5 Iconic Portrayals of Ram from Ramayana in Pop Culture

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1. Lanka Dahan (1917)

This silent film is one of the oldest film adaptations of Ramayana and was directed by Dadasaheb Phalke. Anna Salunke played Ram and his wife Sita since women were prohibited from participating in commercial performing arts at that time.

2. Ramayan (1954 film)

Ramayan is a 1954 film directed by Shankarrao Vyas and Hariprasanna Das. It revolves around the latter part of the epic Ramayana, specifically focusing on Rama and Sita's twin sons Luv and Kusha.

3. Ramayan (TV series, 1987–1988)

The ‘Most Viewed Mythological Serial’ created, written, and directed by Ramanand Sagar, and narrated by Ashok Kumar, with music composed by Ravindra Jain. Lord Ram was played by Arun Govil, who became a household name after the show's success.

4. Lav Kush (1997)

Lav Kush is a film based on the story of Sita, Rama, and their twin sons Lava-Kusha. The cast includes notable actors such as Jeetendra as Lord Rama (one of the handful of leading men who have essayed this character), Jaya Prada as Goddess Sita, and Arun Govil as Lakshmana.

5. Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama (1992)

Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama is a 1992 Indian-Japanese animated film that was the first of its kind - anime Ramayana that attracted a huge younger audience.

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