The Mahabharata (1989–1990)

Game of Dice 

Not Rated | | Drama, War | Episode aired 10 March 1990
The poet Vyasa tells a boy the story of his race, a story that leads to the birth of king Dhritharashtra and former king Pandu. Their children are raised together, but it is clear they don't really like each other.


Peter Brook


Jean-Claude Carrière (adaptation), Peter Brook (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Erika Alexander ... Madri / Hidimbi
Maurice Bénichou ... Kitchaka
Amba Bihler Amba Bihler ... Virata's daughter
Lou Elias Bihler Lou Elias Bihler ... Young Karna (as Lou Bihler)
Urs Bihler Urs Bihler ... Dushassana
Ryszard Cieslak Ryszard Cieslak ... Dhritharashtra
Georges Corraface ... Duryodhana
Jean-Paul Denizon Jean-Paul Denizon ... Nakula
Mamadou Dioumé Mamadou Dioumé ... Bhima
Miriam Goldschmidt Miriam Goldschmidt ... Kunti
Hapsari Hardjito Hapsari Hardjito ... Abhimanyu's wife
Nolan Hemmings Nolan Hemmings ... Abhimanyu
Kên Higelin Kên Higelin ... Deathless boy (as Ken Higelin)
Ciarán Hinds ... Ashwattaman
Gisèle Hogard Gisèle Hogard ... 1st princess


A boy suddenly stumbles upon an old man named Vyasa. He says he composed a great poem, but can't write it down. He tells the boy the poem is about him, his race. When the deity Ganesha arrives on the scene, Vyasa can finally immortalize the story that starts with his mother Satyavati. When the king casts an eye on her and wants to marry, she demands that only her children inherit the title. But the only child she delivers is a weakling, who dies on his wedding night. Vyasa decides to take matters in his own hand. He makes sure the two wives get a child, the blind Dhritharashtra and the pale Pandu. Pandu becomes king, but is forced to give the title to his brother after he was cursed. He can never make love, but with divine intervention his two wives get five sons. Dhritharashtra's wife Gandhara also gets children. The two groups are raised together, but from the beginning there is a lot of animosity. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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