The television landscape is witnessing drastic changes, owing to nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic. India’s public broadcaster Doordarshan has reinvented its mojo with the retelecast of epic magnum series of the ’80s, and 90’s such as Ramayan and Mahabharat. Now, Hindi General entertainment channels like StarPlus and Colors have acquired rights to telecast Ramayan and Mahabharat. These popular classics have experienced renewed interest among the audience as they offer the much-needed relief as well as evoke the nostalgia. Star Plus will soon telecast Ramayan, whereas Mahabharat will be telecast on Colors starting May 4, 2020, every day from 7-9 pm.
Mahabharat is first aired between 1988 and 1990, and it witnessed a tremendous response back then. Many families used to watch the mythological series along with their families. Directed by Ravi Chopra, the lead cast of the Mahabharat include Nitish Bharadwaj, Rupa Ganguly, Mukesh Khanna, Puneet Issar, and Gajendra Chauhan. Another epic show Ramayan made a sensational return on Doordarshan, smashing the viewership record in the process. Recently, the mythological epic created a World record and became the most viewed entertainment program globally with a viewership of 7.7crores (77 million) on April 16.
The Ramayan was first aired in 1987; the show was written, produced, and directed by Ramanand Sagar. The lead role, Rama, was portrayed by Arun Govil, Dipika Chikhlia Topiwala played the role of Sita. The other important cast includes Sunil Lahri as Lakshman, Dara Singh as Hanuman, and Arvind Trivedi as Ravana.