Ramayan (1986–1988)

TV Series  -   -  Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 723 users  
Reviews: 8 user

The Lord incarnated upon the earth nine times. The seventh was known as "Ram Avatar." Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan is the story of the incarnation. It covers the entire story in detail up to Ram's coronation.

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Venice Film Festival

See the latest from the 2014 Venice Film Festival


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 94 titles
created 16 Jul 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 20 Nov 2012
 
list image
a list of 33 titles
created 26 Nov 2012
 
a list of 12 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Ramayan" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ramayan (1986–1988)

Ramayan (1986–1988) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ramayan.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mahabharat (1988–1990)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

The epic story of the family feud between the noble Pandava princes and their scheming cousins, the Kaurava kings.

Stars: Arun Bakshi, Pramod Kumar, Aloka Mukerjee
Devon Ke Dev... Mahadev (TV Series 2011)
Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

This is the story of Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti. It is an elaborated narration of Shiv and Shakti's separation and union, their journeys together, and how that affected and shaped the ... See full summary »

Stars: Sonarika Bhadoria, Chari Asopa, Arun Bali
Chanakya (TV Series 1990)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

This is a historical saga of establishing the Mauryan Empire in India

Stars: Hemant M. Pandya, Ashok Banthia, Sudhir Dalvi
Mahabharat (1965)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Pandu and Dhirtrashtra are two brothers who rule Hastinapur. Pandu gets married to Kunti, who conceives five sons and names them Yudhister, Bhimsen, Arjun, Nakul and Sahdev, while ... See full summary »

Director: Babubhai Mistri
Stars: Pradeep Kumar, Padmini, Dara Singh
Vikram Aur Betaal (TV Series 1988)
Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Stars: Arun Govil, Sajjan, Mulraj Rajda
Hum Paanch (TV Series 1995)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Anand Mathur, a middle-class businessman living in Bombay, gets no end of trouble from his five wild and troublesome daughters.

Stars: Shoma Anand, Vidya Balan, Priyanka Mehra
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An anime adaptation of the Hindu myth the Ramayana, where the avatar Sri Ram combats the wicked king Ravana.

Directors: Ram Mohan, Yûgô Sakô, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jane Alan, Catherine Battistone, Richard Cansino
Ramayana (1985)
Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Mahabharat (2013)
Animation | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Mahabharat is considered as the greatest and the longest epic in world literature It has all the possible elements that a story could have - conflict, duty, sacrifice, heroism, truth, ... See full summary »

Director: Amaan Khan
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Vidya Balan
Comedy Nights with Kapil (TV Series 2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Every episode starts with stage act of Kapil Sharma and various characters and then Kapil take one or more celebrity interview with co-actors.

Stars: Kapil Sharma, Sumona Chakravarti, Ali Sagar
Ramayan (1981)
Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Girish Manukant
Satyamev Jayate (TV Series 2012)
Documentary | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Aamir Khan hosts and produces this documentary/talk-show that explores the social issues effecting modern India.

Stars: Aamir Khan
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Arun Govil ...
 Ram
Deepika ...
 Sita
Dara Singh ...
Arvind Trivedi ...
 Ravan
Samir Rajda ...
 Shatrughna (1987-1988)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vijay Arora ...
 Meghnath
Rajni Bala ...
 Sumitra (1986-1988) (as Rajnibala)
Bal Dhuri ...
 Dasharath (1986-1988)
Jayshree Gadkar ...
 Kaushalya (1986-1988)
Sanjay Jog ...
Padma Khanna ...
Sulakshana Khatri ...
 Mandavi (1986-1988)
Sunil Lahri ...
 Laxman
Lalita Pawar ...
 Manthara (1986-1988)
Mulraj Rajda ...
 Janak
Edit

Storyline

The Lord incarnated upon the earth nine times. The seventh was known as "Ram Avatar." Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan is the story of the incarnation. It covers the entire story in detail up to Ram's coronation.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Also Known As:

Ramayana  »

Box Office

Budget:

IDR 100,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(78 episodes)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The sounds of chanting during sacrifices were looped versions of chanting sounds previously used in _ Sita Swayamvar (1976)_, which was also based on the ancient epic Ramayana. See more »

Connections

Followed by Luv Kush (1989) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It brought India to a standstill!
30 March 2008 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

When "Ramayan" aired, India (even then having a population over 900 million) came to a standstill. Buses stopped running, religious services (Hindu and non-Hindu) were rescheduled, and everyone stopped what they were doing for 30 minutes every Sunday morning to watch the ancient Indian epic brought to life on television. It's hard to believe that something like that is possible, but it really happened. Despite being dismissed by some as a cheap production with garish sets, cheesy special effects, and melodramatic dialogue, "Ramayan" was and continues to be a phenomenon.

True, the production is quite obviously very low budget and it shows in the special effects and sets. (Tollywood director Bapu's "Seeta Kalyanam" a.k.a. "Seeta Swayamvar" shows a much better production, even though it, too, was low-budget.) Some of the same actors are used repeatedly for various minor roles and voices. At times, it does look like a high school production.

But, what 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.

The dialogue might sound melodramatic to some (and sometimes it is), but the script is extremely faithful to the original texts that it is based off of. Sometimes, lines are directly quoted from Valmiki or Tulsidas and translated into Hindi. "Ramayan" takes very little dramatic license and so what is presented on screen is an accurate presentation of the source texts. This gives "Ramayan" value not only to devout Hindus but also to students of Hindu religion and Indian epic poetry, both of whom can watch the series and get a good understanding of the works of Valmiki, Tulsidas, and others. The feeling conveyed in the television series is the feeling conveyed from a recital of the epic itself.

What also helps this series tremendously is the music by Ravindra Jain. Indian storytelling in general (both in film and in religious sermons) has a tradition of mixing dialogue with songs. Here, Ravindra Jain uses music to its fullest advantage. There are plenty of songs throughout the series, but they are placed in perfect situations. This is not the typical Bollywood style of breaking into song and dance at random and inappropriate places. Instead, rather than boring the audience with a long battle scene filled with cheap special effects, the battle is shown with a song describing the battle. Scenes of devotion naturally have devotional music with them. Transition scenes are accompanied by lines of Tulsidas. In fact, Jain sometimes cleverly and seamlessly merges his own lyrics with the poetry of Tulsidas, creating songs that are modern masterpieces of music.

I'm generally satisfied with the casting choices. 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.)

We tend to put all of that aside, though, because of just how well the story works for us. "Ramayan" made religion fashionable on Indian television. This is why some scholars list Ramanand Sagar (who, I reiterate, was an otherwise mediocre filmmaker) as one of 4 men (along with Valmiki, Tulsidas, and Kamban) who has shaped modern interpretations of the Ramayana story. That is quite an achievement, to be one of the four main forces that guide a tradition that dates back thousands of years, all on a budget (I'm told) of Rs. 100,000 per episode.

Really, I've already said more than needs to be said. All that really needs to be said is that "Ramayan" brought India to a STANDSTILL!


16 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
music chandigarh
Discuss Ramayan (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?