Movie Review: Sita Sings the Blues

October 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

I saw “Sita Sings the Blues” yesterday and I loved it.

I was not very keen to watch that movie because it is an animation film and I am not a big fan of animation films.  I never find them interesting (except for Persepolis), but a few minutes into this movie and I was pleasantly surprised by the innovative way of story telling in context of animation cinema.  The high points of the film are the excellent narration and the style.

“Sita Sings the Blues” is an interpretation of an ancient Indian epic “Ramayana”.  It tells the story of the warrior king Rama and his relationship with his wife Sita, who he rejects (because a common man question her chastity),  breaking her heart. The epic has an important influence on Indian life and culture; characters Rama and Sita are fundamental to the spiritual consciousness of India. But this story is not the usual “Ramayana” that has been pounded into our minds since childhood, which depicted Rama as the virtuous king.  In fact, this story questions my beliefs and makes me ponder our reasons for worshipping Ram (who rejected Sita).

This is the story of Ramayana from Sita’s perspective. There is another story in the movie of “Nina” which is very similar to that of Sita.  Both of these women endured the pain of being away from their husbands and were betrayed in love.  The film is semi-autobiographical as the director’s marriage was also falling apart.

This is not the “Ramayana” I grew up with, but I like the director’s take on that great epic and I appreciate her efforts.  It is a fabulous, beautifully done movie.

Don’t miss it.  Check it out from our library!


Manju (Reference Librarian)


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