During these challenging times, the religious person within is calling out for the return of mythological shows on Indian television to get them them through this coronavirus pandemic, which has already claimed thousands of lives globally.
In India, Doordarshan (DD National) has confirmed the re-run of ‘Ramayan’ – the original 80s series helmed by Ramanand Sagar. While there have been many attempts to re-create the show, the original has always remained a favourite amongst followers of the series. Similarly, BR Chopra’s ‘Mahabharat’ proved a runaway success when it aired on television in the late 80s and early 90s. However, its re-run date has not yet been confirmed.
Union Minister Prakash Zavadekar took to his Twitter handle and wrote, “Happy to announce that on public demand, we are starting retelecast of ‘Ramayana’ from tomorrow, Saturday March 28 in DD National, One episode in morning 9 am to 10 am, another in the evening 9 pm to 10 pm.”
In the UK, fans have been requesting broadcasters to bring the two cult shows. It is worth noting that ‘Mahabharat’ and ‘Ramayan’ first aired in the UK on BBC Two and since then have been aired on multiple satellite TV channels. It remains to be seen if any of the UK broadcasters pick up the rights to re-telecast the two shows during these unprecedented times, when the elderly in particular are being told to be kept self-isolated for up to four-months in the UK.
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