Delhi’s Luv Kush Ramleela — to begin in October in Old Delhi — already had 60 Bollywood actors in its cast. And now, filmstar Ajay Devgn has been confirmed as a special guest who’d burn down the Ravana effigy on Dussehra — the eleventh day of the Ramlila.
“This year, we have invited Ajay Devgn. He looks cool and his family has an old connect with Delhi,” says Ashok Aggarwal, president, Luv Kush Ramleela Committee.
The organisers are sure that the actors presence will add thrill and action to the annual feature. “Everyone knows Ajay Devgn is good at action and we can’t deny that the large-scale Ramlila we’re planning will only be justified if a star of his stature burns the Ravana,” adds Aggarwal.
The organisers have also invited action directors from Mumbai to add live special effects to some sequences. “A team of sixty people will overlook the action drama. All the stunts will be conducted under the guidance of Kaushal Moses, who has worked in more than 300 Indian movies, including the recent Bajirao Mastani,” says Aggarwal.
He adds that for the first time, the demon character of Tadka will be burnt alive, and one can look forward to watch how Ravana offered his ten heads to impress Lord Shiva. “We want this Ramlila to look totally filmy,” adds Aggarwal.
For the lovers of culture, the visual treat will also have 12 dance groups from different parts of the country. This will be a total of 200 performers, who will set the stage on fire at the Ramlila staged near Red Fort every year.
And to add to realism, an artist from South Africa and one from Jharkhand will play Ahiravan (Ravana’s brother) and Nishadraj (king of the Bhil tribe).