On the third day of the 21-day national lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the central government announced Friday that 1980s serial Ramayana will be aired on Doordarshan again. Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar announced on Twitter that the iconic television show will once again be aired on the public broadcaster again due to “public demand” and there were plenty of reactions to the news on social media.
One episode of the serial will air in morning at 9 am and re-broadcast at 9 pm. Ramanand Sagar’s television show was first broadcast in 1987, and was arguably the first show to gain mass popularity on Indian television.
As the news spread on social media, many said they were thrilled with the news. Many went down memory lane, while others requested a comeback for other popular Doordarshan shows like Mahabharata, Shaktimaan, and Jungle Book among others.
And as it Indians sat in front of their TV screens to see the epic show once again, #Ramayana and #Doordarshan dominated social media trends. Here’s how people reacted to all the excitement of catching the hit 80s show once again.
Full attendance infront of the TV @ 9am. We are re-living our childhood (I was 7 years old and my parents bought a Bush TV for me to see this show)… my kids might never understand but I’m happy they are watching with me. #Ramayan @DDNational pic.twitter.com/pYIM7zj4wD
— Shweta Shalini (@shweta_shalini) March 28, 2020
A lot of people would be watching Ramayan on their own Televisions for the first time 😃
— Shridhar V (@iimcomic) March 28, 2020
Ramayan ka aadha episode to meri dadi ne yahi poochne me nikaal diya ki inme se kaunsa actor abhi bhi zinda hai
— Saloni Gaur (Nazma Aapi) (@salonayyy) March 28, 2020
I vividly remember my memories of watching #Ramayan on those Sunday mornings. We had Uptron TV on those days, and antenna was such a pain. As it was my responsibility to prepare TV with right signals..
These memories are nostalgic!! pic.twitter.com/NVrSxdQ12U
— Chetan Singh (@ChetanNature) March 28, 2020
— Hunटरर ♂ 🥳 (@nickhunterr) March 28, 2020
— Laplace😷 (@illogical_7) March 28, 2020
— प्रोफसर Raja babu 🥳🌈 (@GaurangBhardwa1) March 28, 2020
— Quarantined Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) March 28, 2020
Other Entertainment channels right now- pic.twitter.com/luIQYB1ZZB
— Naweed (@Spoof_Junkey) March 28, 2020
*Having seen their viewers increased*
— Prince Pandey🍁🦜 (@princepandey_) March 28, 2020
Earlier, after the announcement was made, many also shared memes and jokes how life is indeed going back to the “good old days” and “coming full circle”. Some said the telecast of the show could take people away from other streaming platforms:
Birds chirping outside, all family members dividing and finishing household tasks, Ramanaya playing on DD national…we will be revisiting the 90’s kid life very soon.
— SwatKat💃 (@swatic12) March 27, 2020
How life take a full circle:
Earlier: Roads were empty due to Ramayan, Mahabharat Broadcast.
Now: Ramayan, Mahabharat going to be broadcasted as roads are empty. #21daylockdown
— Unsocially_M’idiotic (@m_idiotic) March 27, 2020
Me and my bois tomorrow at 9 am pic.twitter.com/477hJA9npo
— Manish (@Man_isssh) March 27, 2020
“9am Ramayan starts”
Me and family members: pic.twitter.com/i7al6lAWlz
— 🆎 (@Woh_ladka) March 27, 2020
First ever lockdown: pic.twitter.com/W3CBonYM7S
— satan (@66beelzebub) March 27, 2020
90’s kids are so excited to watch again #Ramayan
Netflix to 90’s kids :- pic.twitter.com/bFFJemAWbB
— N I D H I ♥ (@Mnidhi2) March 27, 2020
— CHEEKU 🌼 (@Okay_Bye___) March 27, 2020
*Ramayana set to air on DD* pic.twitter.com/28ziDDzYnQ
— رومانا (@RomanaRaza) March 27, 2020
Netflix prime Hotstar pic.twitter.com/zujkWcxl16
— Pun of God 😷 (@Punnajiaka) March 27, 2020
— Tweenting Quarantino (@rohitadhikari92) March 27, 2020
Everyone is a Gangsta until the real Gangsta arrives pic.twitter.com/bgpNRpAKHy
— Deepak Kumar (@Trollybhai) March 27, 2020
Doordarshan after hike on it’s TRP.. pic.twitter.com/SdwVnHz6Ut
— Kaju Katli (@kaju__katli) March 27, 2020
— Navneet Kaur (@NKMangat) March 27, 2020
In his second address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a complete lockdown across the country for three weeks starting from midnight tonight on Tuesday. In his speech the prime minister too had a reference to the Indian epic, urging people not to cross the ‘lakshman rekha’ of their homes for 21 days.
In India, so far 17 people have lost their lives due to the coronavirus and the over 700 people have tested positive for Covid-19. Globally, casualties spiked to 24,057 and the number of cases crossed 5 lakhs.
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