India, April 16: Ramanand Sagar’s epic Ramayan has started airing on TV again, a year after the drama saw a rerun during the coronavirus-triggered nationwide lockdown.
Aired again after 33 Years, Ramayan was re-telecast on Doordarshan National in March 2020. The show is currently airing on Star Bharat.
Actor Dipika Chikhlia Topiwala, who played Sita on the show, took to Instagram to inform her fans about its rerun.
Actor Dipika Chikhlia wrote, “So excited to share that Ramayan will be airing on the small screens again this year! Ramayan aired during the lockdown last year and looks like history is repeating itself. The show has been a huge part of not just my life, but thousands of Indian families for years. Come be a part of our community and share the knowledge of the Ramayan with generations to come. Tune in to Star Bharat every day at 7 pm to watch Ramanand Sagar’s ‘Ramayan’.”
Ramayan was re-aired on television after 33 years when the nation went into the coronavirus-induced lockdown in 2020.
To encourage people to stay at home to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Minister of Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar announced the return of the epic TV show in March 2020.
A few days after being re-telecast, the show clocked record TRPs. DD National said 7.7 crore people across the globe watched the show on April 16, 2020.
“Rebroadcast of Ramayana on Doordarshan smashes viewership records worldwide, the show becomes most-watched entertainment show in the world with 7.7 crore viewers on 16th of April,” DD National posted on its official Twitter handle.
Written, produced, and directed by Ramanand Sagar, Ramayan, first aired on Doordarshan in 1987 and acquired a cult status over the years.
The show featured Arun Govil as Ram and Sunil Lahri as Lakshman. It also featured veteran actors Lalita Pawar as Manthara, Arvind Trivedi as Ravana, and Dara Singh as Hanuman.