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'Ramayan’ on Zee TV
Zee TV has launched a family favourite and the country’s most revered mythological series ‘Ramayan’.
While the other characters were finalised well in advance, the quest for the perfect casting of Ram and Sita was on for months with several actors in the television fraternity auditioning for the lead roles.
After months of speculation about who will land the much-coveted roles, the channel has announced that actors Gagan Malik and Neha Sargam have been roped in to play Lord Ram and Sita respectively.
Actor Neil Bhatt who shot to fame as Abhi in Zee TV’s 12/24 Karol Bagh will be playing Lakshman. They will make their first appearance on the show in this Sunday’s episode (2nd September) at 11am.
Ramayan is fundamental to the cultural fabric of India. Lord Ram and Sita are embodiments of the ideal son and the ideal wife.
They have been enshrined over the centuries and worshipped, making the casting of Ram and Sita an extremely critical choice.
Gagan Malik said, “I am only beginning to fathom the immense responsibility entrusted to me while being signed on for the role of Ram.
"I consider myself deeply fortunate to have been selected for this prestigious role and would like to thank Zee TV for this lifetime opportunity. Playing Ram, unlike any other character I have played so far, requires a great deal of preparation, be it in terms of reading up on the finer nuances of the Ramcharitamanas or studying and imbibing everything that Ram stood for.
"As an actor, it will be my endeavor to get the body language, the demeanour, the tonal quality of my voice and the diction right. I am really hoping that the viewers will appreciate my work!".
The show’s leading lady Neha Sargam was last seen in a cameo on Zee TV’s ‘Punarvivaah’. Neha said, “As a little girl, I remember my grandmother telling us stories from the ‘Ramayan’. She would tell us sisters about how each of us should strive to emulate Sita when we grow up.
"While I don’t know if I have been successful in emulating Sita’s virtues in my personal life, landing this role is the closest I will ever get to living out my granny’s dream for all of us.
"So I dedicate this role to my grandmother. I look forward to the day when my performance appeals so much to the audience that they only see me as Sita and shower me with love!”.
Ramayan, an eternal classic, every Sunday at 11 AM, on Zee TV – Sky 788.