Ramayan, the immortal classic, is once again entertaining viewers all over. The artistic rendition of Lord Ram’s story has enamored audiences across age groups. The show, which is being telecasted on Star Plus, has been creative waves on the TRP charts as well. It’s a well-known fact that this mythological show had a huge impact on the country and its social strata. The entire country would come to a standstill when Ramayan aired on every Sunday.
Ramayan had earned a loyal audience which ensured to watch each and every episode. As per excerpts from the book ‘An Epic Life: Ramanand Sagar — from Barsaat to Ramayan’, people would postpone and reschedule important events to ensure that no one misses even a single episode of the mythological classic. An interesting incident that happened was when a passenger train that traveled from Patna to Delhi every Sunday, would take an unscheduled halt at a station named Rampur, and the entire staff along with the passengers would watch Ramayan and then resume their journey. People would go berserk if there was a power outage when Ramayan would be telecast.
Recently, Sunil Lahri, who had essayed the role of Lakshman on the show, got candid about Ramanand Sagar in an exclusive interview with BollywoodLife, and said, “Ramanand Sagar Ji was a visionary for his times. But he was the coolest filmmaker/director I ever worked with. Shooting a saga like Ramayan came with unexpected problems, at times, but he was never stressed out. The people from Doordarshan would be worried as a missed telecast would lead to huge protests but he never took any tension. They would keep on asking for the tape. I have read so many stories where people have created commotion outside electricity board offices as they could not watch due to power cuts. You must consider that power cuts were rampant in India when the show was aired in the 1980s.”
Well, now we know why Ramayan continues to so popular to this day.
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