The Legend of Prince Rama Controversy

The Legend of Prince Rama Controversy: Why Yugo Sako’s Documentary The Ramayana Was Banned in India?

The greatest animator in our country, Shree Ram Mohan Ji, worked on the 1992 animated blockbuster Ramayan: The Legend of Prince Rama, which was directed by Yugo Sako. It is one of the best adaptations of the Valmiki Epic and a classic that will last for generations. I recall being glued to the TV as a kid as I watched this exquisite work of art.

My entire family used to watch this with great anticipation every year on Cartoon Network around the time of Diwali. As someone who has recently rewatched this masterpiece, I was eager to get my hands on it in a higher-quality version. Obviously, I need to download this in high definition and keep it for posterity since it’s a classic.

When I looked for this masterpiece online, I was disappointed to find only 360p youtube uploads and a DVD on amazon in even worse condition than the youtube upload. I learned quickly that the VHP Viswa Hindu Parishad was at the forefront of the debate surrounding this picture, and that their arguments were fairly standard fare. For those interested in reading more about the subject, I have included a link to an article.

Misinterpretation Leads to A Ban on Theatrical Release of Ramayana in India

The picture was well welcomed by both viewers and critics upon its wide distribution in the United States and Japan. The product was not released in India, though. The Indian Express erroneously reported that Yugo Sako was creating a new Ramayana, based on his documentary The Ramayana Relics. Because of this misunderstanding.

The Legend of Prince Rama Controversy

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the Vishva Hindu Parishad wrote a complaint letter to the Japanese embassy in Delhi shortly afterward, declaring that no outsiders could unfairly shoot the Ramayana because it was India’s great cultural icon. The film’s theatrical debut in India was scrapped because the “Vishva Hindu Parishad” had doubts about the film’s authentic adaptation of the old epic and the potential impact of the animation medium on the story’s ethics.

A few years later, it was shown on Indian television, where it provided viewers with an unforgettable adventure and was hailed as a masterful piece of cinema by the country’s critics. Generations born in the 1990s and the early 2000s will feel a sense of nostalgia when watching this film because of the excellent animation and faithful rendition of the old Indian epic.

The Legend of Prince Rama Controversy

This film also served as many people’s first encounter with the mythical figure of Bhagwan Ram. The film will be released this year, which is great news for fans of Japanese animation in India. In 2022, India and Japan will have maintained diplomatic ties for seventy years.

India will play host to the Japan Film Festival at the same time it takes place in China. The 4K remastering of the Ramayana, which will have substantial advancements in animation components, has everyone excited. However, the movie has yet to have a premiere date announced.

The Legend of Prince Rama Controversy


The media incorrectly reported that Yugo Sako was creating a new Ramayana based on his documentary, “The Ramayana Relics.” Soon after, the Japanese Embassy in Delhi received a complaint letter from the Vishva Hindu Parishad over the misunderstanding.

Stating that no outsiders had the right to arbitrarily cinematize Ramayana because it was the great national legacy of India. After the VHP and the government had their misconceptions cleared up, Yugo Sako offered the idea of an animated Ramayana.

The Legend of Prince Rama Controversy

He assured them that Japan’s animation industry took its craft seriously and could help spread the Ramayana to new audiences around the world. The government at first consented but eventually turned down his idea for a bi-national partnership on the grounds that depictions of the Ramayana in comic form were inappropriate.

The film’s production coincided with the height of the Ayodhya conflict, which only added fuel to the fire and ultimately killed any hopes of it being released in India. Because of the lack of other options and financial backing, filming took place in Japan, with almost 450 artists from both countries contributing to the final product.

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