In a bid to channelize the viewership of the Indian audience towards the desired mix of inspiration, motivation and entertainment, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar in a recent announcement stated re telecast of Ramanand Sagar’s immensely popular epic serial Ramayana .
Two daily slots on DD National, for the serial have been marked, one from 9 am to 10 am and the other from 9 pm to 10 pm, and would begin from March 28th 2020
This serial was earlier telecast in the 1980’S. It was telecast from 25th January 1987 to 31st July 1988. In Its’ lead cast it has Arun Govil as Ram, Deepika Chikhalia as Sita, and Late Dara Singh as Hanuman and Arvind Trivedi as Ravana.
In another statement it was confirmed that BR Chopra’s Mahabharata will also be shown on DD Bharati from March 28, Saturday. At 12 pm there will one episode telecast followed by another at 7pm everyday.
When people are confined to their homes in this 21 day lock down period, and for most part of their time and as a popular activity stay glued to their TV, this serial although stated to be brought back on public demand is also being seen as a much needed booster shot of spirituality and positivity in the current trying times for the Nation.
This serial had way back worked a magnetic effect on the masses by amassing a huge viewership and may be an excellent move to lock them effectively inside their houses without much coercion and pressure. The government in a blast from the past initiative is also planning to reintroduce other popular serials form the bygone era such as Malgudi Days, Sharukh Khan’s Circus and many more. These serials could also act as a de stresser in these stressful times by creating harmony and peace within the soul for a person as well as creating a calm and peaceful society outside.