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RAMANAND SAGAR

Ramanandsagar - An Epic Life – Barsaat to Ramayan

The recently released biography of Late Dr. RamanandSagar by Westend publications, a branch of Amazon India is written by his son, Mr. PremSagar titled, “An Epic Life – RamanandSagar, From Barasaat to Ramayan”. The poignant book contains the personal memoirs written by a devoted son for his loving and ideal father. It details the life of RamanandBedi (birth name Chandramouli) from his birth in a small hamlet called Asal-Guruke near Lahore in Undivided India in the year 1917 to his journey as a human being and a writer as he was destined to make the Ramayana series at the ripe age of 70 years for which he achieved worldwide fame and recognition. It also traces back his ancestry to the early 17th century to a wealthy Punjabi Khastriya “Chopra” family from Peshawar (current day Pakistan) who migrated to the valleys of Kashmir.

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Ramanand Sagar

A BRIEF HISTORY

From a clapper boy in the silent movie "Raiders Of The Rail Road" in 1936, Dr. RamanandSagar rose to be a successful film maker, writer, director & producer to be reckoned with. He not only mastered the art of cinema, but also entertained the masses in the long run.

As an independent film writer he wrote about 29 films He established his own film production company "Sagar Art Corporation" in 1950. His first production was "MEHMAAN", which was written, directed & produced by him. Later his group of companies produced over 25 motion pictures till 1984 with over 15 of them being big box-office bonanzas, some of them having crossed 75 weeks theatrically, and some have become evergreen hits in the annals of Indian cinema. The block busters included Silver jubilees - six in a raw "GHUNGHAT", "ZINDAGI", “ARZOO", "GEET", "LALKAR", "HAMRAHI", "CHARAS", "PYAARA DUSHMAN", “RAM BHAROSE”, "BHAGAVAT" and a diamond jubilee "ANKHEN".

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Entry of a Gaint Film Maker into the Small Screen

Pioneer of Indian Television Industry

In Mid 70's, Dr. RamanandSagar and his sons while shooting for "Charas" in France, visited a French home and the whole family watched television together.

As a visionary man, he foresaw that TV will ultimately surpass the big screen.The realization that it was the right medium that brought families together to watch respectable programs, He along with his sons took the biggest stride in TV history which gave them international recognition.

A thought process born in 1975, finally saw the light of the day in 1985.The Sagar Group were the first to enter into TV software production & created some of the most memorable programs in Indian Television.

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PRESS COMMENTS - RAMAYAN

… the ‘RAMAYAN’ has stirred the imaginations of millions of viewers. It has imbibed the great Indian culture, tradition and moral values specially in the young …

— On its launching in 1987, Prime Minister of India Shri RAJIV GANDHI
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… the ideals and life style in the epic ‘RAMAYAN’ are valid for humanity forever…

— Former President of India SHANKAR DAYAL SHARMA

…‘RAMAYAN’ was so popular even with non-Hindus, that some Christian Churches rescheduled Sunday services so that parishioners wouldn’t miss it…

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – N.Y. (front page)

… 3200 Year old Indian epic -‘RAMAYAN’ – streets became deserted as Indians abandoned work and chores to watch the adventure of Lord Rama…

CNN

…‘RAMAYAN’ is India’s most successful television serial, watched weekly by an estimated 40 million people…

THE TIMES – London

A book titled ‘NO FULL STOPS IN INDIA’ – by Mark Tully – BBC Correspondent – devoted one complete chapter with 27 pages toRamanandSagar’s ‘RAMAYAN’ and its unbelievable popularity.

5 VOLUMES OF RAMAYAN were translated in Japanese language for OSAKA University of Foreign studies and taught by Prof. TomioMizokami to Japanese student in OSAKA University.

…‘RAMAYAN’ is the Biggest Block Buster in the History of Indian Television …

THE TIMES OF INDIA

…‘RAMAYAN’ is a Divine Sensation…

INDIA TODAY

“…‘RAMAYAN’ generated significant Nelson rating when telecast on “Eye on Asia” in New York…

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‘RAMAYAN’ has been read in countless tongues, written and televised in myriad languages. It has found a home in simple villages and sophisticated cities all over the world. Since its telecast in Eightes ‘RAMAYAN’ has been hailed as a MODERN DAY MIRACLE. The media also hailed its director RamanandSagar, as modern day TULSIDAS and VALMIKI. ShobhaYatras and victory processions were held all over India to felicitate the man who made ‘RAMAYAN’ a miracle, who brought ‘RAMAYAN’ to every home. These processions these ShobhaYatras, these Honours and Awards were an everyday affair after the telecast of ‘RAMAYAN’.

