Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Golden Era


Just the other day as I was switching channels incessantly more as a habit than anything else I heard it, and it brought back a flood of memories. The familiar sound of the trumpet that used to come at the end of every episode of ‘Nukkad’. That was enough an impetus for me to skip right back in time and dwell on those golden days of Indian Television. The generation younger to me may take this as yet another case of senility tom toming about their good old days. Well, may be, but for me it really meant a world which was different and endearing.

The sound brought with it a breeze of memories that were tucked under the expanse of time that had passed in the meanwhile. I began reminiscing about all those wonderful serials and programs that used to come on DD and more importantly the prominence that it had in our lives then.

I remember ‘Nukkad’. I recall each and every character as if I were related to them. Guru, Radha, Khopadi, Ghanshu, Ganpat, Hari, Kadarbhai’s hotel. I vividly remember the episode when Hari is riding the bicycle continuously for days so that he could set a record and get some money and how each and every person in the Nukkad cheers and wheedles him to go on. And how finally as he is about to go for his last lap he collapses bringing down with him not only his dreams but also that of each and every person in the Nukkad. Why just the Nukkad? Dreams and hope of each and every one of us watching it. Truly a moment etched out in time.

Then there was Malgudi Days. A village that would have been any other village in any part of India. R.K. Narayan’s stories were sliced out of each of our lives.

Tuesday nights at nine we used to have dinner watching Girish Karnad and Vinnie Parnajpe in Sara jaha hamara or was it Hum paanch ek dal ke?

The cast and crew of Nukkad teamed up again for Intezaar (And then later for Circus which was also amazing in its nuances, but not as good as Nukkad though) which was again a wonderful series depicting the lives of people who worked on a railway station.

Then there was Shahrukh’s ‘Fauji’ where my favourite charcter was the guy who used to say, ‘ I say Buddy…’

Mohan Gokhale had us in splits as Mr. Yogi. And watching Anjan Srivastav and Bharati Achrekar in the Wagle household one couldn’t help but identify with their predicaments and their quirks. Mungerilal and his dreams had the entire nation dreaming with him. Although I don’t remember seeing it properly but I do remember that, ‘30 years ka experience hai’ dialogue of Satish Shah in Yeh jo hai Zindagi.

Kathasagar and Ek kahani were two programs that I used to swear by. Wonderful literary gems brought to life by best of the directors like – Basu Chatterjee, Gulzar etc. Stories of O. Henry, Maupassant, Chekov, Gorky, Premchand…Oh….those were the days…

Who can forget Om Puri in Tamas? Or Nasserudin Shah as Mirza Ghalib? Salim Ghouse in Chunauti?

While I was around 12 , I had this huge crush on Punam Sareen who used to come in Lekh Tandon’s “Phir wahi Talaash” also starring Neelima Azim. I used to see it religiously every Sunday at 12 noon.

While Renuka Shahane and Siddharth Kak took us to a journey across India in Surabhi, Prannoy Roy updated us with the happenings in the world in The World this Week.

Then there was Rajni and Udaan who were so progressive that when I look at these current Saas bahu sagas I feel as if I have traveled back in time. I still remember the title track of Rajni, “Ladki hai ek naam Rajni hai…. Chorus: Rajni… Rajni… Rajni… Rajni ki ek yeh kahani hai…Dekhi jaha burayi hai jaake waha takrayi hai…”

Byomkesh Bakshi was my hero. For me he was somebody who came closest to my picture of Sherlock Holmes. Then of course there was Karamchand who after every short interval used to ask Kitty for a gajar…hehehe…come to think of it now it was damn funny.

Forget Aahat or Raat Hone ko hai. These serials are paani kam chai in front of Honi Anhone or Kille ka Rahasya. To an extent that the government had to ban Honi Anhonee. For me personally I haven’t seen a more spin chilling series in my life. More so because all the stories shown were claimed to be true stories. The title track of Kille ka Rahasya was a killer! Seriously. I mean I don’t know in what frame of mind the music director must have composed the track; probably he must have been a whacko himself. I don’t know but it was earnestly eerie.

Deepti Naval’s Thoda sa Aasman was a major tearjerker. They don’t do programs like these any more.

One serial that had me completely intrigued was this science fiction series called ‘Indradhanush’. It was about a bunch of youngsters who travel back in time. There were host of other enjoyable programs for kids like Gayab, Fireball, Giant Robot, Ek, Doh , Teen , Char which I was head over heels in love with.

Sunday mornings began with Rangoli in the morning, Walt Disney cartoons at nine then of course came the mythologicals. Then Street Hawk at 11 am. Then at 1 pm was the time to see the news for the hearing impaired followed by a regional language movie. This was the time when I saw the works of Adoor, Kama Hasan, Satyajit Ray, Jabbar Patel and other Indian stalwarts (Although most of it went bouncer at that age!)
Evening was the time for your mega Hindi movie which we used to see sipping on a cup of refreshing chai with Marie biscuits.(I still remember the old Marie ad which had the jingle, ‘Brittania, Brittania, Brittania Marie…I remember this huge family having tea together…I think RajaBundela was there in the ad.)


Apart from Mahabharta and Ramayna, which were the obvious favourites in mythologicals, I was immensely fond of Bharat ek Khoj (I remember the title track of this too, “Shrishti se pehle sat nahi tha, Asat bhi nahi, Antarikha bhi nahi, Akash bhi nahi tha…”) and Chanakya. Later Chandrakanta also made it to the list.

As I sat fondly remembering those wonderful and memorable moments associated with our Indian television I was brought out of my reverie by a jarring voice singing ‘Kahani ghar ghar ki!’

