‘Sita is not very talkative ...’

Juhi Chawla on the challenge of giving voice to Sita from the Ramayana

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Published: Sun 17 Oct 2010, 11:41 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:09 PM

JUHI CHAWLA, WHO has given the voiceover for Sita’s character in the new 3D animated film Ramayana - The Epic, says though she enjoyed the experience it proved a to be quite a challenge for her as well.

“Even though it is an animation film, I was privileged to give the voiceover for such a beautiful character. It didn’t take me more than two minutes to say yes. Only thing I was concerned about was that it should be a quality film - and it has really turned out to be one,” Juhi said.

“Our Hindi is becoming worse every day, and here is Ramayana where pure Hindi is used, so it took a little time getting used to that. In terms of dialogues, Sita didn’t have a lot to talk about. She is not very talkative as a character. But there were times when I have had to give take after take!” she added.

“It’s not like Sita fought wars, but she was a picture of beauty, dignity, patience, love and endurance. She has a quiet strength. She is not aggressive and has many beautiful qualities in her,” she added.

Sita, the wife of Ayodhya prince Lord Rama, is one of the principal characters in the Indian epic Ramayana.Even though Juhi has done many films like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Bol Radha Bol, Darr, Yes Boss, Ishq and Jhankaar Beats, she found the experience challenging.

“When you act in a film and you dub for it, the thing is you have already enacted that scene and now the whole challenge is to try and match it again.

“Here it was quite the other way around where I had no picture and the scene and situation had to be explained to me. Standing in a small cubicle, you should be able to imagine it from your heart. So it was quite challenging,” said the 42-year-old.

Produced by filmmaker Ketan Mehta under his banner Maya Digital Media, the film, directed by Chetan Desai, boasts of spectacular audio-visual experience far beyond anything ever attempted in India with skills and designs matching international standards

While Rama’s voiceover has been given by Manoj Bajpayee, Raavan’s voice is by Ashutosh Rana.

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