Ramanand Sagar’s ‘Ramayan’ is going to be telecast once again on Shemaroo TV after the ruckus regarding the film ‘Adipurush’. The star cast of the show is extremely happy to hear the news of its telecast once again. Meanwhile, Dainik Bhaskar discussed many topics with actor Sunil Lahiri, who plays Laxman in the show.
It is a good thing for the country that ‘Ramayana’ is going to be telecast once again. Not only Hindus but people of every religion watch this show of ours. I live in Oshiwara, Andheri. A Muslim doctor lived near my house. He had changed the timings of his clinic to watch ‘Ramayana’. He regularly used to watch our show with his family.
I also know some Muslim families living in Bhopal who have not missed a single episode of ‘Ramayana’. He says that Ramayana teaches the lesson of respect and relationships. In earlier times, elders used to read ‘Ramayana’ and everyone used to listen. In today’s electronic era, people watch ‘Ramayana’ everyday. I know a woman in America who has seen ‘Ramayana’ 50 times till now. There are many people who have been watching our show on repeat even today.
Now ‘Adipurush’ has been made, it doesn’t touch the emotion from anywhere. There is a lot of wrong justification in this. Hanuman ji was not a devotee, he was God. Many ludicrous things have been said. I want to tell people even further that you should not play with the emotions of the public. I would only say about the film ‘Adipurush’ that it was a very disappointing film.
It was also very negative and its characters were not defined at all. You glorify and make something, films do not work with it. Had you made a social film, then it would have been understood. You are making a film on a book like ‘Ramayana’, which is in our blood, in our veins.
How much the makers have connected the emotion is all that matters. Excuses don’t work. If you say that there was only one channel in those days, then there were 300 channels during the lockdown. There was also OTT and social media. ‘Ramayan’ came in lockdown and even then people liked the record-breaking. When you connect with people’s emotion then only people will connect with it. All the programs that came after ‘Ramayana’, they could not connect emotionally with the people.
Let me tell you a story. In the 90s, our Chief Minister was Kailash Chandra Joshi. His wife’s health was bad due to which she was admitted in the hospital. In such a situation, she could not watch some episodes of the show. Now, at that time there was no recording etc.
One day he requested me to ask Sagar Saheb to make some arrangements so that his wife could watch ‘Ramayan’. We got a special recording done in the studio and sent it to him, then he saw the entire ‘Ramayan’. Overall, I want to say that people’s emotions are attached to Ramayana.
The popularity of ‘Ramayana’ in those days was such that we all had gone to Banaras once. The program was to be held in a hall there, but the hall was full. Even lakhs of people gathered outside the hall. At that time at least 8 to 10 lakh people had gathered at the ghats of Banaras. Even today I have kept that paper in which the mention of that day was made.