The decision of the Centre, as a response to heavy public demand during the lockdown days, to re-telecast the great classic Indian epic serials Ramayan and Mahabharat through Doordarshan channels DD national and Bharti have been wholeheartedly and with open arms received by the people especially the senior citizens and all at home.
Ramanand Sagar’s ‘Ramayana’ and BR Chopra’s ‘Mahabharat ‘ which were telecast during the late 1980s and early 1990s redefined television viewing and viewership and paved way for the making of more and more serials based on Hindu Puranas.
Mythological serials based on the various Hindu Puranas are now being aired on the various TV channels and good to note that the number of viewers watching these is also rapidly increasing.
It was a trend in the late 1980s and the 90s when the great epics were serialised and telecast, making the Indians aware about their rich culture and heritage and now one hopes that a trend like that era returns to make our cyber aged kids and today’s ‘ tense packed adults’ to relax and purify their hearts with a rich dose of spirituality.
The re -telecast of the epic serials no doubt is a nostalgic visit, a sort of taking a beautiful trip down memory lane for many and a new experience for the younger lot who have only heard about these serials and the actors and actresses who donned the roles of the Gods and the Goddesses, the asuras and the various characters of the Hindu pantheon!
The generation of the 1980s 1990s can never forget the mesmerising star cast of both the serials. The Ramayan had Arun Govil as Ram, Deepika Chikhalia as Sita, Sunil Lahri as Lakshman, Arvind Trivedi as Ravana and late Dara Singh as the mighty Hanuman.
B R Chopra-directed Mahabharat featured Nitish Bharadwaj as Lord Krishna, Mukesh Khanna as Bhishma, Gajendra Chauhan as Yudhishtra, Roopa Ganguly as Draupadi, Punit Issar as Duryodhan and so many well-known film and serial actors and actresses charmed the viewers as characters of the great Indian epics.