FILMOGRAPHY - RAMANAND SAGAR

1949 - Raj Kapoor’s BARSAAT (The Rain) – (Writer) 1950 - BIRTH OF SAGAR ARTS with MEHMAAN (The Guest)– (Producer Director & Writer)
Starring Nimmi, Premnath, Sajjan and Poornima
1950 - BADI BAHU (The Daughter-in-Law) – (Writer)
Best story Award Mussoorie Film Festival
1951 - BAZOOBAND ( The Armlet) – Producer - Director & Writer)
Starring BalrajSahni
1951 - JAAN PEHCHAN (Acquaintance) – (Writer) 1951 - POONAM (Moon Light –Writer )
1952 - SHIN SHINAKI BOOBLA BOO – (Writer) 1953 - SANGDIL (Stone Hearted) –(Writer)
Starring DilipKumar and Madhubala
1953 - SHAGUFA (The Bloom) –(Writer) 1954 - ILZAAM (Accusation) – (Writer)
1954 - DIDI (The Sister) – (Writer) 1955 - RUKHSANA (Princess Rukhsana) – (Writer)
1955 - INSANIYAT (Humanity) – (Writer)
Starring Dilip Kumar, Dev Anandand BinaRai
1956 - RAJTILAK (The Coronation) –(Writer)
1957 - PAIGHAM (The Message) – (Writer)
Starring Dilip Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Vijayanti Mala.
“Film Fare Award” - Best Dialogue ● Award presented by President of Egypt Abdul Gamel Nasser ●
1958 - RAJ KUMAR (The Prince) –(Writer)
Starring Shammi Kapoor and Sadhana.
1958 - KOHINOOR - (Writer)
Starring Dilip Kumar and MeenaKumari.

THUS BEGAN THE GOLDEN PERIOD OF HIS FILM CAREER and of SAGAR ARTS

Ghunghat
1960

GHUNGHAAT (The Veil)- (Producer, Director & Writer–financed by Gemini)


Received Film Fare Award - best Actress


Starring BinaRai, Bharat Bhushan, Pradeep Kumar and Asha Parekh


Remembered for evergreen canvas & melodious music A big super duper hit

Ghunghat
1964

ZINDAGI (Life)–(Producer, Director & Writer - financed by Gemini)


Starring Rajendra Kumar, Vyjantimala and Raaj Kumar The biggest block buster ever

Ghunghat
1965

ARZOO – ( The desire) – (Producer, Director & Writer)


Winner of 25 awards Silver jubilee at over 16 cities


100 days at over 12 stations


All time records 42 Stations


Starring super hit pair Rajendra Kumar and Sadhana


Official Indian entry at the Sydney Film Festival Indian Film Festival at Moscow


Best story award -‘Tashkant Film Festival

Ankhen
1968

ANKHEN (The Eyes) – (Producer, Director &Writer )


Celebrated Diamond jubilee

Starring Dharmendra, Mala Sinha and KumKum

Shown at Indian Film Festival Moscow

Winner OF 20 awards including - two Film Fare Awards - Best Director & Best Cinematographer

All time records 50 Stations

Celebrated Silver jubilee at over 12 stations


100 days at over 25 stations

Shot in Japan, Middle East, Hong Kong, etc.

Geet
1970

GEET (The Song) –(Producer, Director & Writer )


Winner of 10 Awards


starring the hit pair Rajendra Kumar and Mala Sinha


All time record 52 stations


Celebrated Silver jubiliees at 8 Stations


100 days at 12 Stations

Lalkar
1972

LALKAR (The Challenge)- (Producer, Director & Writer)


Mega Silver jubilee hit


Starring Rajendra Kumar, Mala Sinha, Dharmendra, KumKum& Dara Singh


Winner of over 10 awards for cinematography

Lalkar
1973

JALTE BADAN (Sizzling Bodies)- (Producer, Director & Writer)


Over 5 Awards for Best Cinematography – including Andra Pradesh Film Journalists Asso. Award

Hamrahi
1974

HAMRAHI – (A RamanandSagar presentation - Director – AnandSagar)


Starring Randhir Kapoor, Tanuja and Khestho Mukerjee


Winner of over 25 awards including 12 awards for Best – Comedian Khestho Mukerjee and 4 awards for best cinematography

Charas
1975

CHARAS (The Dope Peddlers)- (Producer, Director & Writer)


Starring Dharmendra and Hema Malini


Hottest Silver jubilee hit


Box office record at over 75 Theatres at over 40 cities


100 days at over 30 stations


Shot all over Europe including Switzerland, Italy, France, Malta etc

Prem Bandhan
1977

PREM BANDHAN (Bondages of Love)-(Director)


Starring Rajesh Khanna, Rekha and Moushami Chatterjee.

Ram Bharose
1978

RAM BHAROSE – (A RamanandSagar presentation - Director – AnandSagar)


Starring Randhir Kapoor, Rekha, Amjad Khan and Dara Singh.


A Silver Jubliee Hit.

HTAH
1979

HUM TERE ASHIQ HAIN – (A RamanandSagar presentation - Director – PremSagar)


Starring Jitendra, HemaMalini, Dr. Sri Ram Lagoo and Amjad Khan

PYAARA DUSHMAN
1980

PYAARA DUSHMAN – (A RamanandSagar presentation - Director – AnandSagar)


A Silver Jubilee Hit


Gold Disc for Super hit song - Hari Om Hari

Arman
1981

ARMAAN – (A RamanandSagar presentation - Director – AnandSagar)


Starring RajBabbar, Ranjita, Deepak Parashar and Shammi Kapoor


Gold Disc for Super hit song – Ramba Ho… Samba Ho…

Arman
1982

BAGHAVAT (The Rebellion) – (Producer, Director & Writer)


Starring Dharmendra, HemaMalini and Reena Roy


A Silver Jubilee block buster

Arman
1983

ROMANCE - ( Producer, Director & Writer )


Starring Kumar Gaurav, PoonamDhillon and Shammi Kapoor


Shot all over in U.K. including lake district - Newcastle upon Tyne

Arman
1985

BAADAL –( ARamanandSagar presentation - Director – AnandSagar)


Starring MithunChakravarthy, PoonamDhillion and Shammi Kapoor

Salma
1985

SALMA – (Producer &Director )


Starring Raj Babbar, Salma Agha and Farooq Sheikh

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