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After 2020 dream run, 'Ramayan' returns to the small screen

The mythological broke all TRP records when it aired during lockdown last year.

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NEW DELHI: As the country once again descends into chaos and distress due to the surging number of Covid2019 cases, there is one small piece of good news for the people - Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan is all set to make yet another comeback on our TV sets.

The mythological show that struck a chord with TV viewers last year during lockdown broke all TRP records when it was broadcast on national television after many years. The timing of the re-telecast of Ramayan is apropos, given that we’re dealing with another peak in the Covid2019 cycle.

This time, the show will air on Star Bharat at 7 pm ahead of Ram Navami. This 80s serial has a special place in everyone's heart and that is why the channel has decided to air the show on it once again, on popular demand. Meanwhile, for the unversed, Ramayan was first telecast in 1987 on DD National. Last year, the programme led to a spike in co-watching, as everyone in the household – from the elderly to young children – seemed to be hooked to their TV sets during lockdown to watch the show.

Ramayan is based on the ancient Indian Sanskrit epic of Lord Ram and Devi Sita. The script of the show was written and directed by the late Ramanand Sagar. The cast of the show includes Arun Govil as Ram, Deepika Chikhaliya who played Sita, Sunil Lahiri portraying Lakshman, late Dara Singh essaying the role of Hanuman, and many others.

In 2020, the show went on to shatter all records when it came to the TRP game and led to a golden, albeit brief, dream run for the state-run Doordarshan channel on which it aired. It managed to beat the worldwide popular series Game Of Thrones to become the most-watched TV show. According to reports, 7.7 crore viewers watched Ramayan, breaking the record of GOT which had 1.9 crore people watching the show together in 2019. 

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