Ramlila celebrations in Delhi will have a European twist this year. For the first time ever, Polish-German model and actor Claudia Ciesla, will play the role of Rati at the Luv Kush Ramleela.
Speaking about her decision to be a part of the Ramleela, Ciesla says, “I wanted to take up something as challenging as performing in a Ramlila in front of a huge audience. This is the biggest celebration here and immensely popular. I am excited about the role and the dance forms that I will get to perform.”
On asking her about the character she is all set to play and the fact that she will have to deliver dialogues in Hindi, she says, “Once I get the script, I will read more about Rati. Hindi isn’t a problem for me because I know the language.”
Held in the Walled City every year, this is for the first time; a foreign actor has been roped in to play a role in this folk re-enactment of the life of Rama. Ashok Aggarwal, president Lav Kush Ramlila Committee says, “Roping in popular faces will make Ramlila popular among the younger generation. With Ciesla, it will reach even foreign shores.” This year the other actors to play roles in the Ramlila also include Preeti Jhangiani, Shakti Kapoor, Pankaj Dheer among others.