As the production of ongoing TV shows and films have been stopped as a necessary precaution, television channels are banking on the re-run of old hit shows, and Ramayana and Mahabharat are amongst the most-watched shows. Recently, during an interview, Shaktimaan actor Mukesh Khanna, who also played the character of Bhishma in Mahabharat said that the rerun of old mythological shows will help people like Sonakshi Sinha learn about Indian mythology.
For the unversed, in the last season of Kaun Banega Crorepati hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, Sonakshi was called as a guest and asked a question on Ramayana, which she failed to answer. The actress was then massively trolled for her lack of knowledge about Indian mythology.
Actor Nitish Bharadwaj, who gained immense popularity playing the character of Krishna in B.R. Chopra’s Mahabharata, in a recent interaction with The Times Of India, took a slight dig at Mukesh Khanna’s comment for Sonakshi Sinha. The actor said, “I would like to tell my friend Mukesh Khanna that there may be a whole new generation that doesn’t know details of Indian heritage and its literature. It is not their fault. There was a sea change in India’s economic environment after 1992 that everyone started running the rat race, trying to make their careers and prosper financially. If at all we need to fault someone, which I don’t think is the answer, then it is the previous generation’s parents, who failed to expose their children to our heritage and literature. It is also due to our myopic educational system, implemented by the British during the Raj, which leaves no room for cultural and value-based education to be a part of our regular curriculum. The pressure on parents to put their children in after-school tuitions is so high that this additional spare time cannot be devoted to imparting religious values and texts to the children. Failure to change or modify this educational system has been the failure of most governments post 1947. Any effort made to the contrary is labelled as ‘religious fanaticism’. So there are many system related faults which have resulted in this syndrome.”
The actor added, “Why target Sonakshi alone? There’s always a better way to say the same thing. A balanced, soft and empathetic way; and it is received better too. Seniors seem worthy of respect if they walk the path of empathy.”