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Sunil Lahri Questions Ranbir Kapoor’s Casting as Lord Ram After Animal: “I Don’t Know How Much People Will Accept Him”

Following his intense role in Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Animal, Ranbir Kapoor is set to take on a vastly different character as Lord Ram in Nitesh Tiwari’s highly anticipated film Ramayana. While Kapoor is currently busy shooting for the film alongside lead co-star Sai Pallavi, television actor Sunil Lahri has expressed his doubts about Kapoor’s suitability for the role. Lahri, who famously portrayed Lakshman in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan during the 80s, shared his concerns in an interview with the Hindustan Times.

“From the poster, I liked his look. It’s very nice and since he’s so smart, he will look perfect in that role. But I don’t know how much people will accept him as Ram,” Lahri said. He elaborated on his point, suggesting that casting an actor without an existing image or “baggage” might have been a better choice. “No doubt Ranbir is a great actor with a big legacy of his family and work he has done. I’m sure he will do justice, but again, it is the perception of people that you can’t change.”

Lahri also compared Kapoor’s upcoming role with his previous one in Animal, where he played a violent character. “He has to crush his earlier performances and come out with this. And especially, after doing something like Animal recently, it will be very difficult for people to see him in such an opposite role as Lord Ram,” he added.

For those unaware, Arun Govil, who played the role of Lord Ram in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, will appear as King Dasharatha in the new film. Alongside Ranbir Kapoor as Lord Ram, Sai Pallavi has been cast as Goddess Sita, a role initially offered to Alia Bhatt, who reportedly had to opt out due to scheduling conflicts. The formidable role of Ravana will be portrayed by KGF fame Yash. The film will also feature Sunny Deol and Lara Dutta in significant roles.

With Ramayana featuring such a star-studded cast, the expectations are high. However, Sunil Lahri’s comments highlight the challenges Kapoor might face in transitioning from a role like Animal to the divine and revered character of Lord Ram. Fans and critics alike are eagerly waiting to see how Kapoor navigates this transformation and whether he can win over the audience in this iconic role.

Sources By Agencies

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