The alarming spread of the deadly Coronavirus has brought the whole world to a standstill. As the battle against the novel COVID-19 continues, India has been put under a complete lockdown. Termed as the darkest period of all times, 2020 started off on an unlikely note. Amid a grim situation, Doordarshan flagged off the re-run of iconic shows that aired in the 80s and 90s. Amongst several shows was the evergreen Ramayan. Starring Arun Govil, Dipika Chikhlia and Sunil Lahri as Ram, Sita and Lakshman, late Dara Singh as Hanuman and Arvind Trivedi as Raavan, the show proved to be a blockbuster even today. However, while Ramayan has received love from the audience in abundance, it came across as shocking when Arun, on Twitter, revealed that he never got any formal award for his performance.
Arun, on Twitter, on Saturday, replied to journalist Raghuvendra Singh's question regarding awards. He said that neither the Central nor State Government of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh (his hometown) felicitated him with awards for the portrayal of Ram in Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan.
— Arun Govil (@arungovil12) April 25, 2020
As soon as the tweet went viral, fans of Ramayan and Arun, Dipika and Sunil put forth their demand for an award. They came out in support of Arun and also stated the importance of an award. Some went on to say that the cast should be honoured with Padma Shri and National Award.
In 1987 the masterpiece was made and rest is history...We have request to the government that, Ramanand Sagar should be awarded by Bharat Ratna , coz' Ramayan is the divine show who define our culture us and will be helpful for our upcoming generation pic.twitter.com/tc0N7tyyrK
— Himanshu Seth (@tereMaalKaYaar) April 27, 2020
— Nitesh Yadav (@niteshyadav021) April 27, 2020
Streets were empty.
People along with their family glued to the TV.
Mangal bhawan amangal Hari still gives goosebumps.
Award for the best show in the history of shows. pic.twitter.com/gO9AT7A6iO
— Dac Saab (@ChetanK90122534) April 27, 2020
#AwardForRamayan@PMOIndia i request to give them there best recognition as an award that they deserve too early.@arungovil12 sir, @LahriSunil sir, @DipikaChikhliya mam and late Dara Singh shaab, you all must deserve the best thing. pic.twitter.com/gtHGPwA1yD
— Abhinav Raj Rathore (@Warrior_Abhinav) April 27, 2020
#AwardForRamayan Absolutely Agree.. This Timeless Classic deserves special recognition for its contribution including all the Actors, Technicians and Team that made it a Timeless Classic.. Hope to see this happen.. @arungovil12
— King of Hastinapur (@AkshayJajra) April 27, 2020
Ramayan is the divine show who define our culture and Heritage.
Teaching us the best of Morales and values. The great epic series must be awarded to promote this culture and motivate the new generation as well.
Jai Shri Ram... pic.twitter.com/tZpboc4IAN
— Rukmini ( shrikrishna) (@rukmini__real) April 27, 2020
— Nitish Kumar (@nitishkr100) April 26, 2020
Ramayan was re-telecast between March 28 to April 18, 2020.