12 Doordarshan Serials From The 80s & 90s We'd Like To Watch Again
Let's travel back in time and remember 12 interesting and popular television series aired on DD National channel that we hated to miss!
Hum Log (1984-85)
Indian television's first soap opera, Hum Log was a beautiful tale of an Indian middle-class family and their day-to-day struggles. The main characters were played by Vinod Nagpal, Jayshri Arora, Rajesh Puri, Abhinav Chaturvedi, Seema Bhargava, Divya Seth and Sushma Seth.
Vikram Aur Betaal (1985)
Vikram Aur Betaal was a gripping series, which told stories from Indian mythology with the primary aim of teaching moral lessons of life to the children while entertaining them. Based on Betaal Pachisi, the serial talked about various tales told to the wise King Vikramaditya by the scheming ghost Betaal.
The famous detective television series, Karamchand was one of India's original detectives. The versatile actor Pankaj Kapur played the titles role. Sushmita Mukherjee essayed the funny character of his dumb assistant, called Kitty.
Malgudi Days (1986)
Based on RK Narayan's works, Malgudi Days was especially popular among children. Anant Nag played the lead role in the serial, directed by Kannada actor and director, Shankar Nag. We still remember the innocent boy who played Swami, don't we?
Directed by Ramesh Sippy snd Jyoti Sarup, Buniyaad was an emotional drama that dealt with the Partition of India in 1947 and its aftermath. The series had an ensemble cast including Alok Nath, Anita Kanwar, Sudhir Pandey, Kiran Juneja, Dalip Tahil, etc.
Directed by Kundan Shah and Saeed Akhtar Mirza, and was written by Prabodh Joshi, Nukkad starred Dilip Dhawan, Pavan Malhotra, Rama Vij, Sangeeta Naik and Avtaar Gill in main roles. The viewers fell in love with the serial, and some of the interesting characters like Khopdi, Ghanshu Bhikhari and Kaderbhai lapped up instant recognition and appreciation.
One of the most viewed and widely popular TV series, Ramayan was written and directed by Ramanand Sagar. A screen adaptation of the ancient Hindu religious epic of the same name, Ramayan's title character was played by Arun Govil, who is still remembered for his brilliant portrayal of Lord Rama.
Remembered as Shah Rukh Khan's debut serial on TV, Fauji turned the actor into a star overnight. The show was a hit, and SRK's character, called Abhimanyu Rai, was hugely popular among the viewers.
Produced by BR Chopra and directed by his son Ravi Chopra, Mahabharat was a hit among its viewers, who never missed a single episode and watched it every Sunday very religiously.
Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne (1989-90)
Directed by Prakash Jha, Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne was a famous comedy show that revolved around Mungerilal, played by Raghubir Yadav. Mungerilal was dominated by his wife at home and his boss at work. So he would daydream in order to feel good about himself.
Kavita Choudhary not only wrote and directed the serial, but also played the main lead in it. Udaan also starred Shekhar Kapur in a special appearance. The serial revolved around the struggle of a woman who aspired to become an IPS officer. It is said that Udaan was inspired by the true story of IPS Kanchan Choudhary Bhattacharya (Kavita's elder sister) who became the first female Director General of Police (DGP) after years of struggle.
Starring Shahbaz Khan and Shikha Swaroop in lead roles, Chandrakanta was a fantasy drama, partly based on Devaki Nandan Khatri's novel of the same name. The evil character of Kroor Singh, played by Akhilendra Mishra, was also quite famous.
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