sita sings the blues

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 Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues is a beautiful little animated film, a film inspired by the agony of sita in Ramayana but recrafted with a autobiographical touch by the director. The story cuts through the directors own life (she was divorced by her husband to whom she is devoted.  He moved to india from Newyork and then emailed  her asking to end their marriage) and the ancient epic Ramayana where in the sita under goes the ordeal of being abandoned by her husband Rama.09sitacriesariver

The film gives critical analysis of the life of both the women who represent two milieu and two cultures but are driven by a same passion- an ultimate devotion and longing for the husbands who abandoned them. The parallels’ are drawn between the two women and their sufferings that transcends the cultural barriers and the oblivion of time.

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The film has good songs that are used as a tool by the director to reflect her angst and revolt against the predicaments they faced. The three characters in the movie critically analyses the tale of Ramayana from seeta’s perspective and  the epic is retold here by the director.

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