Ramayan (2008 TV series)
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|Created by||Sagar Arts|
|Directed by||Anand Sagar|
|Opening theme||Jai Shri Ram By Suresh Wadkar and Kavita Krishnamurthy|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of episodes||300|
|Executive producer(s)||Rakesh Jain|
|Running time||20 minutes|
|Original network||NDTV Imagine|
|Original release||January 21, 2008 – June 26, 2009|
Ramayan is an Indian costume drama television series depicting the story of Rama and based on stories from classic Indian literature. The 2008 release is a remake of the 1980s series of the same name. The plot derives from Valmiki's Ramayan, Tulsidas's Ramcharitmanas and Chakbasta's Urdu Ramayan with aspects of other works. The television series was produced by Sagar Arts and aired on NDTV Imagine.
Ramayan tells the story of Rama, the eldest son of Dasharatha, the King of Ayodhya. Rama is due to become king after his father’s retirement, but his stepmother, Kaikeyi wants her son Bharat to take the throne.
As King Dasharatha had earlier promised to fulfil any two wishes for her, Kaikeyi demands that Rama should be banished to the forest for fourteen years and that Bharat should be crowned as king. Dasharatha keeps his word and with a heavy heart asks Rama to leave for the forest. Rama accepts the exile and is accompanied by his wife Mata Sita and younger brother Lakshman. When Bharat learns that his mother is responsible for Rama's exile he renounces her and beseeches Rama to return to Ayodhya. Rama declines, whereupon Bharat places Rama's charan paduka on the throne as a symbol that Rama is the true king.
Bharat rules Ayodhya for the next fourteen years. Ravan, the evil King of Lanka, abducts Mata Sita, prompting Rama, Lakshman, Hanuman and his army of apes, the Vanara Sena , to rescue her and Rama to slay Ravan.
|Gurmeet Choudhary||Rama||Male Lead Protagonist. Eldest Son of Kaushalya and Dasharatha. King of Ayodhya and also an avatar of Vishnu.|
|Vishnu||Parallel Male Protagonist and of which Rama is a part, as Rama is an avatar of Vishnu.|
|Debina Bonnerjee||Sita||Female Lead Protagonist. Wife of Rama and daughter of the earth goddess Bhūmi and the adopted daughter of King Janaka of Mithila.|
|Rishabh Sharma||Kush||One of the twin sons of Rama and Sita. Twin brother of Luv.|
|Perin Monish Malde||Luv||One of the twin sons of Rama and Sita. Twin brother of Kush.|
|Ankit Arora||Lakshman||Brother and close companion of Rama. He is the twin brother of Shatrughna, born to Sumitra, the second wife of Dasharatha, his father. Thus, Lakshman is the third eldest son of Dashratha.|
|Vikram Sharma||Hanuman||Hanuman is an ardent devotee of Rama and a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana. A general among the vanaras, Hanuman is a disciple of Rama in the war against the demon king Ravan.|
|Akhilendra Mishra||Ravan||Primary Antagonist. King of Lanka and brother of Surpanakha.|
|Ashok Banthia||Viswamitra||A sage who takes Rama and Lakshman to protect his rituals, in the course of time he took both of them to Janakpuri, to attend Sita swayamvar.|
|Punkaj Kalraa||Dasharatha||Father of Rama and his brothers.|
|Vije Bhatia||Bharat||Brother of Rama, and the son of Dasaratha and Kaikeyi. He is the second eldest son of Dasharatha.|
|Lalit Negi||Shatrughna||Brother of Rama and son of Dasaratha and his third wife, Sumitra. He is the youngest son of Dasharatha.|
|Rajni Chandra||Kaushalya||The eldest of King Daśaratha's three wives, she was the daughter of the King of the Kosala Kingdom. She was the mother of Rama. A queen of Ayodhya.|
|Jaya Ojha||Mandodari||Queen Consort of Ravana.|
|Hemakshi Ujjain||Kaikeyi||One of the three wives of Dasharatha and mother of Bharata. A queen of Ayodhya.|
|Sangeeta Kapure||Sumitra||One of the three wives of Dasharatha and mother of twins, Shatrughna and Lakshmana. A queen of Ayodhya.|
|Vinod Kapoor||Vibhishan||He was the younger half brother of the Rakshasa (demon) king Ravana of Lanka. Though a Rakshasa himself, Vibhishana was of a noble character and advised Ravana, who kidnapped and abducted Sita, to return her to her husband Rama in an orderly fashion and promptly. When his brother did not listen to his advice, Vibhishana joined Rama's army. Later, when Rama defeated Ravana, Rama crowned Vibhishana as the king of Lanka.|
|Praphulla Pandey||Meghnath||A warrior mentioned in the Indian epic Ramayana, was the son of the Lankan king Ravana.|
|Rakesh Deewana||Kumbhakarna||He is a demon and brother of Ravana in the Indian Ramayana epic. Despite his monstrous size and great hunger, he was described to be of good character, though he killed and ate many Hindu monks just to show his power.|
|Paras Arora||Rama||Eldest son of Kaushalya and Dasharatha, King of Ayodhya. Also an avatar of Vishnu.|
Omang Kumar designed the sets and Nisha Sagar designed the costumes. Anand Sagar, son of late Ramanand Sagar, directed the series having worked on the script for about six months with this team. The series was shot at "Sagar Film City" in Baroda.
Ravindra Jain, who composed music for the 1980s series returned as composer. Playback singers included Kavita Subramaniam and Suresh Wadkar. An audio CD with 17 bhajans from the series was released in 2009 with lyrics/music by Jain and the voices of singers Suresh Wadkar, Kavita Subramaniam, Sadhana Sargam, Satish Dehra, Pamela Jain, Ravi Tripathi, Amaye Daate, Rekha Rao, Prem Prakash, Kuldeep, Subhash Srivastav, Sanket, and the composer himself.
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The Malayalam version of Ramayan aired on Surya TV and featured songs sung by Unni Menon. Ramayan was dubbed into Tamil and aired on Sun TV from October 2009. The Telugu version aired on Gemini TV. The Gujarati version aired on ETV Gujarati.