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Zee to explore other side of 'dreaded' Ravan

Zee TV's new serial Ravan, in which Narendra Jha plays the protagonist, will reinterpret the mythological figure.

india Updated: Nov 17, 2006 15:23 IST

Beginning this weekend, Zee TV is all set to turn into another mythological venture with their new series Ravan, but it is not an ordinary epic tale.

Ravan is projected as an evil in Ramayana but Zee TV's Ravan, in which Narendra Jha plays the main lead, will bring forth the other facet of his personality.

"So far, we've only seen Ravan as the ultimate villain. There was a motive and a design behind everything that Ravan did. The serial will attempt to expose the other hitherto - unknown side of Ravan's personality," Ashish Kaul of Zee told IANS.

However, there is a risk of turning the ultimate villain into a hero.

"We are aware of this. But surely the audience is now ready for revisionist interpretations of the scriptures. We don't mean to disrespect any of our icons. But many Hindus believe that Ravan is thoroughly misunderstood," said Kaul.

"Do you remember the time when the roads used to be deserted during the telecast of Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan? We can't hope for the same impact. But we do hope to revive the era of the mythologicals on television," he added.

Narendra is excited at the opportunity to portray one of Hindu religion's most dreaded antagonists.

First Published: Nov 17, 2006 14:53 IST