Rama Navami is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of the Lord Rama. The day is marked by Rama Katha recitals, or reading of Rama stories including the Hindu sacred epic Ramayana. Likewise TV shows based on mythology have been loved by many. Shows on Mahabharat and Ramayan are among the most famous ones. There have been quite a few movies as well as television shows based on them. Here are Six of the best mythological shows based on Ramayana on occasion of Rama Navami 2020.
1. Ramayana (1987) – DD National
The path breaking show was first one that depict the journey of Ramayana on Television screen. The show is created and directed by Ramanand Saga. The show had Arun Govil as Ram, Deepika Chikhalia as Sita, Sunil Lahri as Laxman, Dara Singh as Hanuman, Arvind Trivedi as Ravan and others. Over the course of 18 months in 1987 and 1988, Sagar’s telling of the epic through 78 weekly 45-minute episodes – broadcast on Sunday mornings on India’s only TV channel, Doordarshan – became the most successful TV show in Indian history, with popular episodes watched by a staggering 80 million to 100 million people, an eighth of the population. Hence, It was a superhit and still has an IMDb rating of 9.1/10.
The show currently re-telecasted on DD National over pandemic lock-down due to Coronavirus outbreak.
2. Ramayan (2001 ) – Zee TV
It is a yet another television adaptation of Ramayana aired on Zee TV from 2001- 2002. After a Huge success of Mahabharata (1988) film maker Baldev Raj Chopra and Ravi Chopra came back with Ramayana. The show starred Nitish Bhardwaj (who played Krishna in Mahabharat) as Rama. Smriti Irani (Current Union Minister of India) played Sita and Surendra Pal played as Ravan.
3. Ramayan (2008 ) – NDTV Imagine
It was said to be an official remake of the 1987’s Ramayan. Likewise the plot was inspired by Valmiki’s Ramayan, Tulsidas’s Ramcharitmanas and Chakbasta’s Urdu Ramayan with elements of other works. The show created a magic again on TV screen. And aired 300 episodes from 2008 to 2009 on NDTV Imagine. Whereas, the show starred Gurmeet Choudhary as Ram, Debina Bonnerjee as Sita, Ankit Arora as Lakshmana, Vikram Sharma as Hanuman, Akhilendra Mishra as Ravan and others.
4. Ramayan: Sabke Jeevan Ka Aadhar (2012) – Zee TV
The show produced by Sagar Arts, it was another remake of the original series made in 1987. It aired on Zee TV from 2012 to 2013. The cast was Gagan Malik as Rama, Neha Sargam as Sita, Neil Bhatt as Lakshmana, Malhar Pandya as Hanuman, Sachin Tyagi as Ravana with others. It was directed by Mukesh Singh, Pawan Parkhi and Rajesh Shikhre.
The show also made a comeback on &TV due to Coronavirus pandemic on the occasion of Ram Navami 2020.
5. Siya Ke Ram (2015) – Star Plus
The show became a popular due to its unique way of narration the Ramayana epic. First time ever, the show made with Sita’s perspective. The show features Ashish Sharma and Madirakshi Mundle playing as Lord Rama and Sita, respectively, and Karthik Jayaram as Raavan. Whereas, It was produced by Nikhil Sinha and aired on Star Plus. The show was telecast in multiple languages in India and abroad including Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, and the UK as well as parts of the Middle East.
6.Ram Siya Ke Luv Kush (2019) – Colors TV
And the last but not the least, Most controversial TV version of Ramayana, Ram Siya Ke Luv Kush. The show produced by Siddharth Kumar Tiwary under the banner Swastik Production. However the show made with the eyes of Luv and Kush the twins of Rama and Sita. The series focuses on the story of Rama and Sita as well as their children Luv and Kush.It starred Shivya Pathania (Sita), Himanshu Soni (Ram), Krish Chauhan(Luv), Harshit Kabra(Kush) and Shalin Bhanot (Ravana).
Meanwhile, the show soon hit the controversies as the ministry of information and broadcasting council sent a notice on September 11 2019 to the channel giving 15 days time for responding stating, “The show is harming the image of Maharishi Valmiki and causing hurt to the religious sentiments of a community.” It further stated, “Lord Ram has been shown to have visited Maharishi Valmiki’s ashram and met Luv and Kush, which is not true. He met Luv and Kush at the time of the ashwamedh yagna, when they captured their horse and waged a war.” As a result, The show go off air on 10 February 2020 in the short time of 06 months.
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