The golden children of Bollywood, Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai, will now play Ram and Sita in Sanjay Khan’s upcoming project The Legend of Rama.
Zayed Khan will play Lakshman and Amitabh Bachchan will play Dashrath.
The Legend of Rama will be produced and directed by Sanjay Khan, who is Hrithik Roshan’s father-in-law and Zayed Khan’s father.
The Legend of Rama will be written by Sanjay Khan along with Farrukh Dhondy. Update: Hrithik Roshan sings for Kites movie
Farrukh Dhondy has been quoted as saying that The Legend of Rama will be a modernized version of the Ramayana, and that it will be the Ramayana in The Lord Of The Rings genre. He also added that the screenplay has the motion, motivation and movement of a Shakespearean play.
I don’t know if you have understand what that means, because I certainly haven’t.
Knowing Sanjay Khan’s penchant for laborious work (Abdullah, The Sword of Tipu Sultan TV series), I expect The Legend of Rama to be a pedestrian retelling of the story, that will trundle along in a beleaguered manner. The characters will be flat and unidimensional. Rama will be a goody-two-shoes, Lakshman even more so, and Sita’s bharatiya nari cloying martyrdom will make you gag.
Which is sad on two counts. One, that it will not explore the dark side of Rama, his doubts and insecurity; ditto for Lakshman. It will not probe Sita’s strength of mind.
Two, The Legend of Rama will be a waste of fine actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan, as also the chemistry between Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai as seen in Jodha Akbar and before that, Dhoom 2.
And what is with Zayed Khan playing Lakshman, or variations of Lakshman, in every second movie? In Main Hoon Na, his character is based on the Lakshmanesque loyal younger brother thing. He is even called Lakshman in the movie, for God’s sake. Then again, he plays the youngest brother in Yuvraaj, a story of three brothers.
Casting hasn’t been announced for Ravan’s character though. I won’t waste your time asking you who do you think should be cast as Ravan. I am sure they will predictably cast Boman Irani as Ravan, who will ham his way through the movie.
I wish someone would take the Mahabharata and the Ramayan and do something good with it. If nothing else, they could pick up Ashok Banker’s Ramayan. At least the characters have depth and the sci-fi take is very interesting.