The recently released biography of Late Dr. Ramanand Sagar by Westend publications, a branch of Amazon India is written by his son, Mr. Prem Sagar titled, “An Epic Life – Ramanand Sagar, 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 Ramanand Bedi (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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From a clapper boy in the silent movie “Raiders Of The Rail Road” in 1936, Dr. Ramanand Sagar – Ramayan rose to be a successful filmmaker, 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 blockbusters 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 the Mid ’70s, Dr. Ramanand Sagar 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. Ramanand Sagar 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.
On its launching in 1987, Prime Minister of India Shri RAJIV GANDHI said that
“… the Ramanand Sagar ‘RAMAYAN’ has stirred the imaginations of millions of viewers. It has imbibed the great Indian culture, tradition and moral values especially in the young …”
Former President of India SHANKAR DAYAL SHARMA said
“… the ideals and lifestyle 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 to Ramanand Sagar’s ‘RAMAYAN’ and its unbelievable popularity.
5 VOLUMES OF RAMAYAN were translated in the Japanese language for OSAKA University of Foreign studies and taught by Prof. Tomio Mizokami 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 the Eighties ‘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
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 Dilip Kumar 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 Anand and Bina Rai ●
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 blockbuster 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 -Tashkent 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 jubilees 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
1973 – JALTE BADAN (Sizzling Bodies)- (Producer, Director & Writer)
1974 – HAMRAHI – (A RamanandSagar presentation – Director – AnandSagar)
A Silver juilee hit.
Starring Randhir Kapoor, Tanuja andKhesthoMukerjee
and 4 awards for best cinematography
1975 – CHARAS (The Dope Peddlers)- (Producer, Director & Writer)
Starring Dharmendra and Hema Malini
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, Hema Malini and Reena Roy
1983 – ROMANCE – ( Producer, Director & Writer )
Starring Kumar Gaurav, Poonam Dhillon and Shammi Kapoor
Shot all over in the 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