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THE OTHER SIDE OF EVIL Narendra Jha as Ravan
THE OTHER SIDE OF EVIL Narendra Jha as Ravan

Narendra Jha talks about his role in the TV series, "Ravan"

Call up Narendra Jha and his baritone response at once makes you ask the actor whether the show producers have zeroed in on him to play Ravan only because of his voice. "Maybe the producers of the tele-serial thought of me because they needed someone with a good voice and clear diction to play Ravan." This post-graduate in history from New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University says he first thought of rejecting the role. "I was a little reluctant initially because I thought it would be another mythological serial but when I heard the story and the hard work put into it I couldn't say no." Having started last Saturday at 9 p.m. (ZEE TV), this one-hour weekly serial is written and researched by Chandan Singh. Jha says he has read a lot of books on Ravan including Valmiki's Ramayana as the series aims to show Ravan's journey as a man from mahamanav to mahadanav. "The idea is to see the man as a whole, the journey of his life," explains Jha.Appreciated for his role in serials like Shanti, and films like Fun2tosh, Kacchi Sadak and as Baji Rao in the Telugu film, Chakrapathi, Jha though got into acting just by chance. "I was a history student, I could have ended up teaching somewhere but one fine day I thought I should become an actor." SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY

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