BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: When the cast of Ramayan which literally changed the course of the television viewing forever, reappeared on TV at The Kapil Sharma Show, very few knew how shocking revelations would come to the fore.
The cast of the popular TV series, which aired on Doordarshan in 1987-88, revealed that they had been approached by magazines for doing racy photoshoots. It seems rather ironic because the serial was based on one of India’s epics and Ram is considered to be an avatar of Vishnu. Now, if actors portraying godly figures were seen in racy photographs, imagine the furore that would have caused.
“While we were shooting for Ramayan, a lot of renowned magazines approached me and the other cast members to do sensuous photoshoots for them. They were so desperate that they were ready to pay hefty amounts of money for it. But none of us accepted their offers and we believed that our audiences` look up to and rest their faith in us. We could never take the chance of breaking their trust for money,” said Arun Govil, who portrayed the role of Ram in the serial. Others present on Kapil Sharma’s show were his co-stars Deepika Chikhalia, Sunil Lahri and producer Subhash Sagar.