Currently re-runs on Star Utsav as Ramleela - Divya Gatha Siya Aur Ram Ki, on Saturday-Sunday 6:30 pm and on Vijay Super as Seedhayin Raaman. So far, none of these tangents have been boring or unnecessary. The 2008 version was too much into going all out with everything. Karthik too is not perfect. Read: Over the years, I have managed to watch the countless reruns of the show and on the basis of that, here is a comparison between the 1986 series and the 2015 series. The great acting from even the secondary characters like Kaikeyi Grusha Kapoor and Dasharath Dalip Tahil is enough to keep viewers hooked.
Apart from the colour, the sets were rather simple and so were the costumes but hey, that was definitely a glorious venture considering the time and era. Talking about people going overboard, Debina Bonnerjee overdid everything, just like Gurmeet. Madirakshi is also more expressive without ever going overboard. While Gurmeet and Ashish are more or less of the same age, Arun Govil looked like a Ram in his 40s. They did get a voice actor to dub over his words but it is all too evident on screen and a tad irritating.
Sita Left to right: Deepika Chiklis, Debina Bonnerjee and Madirakshi Mundle in Ramayan 1986 , Ramayan 2008 and Siya Ke Ram. The initial few episodes of the series, where she was at the forefront, she was not just a beautiful princess but one who helps her father and the people of her land in moments of need. The Characters: Ram Left to right: Arun Govil, Gurmeet Chaudhary and Ashish Sharma in Ramayan 1986 , Ramayan 2008 and Siya Ke Ram. He is a great actor, no doubt and also pretty scary. So here is a check on that. Dara Singh was the perfect mix of both these qualities.
Ravana Left to right: Arvind Trivedi, Akhilendra Mishra and Karthik Jayaram in Ramayan 1986 , Ramayan 2008 and Siya Ke Ram. One can have no complaints against his acting which is always up to the mark and never too loud. YouTube The 1986 version was all about super bright colours and we can understand that considering how the Indian population was just getting introduced to colour television, sure the producers would go ballistic with the pinks and the reds. This is a gift that just keeps on giving. This show presents the epic Ramayana, the story of Rama and Devi Sita through Sita's perspective. His accent was not popular among the audience as many Hindi words would give him trouble. .
Or at least that is what my parents have told me as it was long before I was even born. YouTube One very noticeable pattern in all these character comparisons will be how the actors just keep getting younger and younger. While all three of them look big and scary, Karthik still has a long way to come close to Arvind Trivedi, who made Ravana iconic with his pot-belly with a heavy moustache. Gurmeet Chaudhary, however, was always over the top at everything he did. It was so gentle and calming, you could actually listen to him with your eyes closed and attain spiritual bliss. The show features Ashish Sharma and Madirakshi Mundle playing as Lord Rama and Lady Sita. Yes, she is still self-sacrifising and demure like we know Sita to be, but she is also interesting.
There are two things expected of anyone who plays Hanuman- a that he is big and muscular and b that he is funny. But it does seem logical that Ravana should be muscular because how else would he be able to wreak havoc on an entire army? Hanuman Left to right: Dara Singh, Vikram Sharma and Danish Akhtar in Ramayan 1986 , Ramayan 2008 and Siya Ke Ram. YouTube This is where Siya Ke Ram wins with quite a margin. But he does look a lot more like a prince than Arun Govil. Vikram fell short on both these criteria. Always super angry, super romantic or super gentle, if that is even possible for anyone to be.
She would make the most forced faces like the one above and do things like talk while smiling through her teeth even when the scene called for a normal conversation. Surely not with a pot-belly. He was not very big, which we could have overlooked had he been funny. Look at this: Surpanakha is out to take revenge on Ravana. In 1986, exactly 30 years ago, Ramanand Sagar too caught the right nerve when he decided to televise the epic. Ashish Sharma is a muscular, powerful Ram with a perennial pokerface.
But the shoddy job done by the series could not be saved even with Mishra on their side. YouTube Of all these actors, perhaps Akhilendra Mishra is the only actor people know from other than this role. . . .
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