Why was there a controversy over Sita's clothes in Ramanand Sagar's 'Ramayana'? The government had changed the dress
Ramlala's death has been done on January 22 in Ayodhya. Ram-Ram echoes everywhere. Ramanand Sagar is credited with bringing Ramayana and Ram to every home through TV. His 'Ramayana' changed the fortunes of Indian TV. At that time, the cost of making an episode was Rs 9 lakh and the earnings of an episode were around Rs 40 lakh. The show made Arun Govil as Ram and Deepika Chikhalia as Sita a household name. His popularity was no less than that of a superstar. But this popularity was preceded by some controversies. One of them was the controversy over Sita's clothes.
When 'Adipurush' came out, people objected to Sita's dress, something similar happened with Ramanand Sagar's 'Ramayana'. Once he was embroiled in such a controversy over Sita's blouse that it took him more than two years to release the show. Sunil Lahiri, who played the role of Laxman, had once told that the telecast of Ramayana had become a big issue at that time.
Every little thing was watched. After some time, the Indian Ministry of Broadcasting also got involved in the decision to bring this show on TV. Ramanand Sagar shot three pilot episodes of 'Ramayana'. At that time the government was very cautious about the release. Government representatives had raised many issues after watching the show.
Sunil Lahiri explains…
It felt like they were trying to postpone the show. Ramanand Sagar ji was also firm on his insistence. People from the ministry had objected to Sita's blouse and said that Mata Sita cannot wear a sleeve cut blouse. Doordarshan people also opposed it. They refused to telecast the show.”
After all these objections, Ramananda Sagar again worked on Sita's dress. Cropped blouse made full sleeve. Due to this and many other objections, this serial was stalled for almost two years.