Arun Govil’s statement about not receiving any award for Ramayan recently went viral, making fans trend #AwardforRamayan. While that’s about Ram, Sita recalled the moment when the cast was felicitated for the first time. Though not exactly a state honour as her co-star referred to, Dipika Chikhalia felt it was equivalent to ‘creating history.’
Dipika took to her Instagram handle to share a picture of the team, including Arun Govil, director Ramanand Sagar along with former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The actor recalled that day she felt that the stars were part of a ‘legacy’ of Ramayan, when he received a call from Delhi to meet the Prime Minister.
This is the 1st time we were felicitated ....we realized we were a part of a legacy Ramayan ..we created history ...remember the day vividly when we got a call from delhi to meet the PM ...#rajivgandhi#feliciate#delhji#ramayan#ramayanworld#sagarworld#shivsagar#lockdowndisriessa
The record-breaking return of Ramayan to keep audiences occupied amid the national lockdown has made Dipika and the other stars of the ‘80s-’90s show household names again. Many of Dipika’s pictures have been going viral.
Though she posted with a Congress leader here, she had contested on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket for the Baroda assembly constituency in 1990. She had also won the elections and recently her pictures with another former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, current PM Narendra Modi and veteran BJP leader LK Advani had gone viral.
An old pic when I stood for election from baroda now called as Vadodara extreme right is our PM narendra modi ji nxt to hom was LK Advaniji and me and nalin bhatt in charge of the election @narendramodi @pmo#lkadvani##contest#election#ramayan pic.twitter.com/H5PsttaodC— Dipika Chikhlia Topiwala (@ChikhliaDipika) April 12, 2020
Incidentally, even Rajeev Khandelwal had recently posted a pic with Rajiv Gandhi, reminiscing being awared by the former PM for a school’s essay-writing competition.
When a schoolboy gets to meet the Prime Minister of the country :) The picture may be irrelevant today but the subject for which I got the award remains very relevant. ‘War begins in the minds of men’ is what I wrote my essay on and stood second in All India Essay writing competition back in the day. #throwback
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