With Devon Ke Dev Mahadev drawing viewers to Life Ok, it seems as if mythological shows are once again in demand. That's what the decision makers at Zee TV seem to think anyway. A li'l birdie has just chirped to us that the channel is looking at bringing Ramayan back to television screens. Ramanand Sagar's production house Sagar Arts, which made the first two versions in 1986 and 2008, will revisit the epic. Gurmeet Chaudhary and Debina Bonnerjee, who starred in the 2008 version, won't be reprising their roles. Instead, talks are on with some other big names in telly land. These include Aditya Redij (Sawaare Sabke Sapne Preeto), Aamir Dalvi (Sanskaar Lakshmi, Chhal Sheh Aur Maat) and Avinash Sachdev (Chhoti Bahu) for the role of Ram and Sanjeeda Sheikh (Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka), Suhasi Dhami (Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli) and Rubina Dilaik (Chhoti Bahu) for Sita.
From what we hear, the aim of Zee is to introduce Ramayan to today's generation who has not watched the 1986 version. But surely they did see the 2008 version? Maybe because it aired on a rival channel, it doesn't count? We wonder'
ZEE TV will be launching the new series of the mythological series 'Ramayan' in August, BizAsia can confirm.
As previously reported, the revamped version of 'Ramayan' will be produced by Sagar Arts. Other star details have not yet been announced.
Notably, ZEE TV had last experimented with 'Ramayan' in 2002, which did well in the ratings. The show was produced in-house.
Sagar Arts has previously worked on 'Dwarkadheesh' on the now defunct channel, Imagine TV.
The new 'Ramayan' will air on Sunday mornings at 11:00 from Sunday 19th August.
Sagar Pictures, who produced Dwarkadheesh Bhagwan Shri Krishn on Imagine TV, is now working on yet another mythological show. Yes, the production house will now come up with Ramayan for Zee TV.
We hear that the casting for the show is in full swing. The plan is to go on floor sometime in July. The channel is looking for an August 2012 launch. The show will be a weekly and most probably will be aired on Sunday.
We tried calling producer Moti Sagar and dropped a text message too, but could not get a confirmation.
Our efforts to reach Sukesh Motwani, Fiction Head, Zee TV also proved futile.
Let's see if Zee TV can further strengthen its weekend programming with this mytho series.
Why do they keep doing the same thing over and over and over again? There's a wealth of material available and they restrict themselves to the same thing. Try something new for goodness' sake.
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