VIDESHI APSARA IN DESI RAMLILA

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Namya Sinha ■namya.sinha@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Ramlila cel­e­bra­tions in Delhi will have a Euro­pean twist this year. For the first time ever, Pol­ishGer­man model and ac­tor Clau­dia Ciesla, will play the role of Rati at the Luv Kush Ram­leela. Ciesla says, “I wanted to take up some­thing as chal­leng­ing as per­form­ing in a Ramlila in front of a huge au­di­ence. This is the big­gest cel­e­bra­tion here and im­mensely pop­u­lar. I am ex­cited about the role and the dance forms that I will get to per­form. ”Talk­ing her about the char­ac­ter and the fact that she will have to de­liver di­a­logues in Hindi, she says, “Once I get the script, I will read more about Rati. Hindi isn’t a prob­lem for me be­cause I know the lan­guage.”

Held in the Walled City ev­ery year, this is for the first time, a for­eign ac­tor has been roped in to play a role in this folk re-en­act­ment of the life of Rama. Ashok Ag­gar­wal, pres­i­dent Lav Kush Ramlila Com­mit­tee says, “Rop­ing in pop­u­lar faces will make Ramlila pop­u­lar among the younger gen­er­a­tion. With Ciesla, it will reach even for­eign shores.” Other ac­tors per­form­ing in Ramlila in­clude Preeti Jhangiani, Shakti Kapoor and Pankaj Dheer

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