From being offered a whopping amount for sensuous shoots to being worshiped as Gods, a look at some funny facts about the Ramayan cast

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Last updated on - Mar 7, 2020, 22:12 ISTclose01/9From being offered a whopping amount for sensuous shoots to being worshiped as Gods, a look at some funny facts about the Ramayan castRamanand Sagar's Ramayan, which first aired between January 1987 and July 1988, was a huge hit. The iconic TV show clocked 33…

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01/9From being offered a whopping amount for sensuous shoots to being worshiped as Gods, a look at some funny facts about the Ramayan cast

Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, which first aired between January 1987 and July 1988, was a huge hit. The iconic TV show clocked 33 years in January. All the actors associated with the show reached new heights of stardom and popularity after being a part of it especially the trio of Arun Govil, Deepika Chikhalia and Sunil Lahri, who played lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman respectively. There are many unheard and interesting stories about the cult TV show which will definitely leave you amused. Take a look.

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02/9Cast was offered a whopping amount for sensuous shoots:

Actor Arun Govil, who became a national icon in the eighties playing Ram in the eighties serial “Ramayan”, recalled on The Kapil Sharma Show that there was a time when the cast of the series was approached for sensuous photoshoots. “While we were shooting for ‘Ramayan’, a lot of renowned magazines approached me and the other cast members to do sensuous photoshoots for them. They were so desperate that they were ready to pay hefty amounts for it. But none of us accepted their offers and we believed that our audiences’ look up to and rest their faith in us. We could never take the chance of breaking their trust for money,” said Arun. (Photo: Instagram)

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03/9​Arun Govil’s popularity

The actor, who played lord Ram divulged an unbelievable experiences from his real-life while shooting for TKSS. Once, when Arun Govil was crossing the street of Mauritius with his wife, a few people recognized him from Ramayan and they got out of their cars and did Shashtang Dandavat Pranam in the middle of the road. (Photo: Instgaram)

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04/9​When Deepika had to live her on-screen character in real-life too

Deepika Chikhalia, who shot to instant popularity as goddess Sita, had to live her screen character in real-life too. She shared on The Kapil Sharma Show that she was quite young whilst playing the character of Mata Sita and she had to be in saree both on and off screen to maintain the piousness of the character. (Photo: Instagram)

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05/9​Record breaking viewership

The show Ramayan crossed total viewership of 650 million and has been aired in 55 countries, which broke the record in Limca Book as the most watched mythological series in the Indian History. (Photo: Instagram)

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06/9​Bollywood artists bowed down before them

While hosting the show, Kapil Sharma revealed that Arun Govil (who played Ram) had told him that from commoners to renowned Bollywood artists all would fold their hands and bow in respect treating Arun Govil as Lord Ram. (Photo: Instagram)

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07/9​Meeting with late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi

Arun Govil shared that the cast got to know about their popularity after 3 months of the show’s telecast when they were called by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to Delhi for felicitation. (Photo: Instagram)

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08/9​A heart touching moment

They also shared a heart-touching experience when around one million people gathered at 10 Km wide Banaras Ghat just to see a glimpse of the three artists Arun Govil, Deepika Chikhalia and Sunil Lahri in the attire of the Shree Ram, Mata Sita and Laxman.

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09/9​The cast was worshiped as gods:

The host of The Kapil Sharma Show, who reminisced the days when Ramayan aired for the first time on Indian Television, said, “Every time the show aired on the television, female members in my house and the neighbours who used to come over to watch the show always had their dupatta over their heads to pay respect.”

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