Ramanand Sagar produces this truly epic treatment of the most exciting story ever told. Includes additional visits, temples, celebrations, felicitations, festivals, functions, tributes and interviews. Ramayana is a spellbinding adventure and a profound work of philosophy, offering answers to life’s deepest questions. It tells of another time, when gods and heroes walked among us, facing supernatural forces of evil and learning from powerful mystics and sages. Revered through throughout the ages for its moral and spiritual wisdom, it is a beautiful and uplifting tale of romance and high adventure, recounting the odyssey of Rama, a great king of ancient India. Rama, along with his beautiful wife Sita, and his faithful brother Laksmana, is exiled to the forest for fourteen years. There Sita is kidnapped by the powerful demon Ravana. Along with Laksmana and a fantastic army of supernatural creatures, Rama starts a perilous quest to find his beloved Sita.
Ramanand Sagar (who, in my opinion, is otherwise a mediocre filmmaker) has done here is spectacular. Despite all of the above, "Ramayan" works incredibly well because one can sense that a great deal of devotion went into making it. This is a series that really has a heart and soul. Every time I watch "Ramayan," I have a religious experience.
Arun Govil and Deepika do well as Rama and Sita. Dara Singh is not an incredibly talented actor (he is originally a wrestler), but it worked for me to have him as Hanuman. My three favorite performances, though, are Sunil Lahri as Lakshmana (he's got Lakshmana's angry look down perfectly), Vijay Arora as Indrajit (he's got the boisterous personality down), and veteran character actress Lalita Pawar as Manthara (a perfect choice, as Pawar made a career out of playing literally hundreds of Manthara-like characters). Arvind Trivedi is not bad as Ravana, but he does not have the physically dominating presence that Ravana would need to have. Ravana should be tall, dark, muscular, and handsome, and Trivedi is none of those things. Still, not a bad performance on his part. (As an aside, the single worst casting choice is the actor picked to play Parshurama in one episode early on in the series; they picked somebody less than 5 feet tall to play a domineering character and it completely doesn't work.)
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