Ramanand Sagar's mythological show, Ramayan lead actors, Dipika Chikhlia, Arun Govil and Sunil Lahri have once again gained popularity, thanks to Doordarshan for re-airing the show. The actors are quite active on social media and are often seen sharing throwback or BTS stories from their show. They also thanked their fans for their love as the show created history by breaking TRP records. Recently, Dipika interacted with the media over a Zoom call and spoke about the difference between 1987 and 2020 audience's reactions. The actress said that today's audiences accepted her as an actor and not just as a beautiful face or God, for which she is indebted.
Dipika Doesn’t Mind Being Stereotyped
The actress said that she doesn't mind being stereotyped and being remembered as Sita was okay, but being remembered a beautiful face bothered her.
Dipika Says She’s Indebted To Today's Audiences As They Accepted Her As An Actor
Dipika was quoted by India Today as saying, "Yeh baat ki takleef nahi hui ki main stereotype ho gayi. Mujhe hamesha iss baat ki takleef thi ki logon ne jab mujhe yaad kiya, sirf meri sundarta dekhi. That kind of always bothered me. But this time, people have seen me as a performer. I am hugely indebted to the audience of today that you've seen me as a performer apart from the fact that I looked good in Ramayan."
The Actress Added…
"Earlier, wherever we went, people used to worship us, welcome us with garlands, fall at our feet. They used to treat us like gods. This is not normal for a human being, that from an actor you straightaway become a god. But we lived with it. We lived with the role, the sentiments, responsibilities, sab kuch achha laga. But, this time, when Ramayan returned, we had no inkling that we would get such a huge response. This time, the reaction is very different. We were accepted as actors.
‘This Generation Has Realised That This Is Acting’
She feels that this generation has realised that this is acting and people liked them because it was very well directed, executed and performed. Hence, she feels that differentiating God from performers, has come across very clearly, and that has been very good for all of them (Ramayan actors).
After Doordarshan, Star Plus is now re-airing Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan.