Throwback to the time when life was so simple. Sitting as a family and watching our favorite series on Doordarshan. Ah! The good old days. It is time to take a trip down memory lane. Here is a list of the greatest shows that was telecasted on Doordarshan:
1. Hum Log (1984)
Written by Manohar Shyam Joshi
Directed by P. Kumar Vasudev
Starring: Vinod Nagpal, Jayshri Arora, Rajesh Puri, Abhinav Chaturvedi, Seema Bhargava, Divya Seth, Sushma Seth
Hum Log was the first television series in India. At this time, Doordarshan was the only television channel that existed. It took inspiration from a Mexican series called Ven Conmigo. Hum Log depicted the life of an Indian middle-class family.
2. Ramayana (1987)
Written and directed by Ramanand Sagar
Starring: Arun Govil, Deepika Chikhalia, Sunil Lahri, Arvind Trivedi, Dara Singh, Padma Khanna
As the name suggests, this show was based on the Hindu epic of the same name. The viewership was very high when it was released. Recently, Ramayana aired on television again. It broke of Games Of Thrones’ record for being one of the most-watched TV series in the world. Woah!
3. Mahabharat (1988)
Written by Pandit Narendra Sharma, Dr. Rahi Masoom Raza
Directed by B.R.Chopra, Ravi Chopra
Starring: Nitish Bhardwaj, Mukesh Khanna, Gajendra Chauhan, Praveen Kumar, Arjun, Roopa Ganguly, Puneet Issar, Pankaj Dheer, Gufi Paintal
Based on another epic, Mahabharat followed Ramayana and became the second-biggest series.
4. Byomkesh Bakshi (1993)
Written by Sharadindu Bandhopadhyay, Basu Chatterjee, Mriganka Sekhar Ray
Directed by Basu Chatterjee
Starring: Rajit Kapur, K.K. Raina, Sukanya Kulkarni
Byomkesh Bakshi was based on a novel written by Sharadindu Bandhopadhyay.
Bakshi is a Bengali detective who solves thrilling cases with his friend and partner, Ajitkumar Bannerjee.
5. Malgudi Days (1986)
Directed by Shankar Nag, Kavitha Lankesh
Starring: Master Manjunath, Girish Karnad, Vaishali Kasaravalli and many more.
Malgudi Days was based on R.K. Narayan’s famous works. It portrays the life of the people who live in a small village named Malgudi. The famous cartoonist, R.K.Laxman, was the sketch artist of the series.
6. Fauji (1989)
Directed by Raj Kumar Kapoor
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Rakesh Sharma, Vikram Chopra
Fauji shows the life of soldiers at a training camp. It marked the debut of one of the greatest actors in Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan.
7. Chitrahaar (1982)
This weekly show telecasted music videos of famous Bollywood songs. All Bollywood fans, especially the youth looked forward to Chitrahaar.
8. Shaktimaan (1997)
Written by Ghalib Asad Bhopali, Brijmohan Pandey
Directed by Dinker Jani
Starring: Mukesh Khanna, Vaishnavi Mahant, Kitu Gidwani, Surendra Pai, Tom Alter, Lalit Parimoo, Kishwer Merchant, Zahida Parveen
This action-comedy gave us an iconic Hindi superhero. Shaktimaan lives life as a normal human being as well as a superhuman. It was the longest-running children series on Doordarshan.
9. Dekh Bhai Dekh (1993)
Created by Anand Mahendroo
Starring: Sushma Seth, Navin Nischol, Shekhar Suman, Farida Jalal, Bhavana Balsavar, Vishal Singh, Nattasha Singh, Urvashi Dholakia, Amar Upadhyay, Deven Bhojani, Sunny Singh
Dekh Bhai Dekh showed the lives of individuals who lived in a joint family in the big city of Mumbai. Also, it was produced by Bollywood star, Jaya Bachchan.
10. Vikram aur Betaal (1988)
Created by Sagar Arts Limited
Starring: Arun Govil, Sajjan
You all must have heard of the latest Netflix series, Betaal. But do you remember Vikram Aur Betaal that aired on Doordarshan.
This fantasy contained Indian mythological stories about a king and a ghost. We’re well aware that we have missed some shows but they will be stuck with us forever. They serve as a reminder of the simple yet entertaining days. Did you get nostalgic after reading this?
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