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Old 05-19-2020, 10:03 AM
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Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan has been entertaining audiences all over with its heartfelt narrative. It’s a little-known fact that the entire crew used to shoot extensively round the clock.



Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan has been entertaining audiences all over with its heartfelt narrative. The beautiful performances by actors and an immersive storyline make it a complete family entertainer. It’s a little-known fact that the entire crew used to shoot extensively round the clock. The entire schedule would be very hectic, for over 78 weeks the Bombay-Umergaon route had cars plying and trains loaded with the Ramayan crew. There were no call sheets and no fixed schedules. If Ramanand Sagar finished writing a scene at 3 am, the actors would quickly get ready to shoot! Over 100 workers, actors, and technicians worked in shifts and round the clock to ensure that all episodes of Ramayan would be telecast in time every week.

Furthermore, the VFX work too had to be completed in record time. Ramanand Sagar’s son Prem Sagar reveals, “There were no computers for the special effects to be created. Most of them had to be done using the camera. We used a few techniques such as back projection, miniatures, etc. Many times for night shoots, we used cotton posted on the glass to create cloud effects. Slides were used in slide projectors, Lord Shiva dancing in the Himalayas was filmed with a slide projected on a screen with miniature planets in the background. Scenes involving mountains and different looks, many times a miniature of 10-15 feet were used. Also, a new machine SEG 2000 (Special Effects Generator) had launched in the market and all the special bow and arrow effects were done using it. There were mechanical effects and glass matting for creating special effects. We even used Dhoop and incense sticks to create early morning fog effects.”

It's interesting to know the amount of hard work and dedication that went in to create Ramayan for television audiences.
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Old 05-23-2020, 07:35 AM
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The re-run of Ramayan on Doordarshan has not only done wonders for the show but has also helped the channel with great TRP's.



Ever since Ramayan has started it's re-run on the Television, people all over the country along with their family watch the show together in this lockdown period. The re-run of Ramayan has not only done wonders for the show but has also helped the channel with great TRP's.

Prasar Bharati's CEO, Shashi Shekhar Vempati however, recalls his Whatsapp group ringing with laughter post the news. He told IANS, "They're all, like, laughing. Who's going to watch it? I had to tell them that, you know, India is very different. It's not just the English speaking elite, it's much bigger, much more diverse. So there was that worry."

Ever since the rerun of Ramayan on Doordarshan, time spent on the channel moved from 15 minutes per week to 70 minutes. The re-run on April 16, 2020 alone logged 77 million viewers. Vempati recalled it saying, "It was crazy".

He added, "The tapes were in the deep archive of the (Ramanand) Sagar family, and in Mumbai it was like operating in curfew. Someone had to physically retrieve these things. The formats had changed. People had to work through the night to figure out how to get it into a compatible format, and then push it from Bombay. Because the file sizes are so large, you can''t do it over the internet, it would have taken forever. So we had a satellite-based mechanism by which the content was beamed from Bombay and downloaded into servers here, so that the next day's episodes could be aired."

He mentioned that the combination of Ramayan and lockdown showed us that families can still come together around Television if the content is wholesome and it appeals to every segment. "So while the rest of the industry is struggling, we have a large library that has not been seen by audiences across India which we'll roll out in the next few weeks," he said.
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Did you know how Dara Singh was chosen for the role of Hanuman in Ramayan?

Ramanand Sagar could not think of anyone else other than Dara Singh when it was the question of who would play the role of Lord Hanuman.



Ramayan, the immortal tale of Lord Ram is entertaining millions as its telecast on India’s leading GEC StarPlus. Ramanand Sagar’s cult classic enamored the entire nation with its heart touching rendition of the mythological saga. With an engaging storyline and impeccable performances of Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita essayed by Arun Govil, Sunil Lahri and Dipika Chikhlia Topiwala the show marked a special place in the hearts of viewers. Another noteworthy performance was of Hanuman essayed by veteran actor – Dara Singh. It’s a little-known fact that he was the only choice to play the coveted role.

Ramanand Sagar could not think of anyone else other than Dara Singh when it was the question of who would play the role of Lord Hanuman. Dara Singh’s son Vindu Dara Singh shared, “It’s a fantastic moment for all of us to watch Ramayan together as a family. My father, Dara Singh essayed the role of Hanuman in this classic tale and we are proud of him. I am also happy that today's younger generation is getting an opportunity to watch this beautiful series and it shall also instill good values amongst children. Interestingly, my father had essayed the role of Hanuman in a movie titled 'Bajrang Bali' which was a hit. Ramanand Ji was like our family member and one day he called my father for a meeting and said that he had seen a dream wherein my father was playing the role of Hanuman in the series and he won’t take no for an answer. The rest as we all know is history."

The part of Hanuman in Ramayan is one of the most exciting bits as he is a steadfast devotee of Lord Ram and plays a major part in the battle against Ravan.
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