Metaphors in the Film
I loved the metaphors in the film, though my poor understanding of the epics left me confused about some:
For example, does anyone fully understand the recurring presence of monkeys in the film? Right from the start they've populated shots in the film, in the beginning in the form of actors who were dressed up as mythological warrior-monkeys accompanying Sita. Then there was that political speech where Prithvi Bana pulls out a simian mask and suggests wearing it instead of 'gulaal' at the Rajputana gatherings. He says the Rajputs will then truly be one race - a hidden, united and potent force. The irony in his claims are of course quite evident (the Rajputs are behaving like monkeys by unquestioningly and unthinkingly aping their Senapati) but I feel this also ties in with a larger metaphor that may have something to do with Hanuman rescuing a burning Lanka. Could someone please clarify? Or am I being over-analytical?
Also, there was the Karan-Kiran theme. That draws from the Mahabharat too, right, with the illegitimate prince struggling for his rightful throne. Where does Kiran come in there?