How Kundalini Yoga got me sucked back into acting after 17 yearsBijay J Anand,
Twenty years ago, a very prominent director from India – Ravi Chopra – walked into a meeting that was being held for the final casting of his new project, Ramayan. As soon as he walked into the room full of around 25 of his team members, even before he had sat down, he said, “put Bijay’s name down for Laxman.”
The entire room reeled in shock. For two very good reasons. First of all, how do you cast Laxman, who is Rama’s brother, BEFORE you cast Rama himself? Secondly, they had collated hundreds of options to be discussed and deliberated upon for each character, so why cast someone arbitrarily?
Ravi Chopra had a one-line answer to all of their salvos, which shut them up in a hurry, and, I quote, “are you guys mad? Have you ever, ever in your entire life seen anyone as hot-tempered and aggressive as Bijay? Now just do as I say and put his name down. End of discussion.”