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  Author Name : K Ramesh Babu Posted on : July-7-2009 Total Hits: 3420
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Recently Big B has rendered an ever best acting in The King Lear as performing a stage actor directed by Rituparno Ghosh.


Indian films are for a long time has been influenced by various sources sans foreign – imported story lines written by famous literary persons.  


India has a rich past leaving with enormous wealth of literature since from the ancient times. Both North and South India had versatile literary works under the patronage of kings and small rulers. Each work has immense quality to be made as a full length film and in the past they remained as traditional or folk oratories over the generations. 


For example Tamil tale of Southern region Madurai Veeran is an ancestral belief in folk god who was punished for wrong reasons but died in serving the king in true spirit and sacrificed his life. 


Another example is Anarkali story of Mughal period which describes the divine love between the prince and a court dancer.


There is another unique love which dates two thousand years back of loving without knowing the person each other has been taken as a film and received best Tamil film and best director of the year as well. The film Kathal Kottai was a Box Office Hit in Tamil too. Another love story between a princess and a poet who was asked to instruct her is punished for falling love with her, was well illustrated in the old Tamil flick 'Ambikapathi'.    


Branch stories of epics Ramayana and Mahabharata such like Vaali's story and Karna's friendship has been depicted totally in many Woods.


Hence it is not external influences that alone add creativity in the Indian film domain; our rich tradition and history too have contributed heavily.


Historical events too were well covered in such stories of Sivaji and Asoka and Akbar etc. including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Marathi regional versions about their respective kings and their fame.    


Recent imagines of Kalapani, Indian, Lagaan deal with British-India rule and struggle by our forefathers against the Junta-Union Jack.


Contemporary political and social struggles are also pictured to portray some evils still that plague our country. The story of Phoolan Devi, Firaaq, Maachis add third person dimensions to the problems.  


Terrorism which is a very recent external influence is also widely treated by our directors to make a positive intervention towards the menace.

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