian, who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta and unifying and establishing the main currents of thought in Hinduism. (source wikipedia).

The movie traces his life from when he was very young, his father passes away, he goes away to lead a monastic life, learns under the teacher Govinda Bhagavadpada. He then goes about on a spiritual tour of the Indian continent, unifying the thought process on Hinduism. He then wrote copious commentaries on the vedic cannon of Brahm Sutras, Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita (source wikipedia). You need to watch the movie several times to understand its true meaning.

This movie by G.V. Iyer is absolutely breathtaking in all aspects. Though it starts very slowly and the Sanskrit is difficult to comprehend (thankfully there are superb sub-titles), as it goes along the beauty of the movie becomes evident. The direction, camera work, cinematography, picturization, sound, lights, background music and songs (both by the venerated late Dr. Balmurali Krishna in his mellifluous voice), audiography, dialogue, script, screenplay – all are breathtaking. It is a glorious work of art. There has to be lot of symbolisms and metaphors in the film, obviously we are referring to a lot of abstract principles, but G.V. Iyer has brought all the abstracts beautifully. It is a work of pure brilliance by an artist of highest standards. I have never seen a more technically brilliant movie by any other director than this one.

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