During the lockdown, the shooting of television serials and Bollywood movies are completely shut down. Due to which now the channels do not have the backup episodes to telecast. Many people demanded to run the repeat telecast of 90’s iconic shows. Doordarshan brought many old television serials for the people like Ramayan, Mahabharat, Shaktimaan, The Jungle Book, and many more. People are enjoying watching these iconic television serials. People still have the same craze for Ramayan when it was telecasted for the very first time on the television in 1987.
Our parents and grandparents tell us the story about how the roads get deserted when Ramayan was on air on television. But do you know how the Ramayan was shot? How many people were involved? How they have finalized the artists to play Lord Ram and other characters. Let us check out these interesting facts about Ramanand Sagar’s iconic Ramayan.
1. Set Of Ramayan
The set of Ramayan was built in Umbergaon, Gujarat. It is four hours distance from Mumbai. Deepika Chikhalia who played the role of Sita told that most of the artists use to live in the studio as if they are on a long picnic.
2. Junior Artists Onboard
The son of Ramanand Sagar, Prem Sagar told that whenever there is an outdoor shoot, they use to take the theater artists from that place itself. He added that when there was a need for junior artists, we use to go to several villages and it was announced with Dhol Nagada that artists are needed for the serial.
3. Arun Govil Was First Rejected As Ram
Arun Govil who played the character of Lord Ram was first rejected. He told that I went for giving audition but got failed. My photoshoot also happened in the look of Lord Ram, but I was not looking like him. Then I have added a smile on my face and it worked.
4. Deepika Chikhalia Was Just Above 15 Years
Deepika Chikhalia was just above 15 years old when she played the character of Sita. Ramanand Sagar told Deepika that when Sita will come on screen, she should not need any introduction and people should recognize her. After four to five screen tests, she was finalized for the character of Sita.