Have you seen the for-ever-hit Telugu movie of the 1950’s Maya Bazar, and the dramatic scene wherein Abhimanyu, the son of Arjuna and Subhadra, encounters and fights with Ghatotkacha, the son of Bhima ( living in the forest with his mother, as the ruler of the forest) meet for the first time. This scene is memorable for the song picturised on the charioteer, carrying young Abhimanyu and his mother Subhadra through the demon-infested forest, the threats they face from the magic of the demon-subjects of Ghatotkacha), the heroics of Abhimanyu, the entry of the irritated Ghatotkacha,and the fight between the step brothers. It is all the more memorable for the way the valorous Subhadra (played by the great Rishyendramani, making you contemplate that she could have made a great Satyabhama, in her youth), picks up the gauntlet and threatens Ghatotkacha, (the incomparable S.V.Ranga Rao), who recognising the spirited lady as his great aunt and happily surrenders to her.
Here is a link to a blog post which shows this scene along with some other great scenes from the movie, Maya Bazar.
There is another such great and touching scene of two giants, two step brothers, I mean Bhima and Hanuman coming together for the first time , in the Himalayas.This is the story of the celestial flower, Sougandhika, (sweet-smelling). The story goes like this Draupadi catches a mysterious sweet celestial blossom, carried along by, who else, but the father of the stepbrothers, the Wing-God. She asks Bhima to get her some more such flowers, and the chvalrous Bhima goes to find and get the flowers or better still, the plant itself, How he meets his great step brother, the eternally-alive Hanuman,on the way, is a charming story in the Maha Bharata.
We had this story (Sougandhika apaharanam), in our Telugu poetry selection, in our school.
This episode also forms part of an old Telugu hit movie, ‘Pandava VanaVasam’, where- in, Savitri had enacted the role of Draupadi.
Check out this video, that shows a colourful Kathakali adaptation, “Kalyana Sougandhikam” of this story as a charming mime opera, on YouTube
Jai Bhima, Jai Bajraanga