Prem Sagar On Dara Singh's Portrayal Of 'Hanuman' In 'Ramayan': 'The Man Could Not Eat Anything'

Prem Sagar reveals anecdotes about Dara Singh's portrayal of 'Hanuman' in Ramanand Sagar's 'Ramayan'.


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Prem Sagar On Dara Singh's Portrayal Of 'Hanuman' In 'Ramayan': 'The Man Could Not Eat Anything'

Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan has been one of the most loved and popular on-screen renditions of the renowned epic of the same name. While the show has gone off the air long time back, it is still hailed by the audiences, who can easily rewatch it any time. The show saw many talented actors, such as Dipika Chikhlia, Dara Singh, and Arun Govil, gain massive success. And now, Prem Sagar opened up on some unheard anecdotes about one of the actors from the show.

Prem Sagar recalls anecdotes about Dara Singh who, essayed the role of ‘Hanuman’ in Ramayan

In an interview with Lehren, Prem Sagar, son of legendary filmmaker, Ramanand Sagar revealed some anecdotes from the shooting of the iconic television series created by his father, Ramayan. He talked about the eminent actor, Dara Singh, who played the role of ‘Hanuman’ in the show and narrated how the actor needed a special stool to sit on. Elaborating more, Prem shared that once the actor wore the costume, he couldn’t sit properly with the tail prop attached to him and thus needed the special stool. Moreover, with the heavy makeup of ‘Hanuman’, he couldn’t eat and used to stay hungry for a long time. In his words:

“His make up would take almost three to four hours. There were no prosthetics that time and we had to match the look with Hanumanji. And then his tail. If he is wearing the tail, then where will he sit? There was a special stool for him, which had a cut, so that he could sit with his tail on. And once the mold was on his face, how would he eat his food? And the makeup would be done three hours prior to the shoot. So for almost eight to nine hours the man could not eat anything. That was dedication.”

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Prem Sagar remarks his father, Ramanand Sagar worked like a mad man

Speaking further in the interview, Prem Sagar opened up about his father, Ramanand Sagar. He remarked how the latter was so invested in the shooting procedure of the show that he would behave like a madman. He added that his father would change the dialogues overnight and work up the cameras at four in the morning. He said:

“Papaji (Ramanand Sagar) worked like a mad man. He would get a scene in his mind at night and change the dialogues. He would tell me to wake up everyone and we would turn on the cameras at four in the morning. It was a 24×7 process.”

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Prem Sagar talks about the hardships faced in shooting Ramayan

In the concluding segment of the interview, Prem Sagar divulged what was the most challenging part of shooting a series like Ramayan and mentioned that due to the unavailability of sound technology and devices, how much it was difficult to show the army of monkeys. He added that considering there were 500 monkeys to be shown, it would take a lot of time for their makeup to be completed. He revealed:

“The biggest problem was the monkey army. If you need 500 people for the vaanar sena, can you imagine how much time it would take for the makeup?”

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Dara Singh gave up non-vegetarian food while shooting for Ramayan

In an earlier interview with Koimoi, Dara Singh’s son, Vindu talked about his father portraying ‘Hanuman’ in Ramayan. The doting son revealed that his father gave up eating non-vegetarian food during the shooting of the series. He added that his father used to take an hour to get ready and only had coconut water and juice as a part of his lunch.

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