Going to see Avatar today and intrigued by the similarities between the look of the Na'vi and the depiction of Avatars in Indian Art. For a better look click on the picture (above) of a painting of Radha-Krishna alongside a still from the movie. Wonder if the the similarities stop at the surface level or go deeper? Will have to wait to see the movie to figure that out!!
The phenomenal success of the movie makes me wonder if Indian motifs are finally ready to go mainstream. That's very exciting for a fantasy/historical writer like myself who loves those themes/motifs. Another depiction of Krishna below.
Apologies for not siting sources. Will have to hunt down the images and give due credit ...
Hmmm ... now that I think of it, even Critter (see previous post) looks a bit like the Na'vi!! At least as far as the blue skin !