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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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".
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.
The futuristic approach and vision of Dr. RamanandSagar led the Sagar Group of companies to become one of the pioneers in India's media production industry.
Starting with the megahit TV serial "Vikram&Betaal", and followed by fairy tales of "Dada Dadi Ki Kahaniyan", Sagar Group - in a period of just 15 years have logged over 2,000 Hours of super hit Television software, including the blockbusters "RAMAYAN", “SHRI KRISHNA", "ALIF LAILA", "JAI GANGA MAIYA", "ANKHEN" “SAI BABA” which was his last show before he left his body.
PRESS COMMENTS - RAMAYAN
On its launching in 1987, Prime Minister of India Shri RAJIV GANDHI said that
“… 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 …”
Former President of India SHANKAR DAYAL SHARMA said
“… the ideals and life style in the epic ‘RAMAYAN’ are valid for humanity forever…”
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – N.Y. (front page) - “…‘RAMAYAN’ was so popular even with non-Hindus, that some Christian Churches rescheduled Sunday services so that parishioners wouldn’t miss it…”
CNN - “… 3200 Year old Indian epic -‘RAMAYAN’ – streets became deserted as Indians abandoned work and chores to watch the adventure of Lord Rama…”
THE TIMES – London- “…‘RAMAYAN’ is India’s most successful television serial, watched weekly by an estimated 40 million people…”
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.
THE TIMES OF INDIA wrote - “…‘RAMAYAN’ is the Biggest Block Buster in the History of Indian Television …”
INDIA TODAY wrote - “…‘RAMAYAN’ is a Divine Sensation…”
NELSON Ratings - “…‘RAMAYAN’ generated significant Nelson rating when telecast on “Eye on Asia” in New York…”
‘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’.
Conferred the title of PADAMASHRI by Government of India in 2001
In 1997 - Doctor of Literature (D.Lit.) (HonorisCausa by Jammu University)
In 1996 - Doctor of Literature (SahityaVachaspati) by Hindi SahityaSammelan (Prayag) Allahabad
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 ●
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 ●
1964 - ZINDAGI (Life)–(Producer, Director & Writer - financed by Gemini)
Starring Rajendra Kumar, Vyjantimala and Raaj Kumar ● The biggest block buster ever ●
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’ ●
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.
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 ●
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 ●
1973 - JALTE BADAN (Sizzling Bodies)- (Producer, Director & Writer)
● Over 5 Awards for Best Cinematography – including Andra Pradesh Film Journalists Asso. Award ●
1974 - HAMRAHI – (A RamanandSagar presentation - Director – AnandSagar)
A Silver jubilee hit.
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 ●
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●
1977 - PREM BANDHAN (Bondages of Love)-(Director)
Starring Rajesh Khanna, Rekha and Moushami Chatterjee.
1978 - RAM BHAROSE – (A RamanandSagar presentation - Director – AnandSagar)
Starring Randhir Kapoor, Rekha, Amjad Khan and Dara Singh.
A Silver Jubliee Hit.
1979 - HUM TERE ASHIQ HAIN – (A RamanandSagar presentation - Director – PremSagar)
Starring Jitendra, HemaMalini, Dr. Sri Ram Lagoo and Amjad Khan
1980 - PYAARA DUSHMAN – (A RamanandSagar presentation - Director – AnandSagar)
A Silver Jubilee Hit ● Gold Disc for Super hit song - Hari Om Hari…
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…
1982 - BAGHAVAT (The Rebellion) – (Producer, Director & Writer)
Starring Dharmendra, HemaMalini and Reena Roy
●A Silver Jubilee block buster●
1983 - ROMANCE - ( Producer, Director & Writer )
Starring Kumar Gaurav, PoonamDhillon and Shammi Kapoor
Shot all over in U.K. including lake district - Newcastle upon Tyne
1985 - BAADAL –( ARamanandSagar presentation - Director – AnandSagar)
Starring MithunChakravarthy, PoonamDhillion and Shammi Kapoor
SALMA – 1985 (Producer &Director )
Starring Raj Babbar, Salma Agha and Farooq Sheikh