Mahabharat actor Varsha Usgaonkar revisits the 1988 epic show


The epic TV show had a team of great talents working on it. Actor Varsha Usgaonkar, who played Uttara in Mahabharat, follows it daily and also wants today’s generation to watch it. Mahabharat is also about conspiracy, morals and principles. Written by Arushi Jain
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Published: May 20, 2020 1:12:09 pm

Varsha Usgaonkar as Uttara in BR Chopra’s Mahabharat. He kept my spirits up throughout my journey of Mahabharat.”
What further made Usgaonkar’s work easier was her strong bond with director Ravi Chopra and the rest of the cast. The shlokas used in the show have a deep meaning and one should practice chanting them at home for meditation and peace of mind.”
In Usgaonkar’s view, what makes Mahabharat special even today is its simplicity. I was extremely nervous when I went to his home for rehearsals, but he made me very comfortable. I also bonded well with Nitish Bhardwaj who played Krishna. “The USP of the show is its simplicity. Ravi Chopra ji presented the show in a very authentic way, because of which the show is a hit today even after 30 years,” she said. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. The show returned during the lockdown, first on Doordarshan and then on Colors. We got along well as both of us were from the Marathi film industry. Recalling her experience, she shared, “Gopi Krishna, who was a fantastic dancer and an amazing actor, was my choreographer in Mahabharat. The makers stuck to the script and did not divert from the original material. He was very jovial and we all were like a family on the sets. She said, “I shared a strong bond with Ravi Chopra ji. The ambience in his studio motivated me, and we completed rehearsals in merely three days. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd Since we had done three films together, we had a lot of common things to chat about. She feels, “The show teaches you how to lead a good life, how to overcome obstacles, and how to remain strong. He was very considerate and an extremely kind person. The 1988 epic show Mahabharat produced and directed by late filmmaker BR Chopra and his son Ravi Chopra, was the most loved TV show back in the day. Also, since most of my scenes were with the Pandavas, I got along well with Arjun Firoz (Khan) ji, Puneet (Issar) ji and Roopa (Ganguly) ji.”
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Renowned Urdu poet Rahi Masoom Raza wrote the screenplay and popular music composer Raj Kamal worked on its music. Varsha Usgaonkar took training in classical dance for Mahabharat. Watching it every evening has become a routine not only for the Indian TV audience but also for the actors who worked on it.