Ramayan is an Indian television series depicting the story of Rama and based on stories from classic Indian literature. The 2008 release is a reboot of the 1987 Ramayan television series of the same name. The plot derives from Valmiki's Ramayan, Tulsidas's Ramcharitmanas and Chakbasta's Urdu Ramayan with aspects of other works. The television series was produced by Sagar Arts and aired on NDTV Imagine. This Show Was Re-Aired On Dangal TV.
|Created by||Anand Sagar|
|Based on||Ramayana by Valmiki|
|Written by||Umesh Chandra Upadhyay|
|Directed by||Anand Sagar|
|Opening theme||Jai Shri Ram By Suresh Wadkar and Kavita Krishnamurthy|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||300|
|Executive producer||Rakesh Jain|
|Running time||20 minutes|
|Production company||Sagar Films|
|Original network||Imagine TV|
|Original release||January 21, 2008 –|
June 26, 2009
Ramayan tells the story of Rama, the eldest son of Dasharatha, the King of Ayodhya. Rama is due to become king after his father's retirement, but his stepmother, Kaikeyi wants her son Bharat to take the throne.
As King Dashratha had earlier promised to fulfill any two wishes for her, Kaikeyi demands that Rama should be banished to the forest for fourteen years and that Bharat should be crowned as king. Dasharatha keeps his word and with a heavy heart asks Rama to leave for the forest. Rama accepts the exile and is accompanied by his wife Sita and younger brother Lakshmana. When Bharat learns that his mother is responsible for Rama's exile he renounces her and beseeches Rama to return to Ayodhya. Rama declines, whereupon Bharat places Rama's paduka on the throne as a symbol that Rama is the true king.
Bharat served Ayodhya for the next fourteen years keeping Paduka of Rama on the throne. Ravan, the evil King of Lanka, abducts Sita, prompting Rama, Lakshmana, Hanuman and his army of apes, the Vanara Sena, to rescue her and Rama to kill Ravan.
Season 2 focuses on Ram-Sita's life after returning from exile, the birth of Luv-Kush, their reunion with the royal family and final departure of Sita and Ram from the earth.
|Gurmeet Choudhary||Ram||Eldest Son of Kaushalya and Dasharatha. King of Ayodhya Sita's husband and also an avatar of Vishnu.|
|Vishnu/Narayana||Ram is an avatar of Vishnu.|
|Debina Bonnerjee||Sita Janki/Vandevi (Season 2)||Wife of Ram and daughter of the earth goddess Bhūmi and the adopted daughter of King Janaka of Mithila. and Queen Sunaina, Urmila's sister|
|Mahalakshmi/Lakshmi||Wife of Narayana and Sita is her avatar.|
|Rishabh Sharma||Kush||One of the twin sons of Ram and Sita.Twin brother of Luv.|
|Perin Monish Malde||Luv||One of the twin sons of Ram and Sita. Twin brother of Kush.|
|Ankit Arora||Lakshmana||Brother and close companion of Ram. He is the twin brother of Shatrughna, born to Sumitra, the third wife of Dasharatha, his father. Thus, Lakshmana is the third eldest son of Dashratha.|
|Meenakshi Arya||Urmila||Real daughter of King Janaka of Mithila and Queen Sunaina, sister of Sita, wife of Lakshmana.|
|Vikram Mastal (Sharma)||Hanuman||Hanuman is an ardent devotee of Ram and a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana. A general among the vanaras, Hanuman is a disciple of Ram in the war against the demon king Ravan.|
|Akhilendra Mishra||Ravan||King of Lanka and brother of Surpanakha.|
|Jaya Ojha||Mandodari||Queen Consort of Ravana.|
|Ashok Banthia||Viswamitra||A sage who takes Ram and Lakshman to protect his rituals, in the course of time he took both of them to Janakpuri, to attend Sita swayamvar.|
|Pankaj Kalra||Dasharatha||Father of Ram and his brothers.|
|Vije Bhatia||Bharata||Brother of Ram, and the son of Dasaratha and Kaikeyi. He is the second eldest son of Dasharatha.|
|Lalit Negi||Shatrughna||He is the twin brother of Lakshmana and son of Dasaratha and his third wife, Sumitra. He is the youngest son of Dasharatha.|
|Annu Dangi||Shrutakirti||Younger daughter of Kushadhwaj and Chandrabhaga, wife of Shatrughna, Sita and Urmila's cousin and younger sister of Mandavi|
|Rajni Chandra||Kaushalya||The eldest of King Daśaratha's three wives, she was the daughter of the King of the Kosala Kingdom. She was the mother of Ram. A queen of Ayodhya.|
