The audience has had a lot of time to digest Adipurush since it opened in theatres on Friday. Actually, the lack of effort and thoroughness in the film has the spectator feeling wistful and missing Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan. The VFX were so terrible that many complimented films like Brahmastra and others. Wait, this is not only a cringe-worthy aspect of the film, but Adipurush’s dialogues have also left viewers with a bad taste in their mouths. We now miss earlier renditions of Ramayan even though the dialogues are currently being revised by the producers in response to significant criticism. For this reason, we’ve chosen some of the popular Ramayan versions that were significantly superior to Adipurush:
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Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan
Watching programmes like Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan on DD National is one of our fondest memories. This version of Ramayan is a Hindi version of the Sanskrit Epic Ramayana, written by Ramanand Sagar and aired in 1987 and 1988 on DD National. Since the show was so well-known, many people would still concur that the cast did an excellent job of portraying each character. Arun Govil, Deepika Chikhalia, and Sunil Lahiri played Lord Rama, Devi Sita, and Lord Lakshman, respectively. With an 82 percent viewership during its run, the programme became the most viewed television programme in the world. How amazing is this? The star undoubtedly has a devoted fanbase and has still not forgotten the work they have done in this epic series. You can watch it on Youtube for free.
Ramayana: The Epic
Ramayana: The Epic is a 2010 Indian animated feature from Maya Digital Media. It was directed by Chetan Desai and produced by Ketan Mehta. While Manoj Bajpayee, Juhi Chawla, and Ashutosh Rana dubbed the animated Indian movie. You can watch it on YouTube.
Those who don’t recall Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan must have seen the 2008 television adaptation of Ramayan, starring Gurmeet Choudhary and Debina Bonnerjee. It is a remake of the identically named Ramanand Sagar adaption from 1987 created by Anand Sagar. The story is based on the Ramayan by Valmiki, the Ramcharitmanas by Tulsidas, and the Urdu Ramayan by Chakbasta, along with elements from other works.
This TV series is also available on YouTube.
Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama
This animated movie was made in collaboration with India and Japan in 1992. Koichi Sasaki and Ram Mohan co-directed the movie, and Vanraj Bhatia composed the soundtrack. It was then dubbed in Hindi and shown on DD National despite being outlawed in India during the Babri Masjid protests. Watch it here.
Ramayan, this version of the TV series was aired in the year 2001 starring Nitish Bhardwaj and Smriti Irani. Produced and directed by the legend Baldev Raj Chopra and Ravi Chopra, it is primarily based on Valmiki’s Ramayan Tulsidas’s Ramcharitmanas, Kalidasa’s Raghuvamsa and Kambar’s Kambha Ramayana. Watch it here.
Siya Ke Ram
Nikhil Sinha beautifully created the Indian TV show Siya Ke Ram for Star Plus. The show stars Karthik Jayaram as Raavan, Madirakshi Mundle and Ashish Sharma as Goddess Sita and Lord Rama, respectively. The story is seen from Sita’s point of view and is based on the Hindu epic Ramayana, which was penned by Sage Valmiki and Adbhuta Ramayan. All its episodes can be watched on Disney+ Hotstar.
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