Amidst the celebrations for the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya, we are compelled to remember Ramanand Sagar’s ‘Ramayan’ which was once the biggest cultural movement not only in India but also across many neighbouring countries.
In this collection, we bring you some lesser-known interesting facts about Ramayan to make your day a blessed one:
1. Most Expensive TV Show Ever
Aired in 1987, Ramayan was the most expensive show, costing 9 lakh per episode. During its initial run, the show reportedly earned 40 lakh per episode.
2. Reel to Real-life
Bal Dhuri and Jayshree Gadkar, who portrayed the roles of Dashratha and Kaushalya, got married in real life.
3. Breaks Records with Immense Popularity
Ramayan has broken many records by grossing 650 million viewers and audiences spreading in 55 countries. With audience demand, the show was extended 3 times, ending up with 78 episodes and surpassing originally planned 52 episodes.
4. A Limca Book of Record
Ramayan also holds a Limca book of record as the most-watched mythological series ever.
5. Only Talent Matters
Dipika Chikhlia, who portrayed the role of Sita Maa, was only 15 years old when she became a part of the most-viewed series.
6. The Effect was Almost Real
Historian William Dalrymple mentioned in The Telegraph that in Delhi the government meetings would be cancelled to watch Ramayan. The streets would be empty and shops closed as the people would gather around the TV to watch Ramayan.