Ronit Roy plays Bhishma Pitamah

“Ronit Roy has been a favourite of Ekta Kapoor. Their professional relationship goes back a long way. The character of Bhishma Pitamah is the central character in Mahabharat. According to Ekta only Ronit can do justice to the role.”Ekta Kapoor’s Mahabharat is all set to unveil the biggest actors of the small screen donning the most talked-about characters in the mythological magnum opus. If sources are to be believed, the most loyal actors of Balaji Telefilms will feature in the show. Sources from the production house reveal that Ronit Roy has been chosen to portray Bhishma Pitamah in the show.

A mythological as big as Mahabharat is bound to be a big budget project and Ekta is not leaving any stone unturned to make it a mega-success. Our source adds, “Ekta Kapoor plans to make the Mahabharat on a massive scale and more opulent than the earlier Mahabharat.”

It may be recalled that Mukesh Khanna had played the character of Bhishma in BR Chopra’s Mahabharat. “Comparisons will be inevitable but Ronit will do his research and also interpret the character as written in the script. Ronit is completely charged to portray the character of Bhishmah Pitamah,” says the source.

Though Ekta remained unavailable for comment, a source from Balaji on condition of anonymity confirms that Ronit will play Bhishma Pitamah. “When Ekta Kapoor had approached Ronit Roy to play the role, he was more than willing to portray Bhishma Pitamah. He had said that Bhishma was his favourite character from Mahabharat and considered himself lucky to be getting to play this character.”

However, when contacted, Ronit Roy did not deny anything but added, “I would not like to comment on anything right now. We should wait for Ekta to make the formal announcement.” Well, get reading on your research Ronit, you’ve got a tall order to live up to!

Who was Bhishma Pitamah ?

Bhishma Pitamah was the youngest of son of Shantanu and Ganga. Few know that Bhishma’s real name was Devavrata. He came to be known as Bhishma because he took a Bhishma Pratigya-the vow of lifelong celibacy and service to whoever sat on the throne of his father. This gave him a place amongst the gods and he was granted a boon of Iccha Mrityu-control over his own death.

Report By:Kavita Shyam

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