After fake news of the death of Arvind Trivedi, who played the character of Raavan in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, started doing rounds on the internet, his co-star Sunil Lahri took to Instagram to quash the rumours. Lahri, who played the role of Lakshman in the show, shared a picture with Trivedi and said he is fine. Sunil Lahri asked people not to share fake news.
In his Instagram post, Sunil Lahri in Hindi wrote, "Nowadays, we keep hearing bad news because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this time, it was fake news about Arvind Trivedi ji (Raavan). I request those who are spreading such false rumours to refrain from doing so… By God’s grace, Arvind ji is fine and I pray that God always keeps him healthy.”
However, this is not the first time that fake news of Arvind Trivedi's death surfaced online. Last year, similar news had done rounds on internet and at that time, his nephew, Kaustubh Trivedi had clarified that his uncle is alive.
"Dear all my uncle Arvind Trivedi lankesh is all good and safe. Stop spreading fake news it is request. Now please spread this. Thanks," Kaustubh wrote on Twitter.
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Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan had first aired on Doordarshan in 1987 and made a comeback to Indian televisions last year, when the nationwide lockdown was implemented. The show has started airing on TV again and telecasts at 7 pm on Star Bharat every day.
Apart from Sunil Lahri and Arvind Trivedi, the show starred Dipika Chikhlia as Sita and Arun Govil as Rama, and Dara Singh as Hanuman.