Realising a villainous dream

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Realising a villainous dream

“When I was in Madhya Pradesh in my growing up days, I used to perform in Ramleela. But then I was too young to play Ravan, which is a matured character. However, I always wanted to do it. Thanks to this movie, I can now realise my childhood dream of playing the villainous king,” said Ashutosh.

The actor, who has left a mark playing the bad guy in films like Sangharsh and Dushman, wants his voice to remain in people's minds through this animated version of the epic.
“The face of characters may keep on changing, but the voice remains in public memory for long. The challenge of lending my voice to the character of Ravan was even more as mavericks like Manoj Bajpai and Juhi Chawla were dubbing for Ram and Sita respectively,” said Ashutosh.

“To accentuate the character of Ram, it is essential that Ravan too is 'played' meticulously. They both share an 'unusual chemistry'. As for Ravan, it is a character which is contemporary in every age,” he added.

To a query whether he wants the audiences to love or hate him in Ramayan, he said epics are not to be liked or disliked. “Epics are epics. They are to be accepted as they are.” On his fewer big screen outings of late, Ashutosh said he is doing at least one or two movies annually.

“I did Summer 2007, Awarapan and Coffee House. They were all different and good characters. If you are talking about some dhamakedar character, then they are always far and between,” Ashutosh said. Currently, the actor is back on the small screen after his reality show Sarkar Ki Duniya. Upbeat over the overwhelming response to Kali, Ashutosh, who is married to actress Renuka Sahane, quipped, “The importance of TV and biwi (a wife) is unparalleled in our lives.”

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