The episode opens with Siddharth’s joy at his good friend and cousin Yashodhara’s arrival after 12 years to their kingdom. Siddharth expresses his desire to tour the kingdom but his father denies him. On Siddharth’s repeated insistence, Suddhodana reluctantly cedes to his request, but orders his ministers to decorate the path of his tour with flowers and smiling people hailing the prince. When Siddharth and Yashodhara start there tour through the city, they are obliged and fill up with pride seeing the happiness that prevails throughout.
Suddenly, cries are heard about a child having been killed by a leopard in the city. As Siddharth and Devdat, his cousin and rival, rush into the jungle to inquire about the incident, Siddharth find the child, bitten, lying on the ground. He rushes to take him to the palace for treatment, also extract from Devdat the promise that he would only capture and not kill the leopard.
When he brings the child into the palace and calls for the vaid (doctor), his father is offended and asks Siddharth to leave the child to be looked after by the servants, which he kindly refuses. The vaid appreciates the early care taken of the child and asserts that any lag could have proved fatal.
Being from a warrior clan, Siddharth’s care for fellow beings does not amuse Shuddhodhan, and he asks Siddharth why he didn’t go to hunt for the animal. Siddharth expresses views of non-violence and peace, which disappoint the king.
Devdat rushes into the hall and throws the head of the dead animal at Siddharth. The king is pleased, but Siddharth is furious and asks his cousin about the breach of promise. Devdat, vying for the thrown and rival to Siddharth, assets that being from a warrior clan, his job is not to spare a crimal, be it a man or an animal. Siddharth argues about whether mere doubt could lead to a being losing his life, and draws out a sword intending no harms, asking “What if I doubt you’ll attempt treason in the future?”
Siddharth is known for being very clode to his teacher, who influence most of his thoughts and ideology. His teacher is responsible for the immense intellect that he reflects, and he approaches his teacher with guilt of having tried to harm his brother, which his teacher relieves him of. The episode ends with Yashodhara making an emotional departure from Kapilavastu.
Himanshu Soni is flawless as prince Siddharth and will certainly make an excellent Gautama Buddha. The emotions that he reflects, along with his perpetual politeness and innocence, set him apart from other contrasting characters. Veteran Sameer Dharmadhikari too gives a superb performance as warrior king and father Shuddhodhan. Nigaar Khan, though, fails to impress, and looks less like a conspiring aunt and aspiring queen, and more like a regular daily soap vamp (read Urvashi Dholakia).
This episode is only as inspiring and innovative as all others of the series, and we hope the good work carries on.
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Video Source: Buddha : Episode 8 – October 27, 2013-zeetv