Ramayan the beloved serial on Indian nationwide tv Doordarshan, which dominated the charts for a one-and-a-half-years from January 1987, is being introduced again from Saturday, March 28. Two episodes can be aired every single day, one within the morning at 9 am and the opposite at 9 pm.
The choice has been taken in view of the quickly dwindling unique new content material on Indian satellite tv for pc tv because of the Coronavirus.
A supply near Doordarshan that I spoke to says the choice was taken on the highest degree. “That is Doordarshan’s probability to revive its misplaced glory. It’s additionally a chance for Indians locked away of their houses to reclaim one in every of their most beloved holy scriptures. The choice was taken by the honourable minister of Data & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, because it was felt that the shortage of latest fiction content material on the home-viewing medium could possibly be adequately stuffed by Ramayan.”
Ramayan was conceived by veteran filmmaker the late Ramanand Sagar who wrote the screenplay for the televised adaptation. The sequence working into 78 episodes of 35 minutes every featured Arun Govil and Deepika Chikhali as Rama and Sita. The sequence was phenomenal hit on telecast. Govil and Chikhali had been worshipped like actual deities wherever they went.
In a dialog with me a few years in the past Ramanand Sagar had mentioned, “In my whole profession as a filmmaker I had by no means seen an affect equal to the mass hysteria that Ramayan generated.Your complete Indian inhabitants was mesmerized. Each Sunday morning when Ramayan was telecast the streets can be utterly abandoned. Everybody was at dwelling bathed and able to watch the serial.”
Paradoxically the identical state of affairs now exists. The roads are emptied out, although not solely on Sundays, each single day of the week for 3 weeks because the nation is locked down for Coronavirus.
That is the place Doordarshan hopes to strike gold and revive its misplaced glory with essentially the most profitable sequence ever aired on Indian tv.
One hears plans are additionally afoot to telecast B R Chopra’s Mahabharat which additionally created historical past on Doordarshan when aired in 1988.
Baabul Supriyo, singer, actor and Minister of State for Setting, Forest and Local weather Change feels telecasting Ramayan is a masterstroke.
Says Baabul, “It is a superb transfer by the I&B ministry, it can assist the older era cross their time and children get a glimpse of essentially the most celebrated epics. Indian tradition triumphs even when they catch them in bits and items.”
The Central Minister takes a potshot on the Opposition. “The Congress is feeling helpless and bankrupt politically after seeing how successfully our Honourable PM is main from the entrance and I’m certain they don’t have anything to crib about after the financial packages introduced by the Honourable FM on Thursday and by the RBI on Friday… therefore they’re resorting to those petty politics! Query is why wasn’t Ramayan or Mahabharata an issue throughout its inception within the 1980s and why is it an issue immediately? Rahul Gandhi is most welcome to skip Ramayan and watch the channel of his selection. However please maintain quiet.”