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‘Siya Ke Ram’, slated for the small screen, offers a fresh look at the Ramayana

The story of Ram and Sita has been told and retold over generations, but a new TV show, ‘Siya Ke Ram’, is set to bring a fresh perspective on Ramayan. The story will be seen from Sita’s perspective. The Star Plus show’s cast was unveiled at an event at the Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, on October 28. “When it comes to mythological adaptations, we have always incorporated what is written, and not asked questions.



But with the changing times… the new generation today... are very rational. They want to know the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’,” said producer-director Nikhil Sinha.



The show will feature actors Dalip Tahil as Dashrath, Bijay Anand as Janak, Grusha Kapoor as Kaikeyi, Aashish Sharma as Ram, Karan Suchak as Lakshman, Bhargavi Chirmule as Sunaina, Snigdha Akolkar as Kaushalya and Sampada Vaze as Sumitra. Newcomer Madirakshi will be seen as Sita.



Given the creative masterminds who have worked on ‘Siya Ke Ram’, it seems like it will be a promising show.



It is conceptualised by Aniruddh Pathak, envisioned and created by Anand Neelkanthan, author of the book, ‘Asura.’ Devdutt Patnaik, author of ‘Shikhandi’ and ‘Sita’s Ramayana’, is the creative consultant.



“The facts of the show have been gathered by a research team, because we did not want to go wrong with this sensitive subject. We have taken it from the original story,” pointed out Sinha.



“Devdutt Patnaik is our philosophical guru… He has an important role in this show,” he added. ‘Siya Ke Ram’ also spells grandeur with its amazing graphics.



Dalip, who will portray the role of Sita’s father—in—law Dashrath, believes it is important to establish the kind of person Sita was. “Sita was not a doormat, she was an individual with independent thinking. She was a strong person,” he pointed out



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