There has been an unpleasant twist in the tale for NDTV Imagine’s Ramayan — although an off-screen one. The costumes of the characters Sita and Ravana, worth Rs 5 lakh, were stolen from a Juhu boutique on Monday night.
Unidentified thieves broke into the showroom owned by designer Nisha Sagar and stole the expensive clothes and accessories. Nisha is the daughter-in-law of Ramanand Sagar, director of the original Ramayan to hit the small screen in 1987.
According to Nisha, who is in charge of designing costumes for the serial, she got a call on Tuesday morning from her boutique at Swastik Plaza, Juhu, saying that there was a break-in. The locks on the door and shutter were broken while expensive clothes, along with the costumes of Ramayan’s characters, were stolen.
“There was a saree that Sita wears in a scene after her wedding and also some accessories that Ravana wears when he abducts Sita. These alone cost more than Rs 3 lakh,” she said. “The thief tried to break open the cash locker as well but thankfully I don’t keep much money in the shop.”
The stolen costumes were scheduled to be used for forthcoming episodes. Four craftsmen are now busy recreating them to ensure that there is no disruption in shooting schedules.