OG Sita Dipika Chikhlia On Adipurush Row: “Ramayana Is Not For Entertainment”

The Ramayana will not be for leisure and filmmakers ought to keep away from developing with new iterations each few years, says actor Dipika Chikhlia, who turned well-known for her position as Goddess Sita in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan 36 years in the past. Wading into the controversy over Adipurush, the movie directed by Om Raut and fronted by Prabhas and Kriti Sanon, she mentioned any sort of deviance from the Hindu epic will encounter criticism. “Every time it is going to come back on screen, be it for TV or movie, it is going to have something which is going to hurt people because you are not going to make a replica of the Ramayana that we made,” Chikhlia told PTI.

Adipurush a lavish multilingual retelling of the Ramayana, has come under attack for its dialogue, colloquial language and representation of some characters from the much-loved mythological epic. As attention again focused on various versions of the Ramayana – animated, small screen and big — Chikhlia shared a video of hers dressed as Sita in a hark back to the role that made her a household name in India of the late 80s.

“This post is on public demand. I’m grateful for the love I have always received for the role I played… Me… As sitaji… Could not have asked for more,” she captioned the clip on her official Instagram account.

According to her, every filmmaker has their perspective and they want to make something different.

“(But) what really pains me is why are we constantly trying to make Ramayana every year or two years. Ramayana is not (for) entertainment value; it is something that you learn from. It is a book which is being passed down to us by generations and this is what our ‘sanskars’ (values) are all about,” she said.

Chikhlia, 58, hasn’t watched Adipurush and, given the negative buzz, is unlikely to do so.

“Possibly that also clouded my judgment… I am shooting round-the-clock, so time is a big constraint for me. So, when I actually watch it, (then) I will possibly be in a better frame of mind to talk about Adipurush,” she said without divulging any details about her future projects.

“At this point, I have nothing to share. People are coming to me about it, the scenes and everything, and a lot of people from the press too, but I have no clue about it (the film),” Chikhlia, who joined politics after the success of the present and have become BJP MP FROM Baroda in 1991, mentioned. Recalling the 1987 Doordarshan serial, she mentioned the intention was by no means to earn cash.

“It was telecast on Doordarshan, and what kind of money does Doordarshan give you, even to actors and makers? So that Ramayan was not made for money.

“That must be defined to those who Ramayana is one thing you worship, you worship Lord Ram and Hanuman. These will not be your American superhero sort of a factor. These are folks, who we glance as much as. They’re a part of our historical past, they’re our ancestors and now we have to study from their life as a result of there’s lots of ‘seekh’ in that,” she added.

All of the actors on Ramayan did a superb job of portraying their characters with utmost honesty, which is among the explanation why viewers adore the present even immediately,” Chikhlia said.

The series featured Arun Govil as Lord Ram, Sunil Lahri as Lakshman with late actors Dara Singh and Arvind Trivedi essaying the roles of Hanuman and Ravana, respectively.

Chikhlia said it is not possible to recreate the magic of their show “as the times and the instances had been completely different”.

“No matter little physique of labor I’ve finished, like 50 to 60 movies Hindi and regional put collectively, folks nonetheless love me as ‘Sita’, every little thing else has been washed off as a result of I seemed convincing as Sita to folks,” Chikhlia, who has featured in movies reminiscent of Bala and Natsamrat, mentioned. 

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