Ramayan’s Sita would have been in place of Mandakini in Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Raj Kapoor had rejected her, she said- I was surprised when…

Who doesn’t know Deepika Chikhalia today… 36 years ago, she became known in every household by playing the role of Sita in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana. Although her career flourished in TV, she could not make a mark in Bollywood. Meanwhile, in an interview given to Dainik Bhaskar, the actress revealed that she had approached Raj Kapoor for the lead role in the 1985 film Ram Teri Ganga Maili. But she was rejected due to her age.

In the interview, the actress said, in those days I was doing small second person roles. As a heroine, I was doing small films, which I was not happy with. I felt that I was getting away from the industry. Raj Kapoor’s daughter Reema’s best friend was my father’s friend. He told me that Raj Kapoor was looking for a new face for the film and could talk to him.

On the reason for rejection by Raj Kapoor, the actress said, I went to meet Raj Kapoor. He asked my age. I was 17 years old. He said you are very young. Let me tell you. After this, when the film was released, there was a lot of controversy regarding actress Mandakini’s breastfeeding and bathing scene in a transparent saree, due to which she realized that being rejected proved to be a blessing for her. The actress said, I went to see the film with my mother and was shocked. I thought thank God that the matter did not proceed further. Otherwise how could I have refused. I realized that if I had done Ram Teri Ganga Maili, I would never have been able to become Sita of Ramayana.

It is worth noting that Raj Kapoor’s last film was Ram Teri Ganga Maili, in which Rajiv Kapoor and Mandakini were seen in the lead roles. Despite the film controversy, the film was the highest grossing Indian film of the year and also won five Filmfare Awards.

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