November 4, 2015 4:36:19 am
After Arun Govil and Gurmeet Choudhary, it is actor Ashish Sharma’s turn to play God. And not just any – starting November 16, Sharma will don the role of Lord Ram on Star Plus’ new mythology line-up, Siya Ke Ram. That’s right, it is Sita who will be the prime focus of the show.
“Women will relate to Sita in more ways than one. She is multi-faceted and a woman of substance. Siya Ke Ram is the story of Sita and Ram as two equally strong individuals and I feel Ramayan is as much as Sita’s journey as it is Ram’s,” says Sharma, his show lending a new dimension to women empowerment. As for him, it was a yes from the beginning. The moment he was offered the show, he was game because ‘mythology as a theme provides a huge reach and range for an actor to enjoy’.
He agrees this is a story almost everyone in India has grown up on. Timeless and engaging, it is an inherent part of the Indian culture. Although this lad from Jaipur has grown up watching Govil play god, Sharma points out the new treatment of the story. “Ram’s godly aspect has always overshadowed the ‘manushya avatar’, his human side. Our show will journey with Ram from being a warrior prince to Lord Ram.”
Conceptualised by Aniruddh Pathak who brought Lord Shiva’s legend to television through Mahadev, Siya Ke Ram has been envisioned and created by renowned writers like Anand Neelakantan (author of Asura and Ajaya), Subrat Sinha along with creative consultant Devdutt Pattanaik, the man who has redefined mythology for Indians today.
Sharma, who has made his mark in shows like Gunaahon Ka Devta, Rangrasiya, Chandragupta Maurya, etc and acted in Dibakar Banerjee’s Love, Sex Aur Dokha, underwent seven months of training to prep up for this epic saga.
“I had to get more muscular to play a warrior prince, grow my hair, practice martial arts for the action scenes. I even read Tulsidas’s Ramayan to understand the Lord more,” he adds.
Featuring Madirakshi as Sita, the other actors include Dalip Tahhil as Dashrath, Bijay Anand as Janak, Grusha Kapoor as Kaikeyi and Karan Suchak as Lakshman.
Courtesy his writer father Ashwini Sharma, the actor is a fan of literary works, and feels Ramayan, too, is a piece of literature everyone must know. “If you ask me, I would love to see works like Sharat Chandra Chatterjee’s Badi Didi, Munshi Premchand’s Nirmala and Phanishwar Nath Renu’s Maila Anchal come alive on small screen,” says Sharma, who has been writing and directing, too. Recently, he directed 12 episodes of MTV web series, Saturday Night, Alright. “I would love to get behind the scenes, direct and write something that has a strong literary base for I feel people need to reconnect with their roots and literature that comes out of it, but right now, it is Siya Ke Ram,” he says.
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