But some lessons one can takeaway from this.
- Even the 'good guys' play bad:- vote rigging, murders, suppressing dissent(thus provoking cousins to revolt), tampering with electoral nominations, false promises
- Playing to the gallery:- The public court was used to great effect in the film('janata ki adalat') and it applies even more in this media savvy age
- Organization counts:- Nana Patekar's character proved the difference between the two warring families, as he supplied the cash/brainpower/organizational on ground power. He played the dual role of Shakuni(supporting his nephews, grey area) and Krishna(convincing his nephew Samar to shoot the character representing Karna).
- You get burnt if you play with fire:- Entering politics(or business for that matter) means your actions will be endlessly scrutinized. Personal and business attacks become part with the course.
- Crush the enemy even after an overwhelming win:- In the film, even on the eve of the landslide victory, the enemy is lured to its death. This ensures no lose ends. Even in life, going that last 1% is important('attention to detail'!) to ensure 'no comebacks'.
- Good and bad is shades of grey: Most versions of the Mahabharata(barring Ira Pande's Yuganta) lionize the winners(Pandavas) at the expense of the losers. Prakash Jha's sensitive shooting and plot, does show the viewers that injustice was done on both sides, and that it is the winner that dictates the history books!