INDIAN SOCIETY has got into the habit of going after popular beliefs. Unfortunately, people never explore any mythological or religious literature beyond the most common epics.
Television actor Narein Jha said this while interacting with media persons during a visit to the City on Saturday to promote his serial Ravan telecast on Zee TV.
Jha said there are many mythological characters that are known only in the way shown on television or in films.
Historical documents always praise the ruler in power during that period of time, he added.
“It is something like every ruling party criticising the previous government and highlighting only the opposition’s weaknesses,” Jha said adding the character of Ravan is portrayed in a new way in this serial.
It is high time the people give way to new lines of thought and always leave some space for change of views in the society.
He, however, admitted that he too was unaware of Ravan’s complete story in the beginning and hesitated to accept the offer.
“With time, I realised that actors have to be open to new ideas. In present times, actors too have to read a lot about the character,” he said.
Veteran theatre artist Rajendra Gupta, who is playing the character of Somali (Ravan’s maternal grandfather in the serial) was of the opinion that this serial would teach the public to differentiate between a rebel and devil.
These days, there is lot of experimentation going on in films and television industry is also concentrating on innovations, he said.
About the manipulation factor, Gupta said little fiction has to be added for entertaining the masses and maintaining the continuity