At this time, in Ayodhya, a fervour has erupted as people eagerly await the darshan of Lord Rama. Devotees are eager to travel to Ayodhya, drawn by the divine aura surrounding Rama.
The glory of Rama is such that crowds are being pulled towards the sacred city. However, did you know that the actors who have portrayed Lord Rama in Ramayana films and TV shows over the years have made significant sacrifices for their roles?
This is because the word "Rama" is deeply connected to people's faith in this character. Therefore, actors have had to bring changes in their behaviour to become Rama.
Whether it's Arun Govil or Prabhas, actors playing the role of Lord Rama have made various sacrifices. Let's explore what actors have done to portray the role of Lord Rama.
Arun Govil gained immense fame by portraying Lord Rama in Ramanand Sagar's Ramayana. Not only did he play the character of Lord Rama but also lived it.
He followed the principles associated with the character, which is why many people see Rama in him. Even after years, people still touch his feet considering him as Lord.
Arun made many sacrifices to reach this level. He used to have a craving for cigarettes. However, when a fan questioned him about smoking, saying, "We consider you as God, and here you are sitting and smoking?"
The fan's words deeply affected the actor, leading him to quit smoking for life. Playing the role of Rama brought Arun fame, but he had to maintain this image for years. He was typecast in the role of Rama, and fans didn't want to see him in any other role.
He had to reject offers for magazine photoshoots that were against the image of Rama.
After doing the Ramayana show, he became more spiritually inclined.
Gurmeet Choudhary gained fame from the serial Ramayan (2008). But do you know that the actor got this role because of his eyes? The show's producer, Anand Sagar, wanted an actor with beautiful eyes for the role.
After getting the role, Gurmeet grew his hair long for one and a half years. He stayed away from junk food and preferred eating home-cooked meals on set.
Even though the film Adipurush may not have been well-received by audiences, Prabhas dedicated himself entirely to the role of Lord Rama this movie.
Prabhas led a monk-like life until the completion of the film. During that time, he gave up alcohol and non-vegetarian food.
The actor also learned rock climbing, kickboxing, horseback riding, and sword fighting. He also worked on his physical appearance.
There are reports that director Nitesh Tiwari is also working on a Ramayana project. He has reportedly cast Ranbir Kapoor for the role of Lord Rama, although this has not been officially confirmed yet.
It is rumoured that during his portrayal of Lord Rama, the actor will give up alcohol and non-vegetarian food. He wants to feel as pure as Lord Sri Rama.
Ranbir will refrain from wild and late-night parties. It remains to be seen how much truth there is to Ranbir's transformation into Rama.