|Hemaakshi Ujjain||Kaikeyi||One of the three wives of Dasharatha and mother of Bharat. A queen of Ayodhya.|
|Sangeeta Kapure||Sumitra||One of the three wives of Dasharatha and mother of twins, Shatrughna and Lakshman. A queen of Ayodhya.|
|Vinod Kapoor||Vibhishan||He was the younger half brother of the Rakshasa (demon) king Ravana of Lanka. Though a Rakshasa himself, Vibhishana was of a noble character and advised Ravana, who kidnapped and abducted Sita, to return her to her husband Ram in an orderly fashion and promptly. When his brother did not listen to his advice, Vibhishana joined Ram's army. Later, when Ram defeated Ravana, Ram crowned Vibhishana as the king of Lanka.|
|Praphulla Pandey||Indrajit||A warrior mentioned in the Indian epic Ramayana, was the son of the Lankan king Ravana.|
|Rakesh Deewana||Kumbhakarna||He is a demon and brother of Ravana in the Indian Ramayana epic. Despite his monstrous size and great hunger, he was described to be of good character, though he killed and ate many Hindu monks just to show his power.|
|Paras Arora||Young Ram||Eldest son of Kaushalya and Dasharatha, King of Ayodhya. Also an avatar of Vishnu.|
- Avinash Mukherjee as Young Bharat
- Harsh Somaiya as Young Shatrughan
- Richa Mukherjee as Young Shrutakirti
- Manish Arora as Devantaka, son of Ravana
- Aziz Ansari as Bali, Sugriv's brother and King of Kishkindha / also Sugriv, a friend of Lord Rama and the King of Kishkindha
- Brownie Parasher as Vashishtha, guru of the four brothers
- Raman Khatri as Kubera/Valmiki, a sage who composed Ramayan, story of Lord Ram
- Romanch Mehta as Narantaka, son of Ravana/Lavanasura, nephew of Ravana
- Nitin Joshi as Atikaya, son of Ravana
- Milind Soman as Malyavan
- Amit Pachori as Lord Shiva
- Radha Krishna Dutt as King Sagara
- Falguni Rajani as Shurpanakha, Ravan's sister
- Neha Bam as Kaikasi, Ravan's mother
- Sanjeev Siddharth as Ahiravana, brother of Ravana
- Khushabu Duggal as Malvika, Maid and Friend of Sita in Mithila
- Arun Mathur as Sumali, grandfather of Ravana
Omang Kumar designed the sets and Nisha Sagar designed the costumes. Anand Sagar, son of late Ramanand Sagar, directed the series having worked on the script for about six months with this team. The series was shot at "Sagar Film City" in Baroda (now Vadodara).
Speaking about getting the role of Sita Deblina Bonnerjee said, " I auditioned for a television show but, after that, I didn't want to do it. After some time, I auditioned for a mythological show for Sagar productions but I didn't know it was for Ramayan. I was selected and realised, during the mock rehearsals, that I was playing Sita."
Speaking about his training, Gurmeet Choudhary said, "I had to build six-pack abs and do strength training. Also, since the producers didn’t want the next-gen Ram to sport a wig – that would have looked too cosmetic in today’s day and age – I grew my hair for one-and-a-half years."
About 100 kg (220 lb) of flowers were brought from Mumbai to the sets at Baroda daily for the sequence of Ram and Sita's marriage.
Ravindra Jain, who composed music for the 1980s series returned as a composer. Playback singers included Kavita Subramaniam and Suresh Wadkar. An audio CD with 17 bhajans from the series was released in 2009 with lyrics/music by Jain and the voices of singers Suresh Wadkar, Kavita Subramaniam, Sadhana Sargam, Satish Dehra, Pamela Jain, Ravi Tripathi, Amaya Daate, Rekha Rao, Prem Prakash, Kuldeep, Subhash Srivastav, Sanket, and the composer himself.
The show had an average opening with a rating of 1.8 TVR in the premiere day and overall 1.5 TVR in its opening week and in a month peaked 3.19 TVR. Within three months, it became one of the most watched Hindi GEC garnering 5.2 TVR, increasing the viewership of the channel to third position after StarPlus and Zee TV. In May 2008, it averaged 1.60 TVR before which it peaked with 3.9 TVR in March 2008.
The series was dubbed in Malayalam on Surya TV, featuring songs sung by Unni Menon, in Tamil on Sun TV from 2008 to 2010, in Telugu on Gemini TV. The Gujarati version aired on ETV Gujarati.
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