Ramayan actors Dipika Chikhlia and Sunil Lahri faced quite a few challenges while shooting for the show in the ’80s. While Dipika has opened up about how she shot for almost half of the show while sitting under a tree, Sunil confessed suffering from multiple cuts on his fingers during the shooting of the war sequences.
On being asked about her thought process during the Ashok Vatika sequence, Dipika told Hindustan Times in a video chat, “It does get monotonous but as an actor that’s what your challenges are. You have to keep the continuity of the mood. It was a long stretch and went on for a very, very long time. Every time before the shot, the assistant director would say, ‘ab to neeche baedh jaiye (now you should sit down)’. As an actor that’s your input to bring in the character, make sure that you keep it alive and keep the thoughts behind. You go through the complete storyline every time you are sitting there. You just can’t be sitting like a wanderer, you have to keep the mood and everything that goes with it.”
Talking about shooting the war scenes, Sunil said, “We were not facing the enemy but had to imagine them and fight. We were fighting a war against the chroma most of the time. The opposite parties – the Raavan sena or Meghnath sena were rarely over there.”
“Arrows have sharp edges at the end and we used to shoot them, it used to leave cut marks on our hands. We had to be very careful while shooting the arrows, it was very challenging. Ramanand Sagar’s direction and the narration we received, it kept us motivated. I think we did a good job with it,” he added.
Source: Hindustan Times