When a non-releasable warrant was issued against Mahabharat actor Puneet Issar for stripping Draupadi: ‘They said the scene hurt us’

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Puneet Issar, who played Duryodhan in Ravi Chopra’s BR and Mahabharat, had revealed an interesting anecdote related to a key incident in the 1988 show.

mahabharatPuneet Issar played Duryodhan in the show. (Picture: Sony TV, IMDb)

BR Chopra and Ravi Chopra’s cult show Mahabharat caused a stir when it first premiered in 1988. And its popularity grew with each passing episode. While the team behind the show has received huge love from the audience, they have also had to endure some difficulties with the series at times.

In a 2020 episode of Kapil Sharma Show, Puneet Issar, who played Duryodhan in Mahabharat, revealed that BR Chopra, Ravi Chopra, himself and a few other actors who were part of the Draupadi stripping scene had to pay a price for doing their job so well on screen.

‘Someone told us, ‘Aapke naam ka warrant nikla hai, non-releasable mandate (Someone filed a complaint against you in court, and there is now a non-releasable warrant issued against you). Someone from Benares said that the stripping of Drapuadi you did hurt us,” Puneet told Kapil when recounting the incident.

The actor said many of them were flabbergasted, but somehow BR Chopra and Ravi Chopra settled the matter. But the most surprising came later, 28 years later to be precise.

Puneet said: “28 years later the case reopened and we had to hire a lawyer to represent us. It appears that, uss band ko bottom photo khichani thi (This guy who filed a complaint against us, he only wanted a photo with the actors). The actor said that by the time they were done sorting through this whole mess, he thought they should have filed these complaints against Ved Vyas because he was the one who wrote the story in the first place: “Agar kisi ko pakdana hai to Ved Vyas ko pakdo, usne likhi hai.

Renu Chopra, the wife of the late Ravi Chopra, who had also graced the Kapil show, opened up about when they went to pitch the idea for the show to Doordarshan. She said the leader at the time had doubts about Rahi Masoom Raza writing the Mahabharat script, stating that how could he, being a Muslim, know anything about the Hindu epic. However, Ravi Chopra and BR Chopra insisted that Raza is a great writer and they wouldn’t do the show without him.

The original episodes of Mahabharat aired from 1988 to June 1990. The show had 94 episodes in total and was directed by BR and Ravi Chopra. It was written by Pandit Narendra Sharma and Rahi Masoom Raza.

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