Ramanand Sagar’s popular TV serial ‘Ramayan’ has become the world’s most-watched show on April 16 with 7.7 crore viewers globally. The show was re-telecasted on Doordarshan after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown in the view of coronavirus outbreak.
The show has been written, produced, and directed by Ramanand Sagar and first aired in 1987. It featured Arun Govil as Rama, Dipika Chikhlia as Sita and Sunil Lahri as Lakshman. It also starred Lalita Pawar as Manthra, Dara Singh as Hanuman, and Arvind Trivedi as Ravana.
Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan has broken all TRP records and has garnered the highest viewership at all times. The re-run of the Tv show has managed to garner a viewership of 7.7 crores on April 16, 2020, making it the most-watched show globally. Doordarshan took the help of Twitter to handle to share and confirm this happy news with the show’s followers.
The serial was originally broadcast from January 25, 1987, to July 31, 1988. From 1987 to 1988, ‘Ramayan’ became the most-watched serial in the world. Till June 2003, it remained recorded in the Limca Book of Records as “the most-watched mythological serial in the world”.
Further, when the serial started airing in the country for the first time, people used to remain glued to the TV sets. Since there were less TVs at homes then, most of the people used to gather at some neighbour’s place to watch ‘Ramayan’.