Posted: 23 June 2011 at 11:17am | IP Logged
Ashwin as Hanuman in 'Bajrangbali'
Thursday, June 02, 2011
By Sandeep Hattangadi
Ashwin Verma aka Ashwin Krishna is one of the Delhi actors who swarmed to tinsel-ville everyday with stars in their eyes
and today he is doing a role of a lifetime in the prestigious Sagar
Art's banner magnum opus mythological show 'Jai Jai Jai Bajrangbali'.
Hanuman is one of the most popular characters in Indian mythology and is revered universally as the monkey-god and so we spoke to Ashwin about his thoughts on the portrayal of this popular character. Some excerpts.
- Hanuman has been an integral part of the Ramayan. So how different will this show be?
The daily soap produced by Anand Sagar and Jyoti Sagar and directed by Prem Sagar tells the story of Hanuman and the purpose of his coming to the mortal world as the eleventh Rudra avtar of Shiva.
Hanuman's life and service
to mankind in delivering the world from the atrocities of invincible
demons like Ravan and all such mortal agonies as disease and evil
influences as an avtar of Shiva forms the central
idea of the script of 'Jai Jai Jai Bajrangbali', the lavishly mounted
serial from the family of Sagars known for such outstanding works as
Ramayan, listed as the world's most viewed mythological soap in the
Limca Book of World Records.
- Why is Hanuman so worshipped?
Hanuman is believed to be living even today, responding to the call of his unconditional believers. Perhaps that is why.
- How is it like working with the first family of mythologicals, the Sagars?
It has been a most satisfying experience. I have known them over the
years especially the director Shiv Sagar, grandson of Ramanand Sagar,
who will unfurl the flag of
Sagars honorably with his storytelling and technical expertise. Prem
Sagar too is an accomplished technician. Our cameramen have captured
the rugged and majestic beauty of the places including Kishkinda
(Hammipur, Belur), Anganwadi, Varanasi etc., which are described in
Tulsidas Ramayan. We have lavish settings and beautiful outdoors in the
- Veteran star Dara Singh and his son Vindoo Dara Singh have played Hanuman successfully.
Yes. I can't match upto them especially Darasinghji who immortalised
Hanuman in the first version of Ramayana made by the Sagars for DD.
- Have you had any acting experience?
I have been active on the theater circuit in Delhi for 15 years and have done theatre in Prithvi too and have worked in serials on Color and Star Plus.
- How about co-stars in 'Bajrangbali'?
We have a great bunch of actors who live like a family and create good content.
- Any inspirations in acting?
Yes. I try to be like my acting idols Dilip Kumar and Amitabh
Bachchan. And SRK, who, like me came from Delhi stage and made it big,
is my inspiration.
Edited by Sidda8 - 23 June 2011 at 11:18am