It’s not just another re-telling. It’s the retelling of the Great Mahabharath without that mythological nonsense. People in this retelling behave, think and live like mortals. The devas are merely the hill folk with different traditions. Dharma, Maruth and Indra are the chieftains of the hill folk. And that’s all about the tradition of Niyoga. Krishna’s magic of saving Droupadi’s is not really required if Doupadi could stall the oncoming villain with the words. Is it? What do you think would exactly be the reaction of Duryodhana and Dussaasana if droupadi could say something like “dare to disrobe me if only you have the temerity to wage a ware with two of mighty kingdoms (Panchala & Yadava) whose rules are brothers (Drishtadyumna & Krishana respectively) to me”?