Ramayan poster (Photo Credit: Twitter)
In the era off OTT, web streaming and binge watching Doordarshan united India albiet from their homes on Saturday as the channel started rerun its iconic shows including Ramayan and Mahabharat. In these gloomy times of Coronavirus pandemic, the mythological show got family members together to watch the show they cherished years back after it was aired at 9 am on DD National on Saturday. Netizens that includes Union Minister Prakash Javdekar to actress Kajal Agarwal celebrated the moment with new found hysteria.
#Ramayan and #Mahabharat became the top trend on Twitter as users took to social media to post pictures of their TV and family uniting to watch the show while practicing social distancing. Some even shared tills from the show with fond childhood memories and how till date it is etched in their hearts.
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
Taking me back to childhood. #Ramayan and #Mahabharat on @DDNational with the entire family! This was our routine weekend plan. ðŸ˜Â so glad it’s restarted, great way for kids to learn Indian Mythology. pic.twitter.com/ZFc4X0oTFl— Kajal Aggarwal (@MsKajalAggarwal) March 28, 2020
The announcement of broadcasting the old episodes of Ramayan and Mahabharat was made by Information and Broadcasting Minister on Friday. The Union Minister took to Twitter to inform about the ministry's decision. In response to Javadekar's announcement, Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar thanked him for his 'guidance'. In a series of tweets, Shekhar also expressed his gratitude for the Sagar family for their contribution.
The announcement comes after the social media witnessed a deluge of posts by users demanding the rerun of the mythology-based shows such as Ramayana and Mahabharata during the coronavirus lockdown.