On public demand, 'Ramayan' to air on Doordarshan again
Ramanand Sagar's iconic television series, Ramayan, which kept all Indian families glued to their television sets every Sunday morning in the late 1980s, is coming back to the small screen. After popular demand, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar confirmed that the mega-series will be re-telecast on DD National starting Saturday, March 28. Here's more on this.
Since India is under an unprecedented 21-day lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic, most people are confined to their homes and have been demanding a re-telecast of this series. Now, a day after Prasar Bharti CEO hinted at a plausible comeback, Javadekar confirmed it. He said one episode will air between 9 am and 10 am and another between 9 pm to 10 pm.
Happy to announce that on public demand, we are starting retelecast of 'Ramayana' from tomorrow, Saturday March 28 in DD National, One episode in morning 9 am to 10 am, another in the evening 9 pm to 10 pm.@narendramodi— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) March 27, 2020
Based on the eponymous epic Hindu text, Ramayan, which originally aired on Doordarshan during 1987-1988, was heavily popular that time. It starred Arun Govil as Ram, Deepika Chikhalia as Sita, Sunil Lahri as Lakshman, Arvind Trivedi as Ravana, while Dara Singh played the role of Hanuman. Arun Govil, Deepika, and Sunil also recently made an appearance on The Kapil Sharma Show.
Going by the comments on the tweet, fans of the iconic series seem pretty excited about its comeback. Meanwhile, some people are also demanding the return of other hit shows from the 1980s and 90s such as BR Chopra's Mahabharat, Bharat Ek Khoj, Dekh Bhai Dekh, Chandrakanta, Jungle Book, Shah Rukh Khan's Fauji and Malgudi Days.