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How Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama Inspired Hollywood

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Khushant Runghe
Khushant Runghe
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INDIA: The Ramayana has been adapted into several live-action and animated versions. But only Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana (1987) and Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama (1992) directed by Yugo Sako, Ram Mohan, and Koichi Saski have properly adapted the ancient Indian epic.

In 2022, India and Japan will commemorate 70 years of diplomatic relations. At the same time, the Japan Film Festival will be held in India.

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Apart from many films, everyone is eagerly waiting for Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama, which will be remastered in 4K with various advancements in animation details. The film was released in 1992 in Japan and America, but due to some controversy, it was not released in India.

Ramayana: An Inspiration for Zack Synder and Harry Potter films

Many Hollywood directors were inspired by this anime film, including Zack Synder, who directed 300 (2006), Watchmen (2009), Man of Steel (2013), Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and Justice League (2021). He stated on record that Ramayana inspired him, and he also used some scenes in his movie which were inspired by Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama.

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Leonidas motivates his companion in 300

There is a scene in the film 300 where Leonidas gives a speech to motivate his soldiers; this scene was directly inspired or borrowed from the Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama, where Bhagwan Ram addresses his companions and Vanar Sena.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire flying chariot scene

Even the Harry Potter series was not left out when it came to filming inspiration. The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire flying chariot scene was taken from the anime film.

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Wonder Woman chops off Doomsday’s limb in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

Another Zack Synder film and another Ramayana anime reference. Wonder Woman slashes through Doomsday’s leg in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. This scene is identical to the one in which Bhagwan Ram attacks Kumbhakaran’s legs with a sword.

The good news for Indian anime enthusiasts is that the film will finally be released this year. India and Japan will mark 70 years of diplomatic relations in 2022. The Japan Film Festival will be hosted in India at the same time.

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