Updated January 19th, 2024 at 23:44 IST
DYK Ramayan Director Ramanand Sagar Created Luv-Kush Episode After Receiving A Call From PMO?
As India awaits the holy consecration of Lord Rama in Ayodhya, here's an interesting trivia from the popular Ramayana series created by Ramanand Sagar.
India is all set to celebrate the homecoming of Lord Rama with Ram Mandir’s consecration in Ayodhya on January 22, 2024. The life and lessons of the Hindu deity have been adapted in different forms of cinematic experiences and Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan achieves a top spot.
Do you know the popular Luv-Kush episode in Ramayan was shot after PMO’s appeal?
In an old interview, it was revealed that director Ramanand Sagar initially had no intentions of creating the Luv-Kush episode in the iconic television series. The director’s son, Prem Sagar had revealed that Ramanand Sagar, a devout follower of Lord Ram was hesitant to portray the narrative after Sita's return to Ram.
Prem Sagar explained that his father couldn't accept the scripture's depiction of Lord Ram abandoning Sita due to societal pressure. As a staunch devotee, Ramanand Sagar firmly believed that Lord Ram would not sacrifice Sita for such reasons. Consequently, he conveyed to Doordarshan, the broadcasting channel, that he would not produce the Luv-Kush chapter.
However, the widespread anticipation among the audience for the continuation of the story post-Ram and Sita's reunion led to a shift in Sagar's decision. The Valmiki Samaj respected by Ramanand Sagar expressed a strong desire for him to conclude the tale and influenced the director to reconsider.
When PMO called Ramanand Sagar to develop the Luv-Kush episode
Calls from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) urging Sagar to bring the Luv-Kush chapter to life eventually compelled him to produce the episodes. Seeking permission from the channel, Sagar made alterations to the Sita Vanvas episode and aligned it with his faith as a Ram devotee. Despite facing opposition and a delay caused by Dhirendra Brahmachari, the episodes were eventually aired.
Interestingly, the Pran-Pratishtha of Ram Mandir is also hosting the lead cast of Ramayana including Dipika Chikhlia, Arun Govil, and Sunil Lahri.
Published January 19th, 2024 at 23:44 IST