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tv Updated: Feb 04, 2009 15:22 IST
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The cast of Ramayan have a unique pastime.. they play cricket. All of them — Ram, Sita, Lakshman, even Raavan — readily wield a bat and ball whenever there’s a break in the shoot.

Guess the open set at Sagar’s Film City in Baroda provides enough room for a cricket pitch. The teams are set: Ram aka Gurmeet Chaudhary heads one while Sita aka Debina Bonnerjee, captains the other.

Why aren’t they both on the same team? Apparently because Bonnerjee is so bad at the sport that the only way she can play it is by becoming the captain. “I bully Akhilendra (Mishra) into taking to lead his team,” she giggles. Ironically, Mishra plays Raavan in the NDTV Imagine mythological show.

Chaudhary has bought a bat, three balls and even a set of wickets. The actors have even arranged for flood lights, so the game can continue even when the sun sets.