Ya right!

176 Comments:

Blogger Jabberwock said...

Hey, major trip down memory lane! Mr Yogi - remember where he holds his hand out to the young lady and goes "Y I Patel", and she replies "That's your problem, not mine!"

And Honee Anhonee caused me many a sleepless night too. And oh yes, Indradhanush...long before any of us knew about the Back to the Future series.

What memories. And how much today's kiddies have missed out on. Poor things.

September 14, 2005 4:40 AM

 
Blogger Sublime Thoughts said...

You said it Jai.

Hehe!I don't remember the Mr.Yogi episode but I could imagine the expressions on Mohan Gokhale's face after her reply:-)

September 14, 2005 10:32 PM

 
Blogger Gaurav said...

This has to be the most sumptuous blog post I have read in months. Felt sad when it acually ended. Ah, the golden era of Indian TV.

By the way, the guy in Fauji said "I say Chaps" and not "Buddy".

Did you know that one of the kids in Indradhanush was Karan Johar?

I remember another series vividly - 'Stoneboy', aired every Sunday afternoon. It was set in Mauritius and told the story of a tribal kid set in stone because of a curse and freed from it by another boy. Their adventures were fun.

As were the adventures of the kids in 'Ek Do Teen Chaar'. One series i loved was 'Super Six', because it was set on stories from Three Investigators, my favourite kid detective novels.

Then there was 'Molu', the first ever Indian cartoon.

And who can forget Circus, probably Shahrukh's last television milestone.

I remember Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi vividly because my cable operator got some videos of the series and used to air them sometime in the late 90s. It remains the funniest sitcom ever.

I can go on and on really....

Thanks again, for this post. :)

September 17, 2005 10:24 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the wonderful trip down the memory lane....

'World of sport' 'Spiderman' and'Goodies'are some of the serials i can recollect...

Arvind

September 17, 2005 10:52 PM

 
Blogger Ramanand said...

Gaurav, that guy did say "Buddy". "chaps" was possibly Colonel Kapoor.

There were also a lot of 2nd-string serials which by today's standards were far better.

September 18, 2005 12:32 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't they make serials like those anymore?

September 18, 2005 8:29 AM

 
Blogger Psychedelic said...

Hi,

Sorry for posting comment this late(got link to article via IndiaUncut). The trip down the memory lane and ahh! I still really miss that times of our very own DD (which is hardly worth watching now-a-days). The crowd that Ramayana and Mahabharata pulled, the emotions that Nukkad and Humlog used to bring. And how can I forgot one of my personal favourite "Mungerilal ke hasin sapne".

You hardly get that kindda stuff today. Thnks to Zee Smile (if I remember it correctly), who is currently play re-run of all these episodes.

Matt

September 18, 2005 12:28 PM

 
Blogger Minal said...

What a lovely trip down the memory lane:-)

Fauji was such a hit! The only time I can recollect that I absolutely Adored Shahrukh as "Abhimanyu Rai".

How about Giant Robot! Also we looked forward to Chitrahaar, the only program that played relatively new songs.

Dekh Bhai Dekh came just at the start of the cable era, but it was one hell of a sitcom! It was telecast on Thursdays at 8.00 p.m. on DD-II I think.

What a lovely way to convey the happiness of a joint family unlike the ridiculous saas-bahu sagas where infedility is on a high, multiple marraiges on the rise and each character has a minumum of three marraiges/lovers! It's anything but Indian in nature:-)

September 18, 2005 11:59 PM

 
Blogger Sublime Thoughts said...

@Gaurav
Thanx for the compliment 'buddy' ;-)

I had absolutely no clue about Karan Johar being in Indradhanush. Feels kinda funny though now :)

And ya I do remember Stoneboy.Used to watch it avidly.

@Arvind Merci Beaucoup:)

@Ramanand
You said it yaar.Serials with even the most mundane plot lines in those days were far better than today's sagas which function without any.

@Anon
You can't imagine how many times I have asked myself the same question!

@Psychedelic
Ya it is Zee Smile indeed which runs some of the gems of yesteryears.Thats where I heard Nukkad's trumpet which has led to this post.

And ya, Thanx.

@Minal
Hey thanx.A dash of nostalgia is always welcome,isn't it?

Ya Shahrukh was really adorable in those days...How I wish I could say the same thing about him now :)

September 19, 2005 12:22 AM

 
Blogger Manish said...

There was a bit about a serail called Trishna. Terrefic work. BTW, terrefic post!

Done a similar post a long time back - Super Sundays Of the Yore

September 19, 2005 2:59 AM

 
Blogger Manish said...

Also, will try to clear some air about 'chaps' and 'buddy'. Actually, both the stuff were there.

There was a buddy funda, where the whole group was divided into the multiples of two. Those two were called 'buddies' of each other.

Shahrukh Khan's 'buddy' was 'Cadet Chauhan', who use to quite often say - 'I say chaps', and drink a lot of cigrettes.

Here it is about Chaps and Buddies.

September 19, 2005 9:09 PM

 
Blogger Ashutosh Dikshit said...

Hi Gaurav,

Yes, i went into a reverie for quite some time on reading this post.

I just wanted to know if anyone associated with DD could actually ask themto retelecast these serials or atleast release CDs of the same. Or if anyone has by chance recorded them on tape converted them to a CD, i would love to have them, specially INDRADHANUSH-- a decoder seemed to be Albert Einstein's gadget till i studied one in Engineering !!

DD Rocks
India Rulz

September 20, 2005 12:45 AM

 
Blogger Sublime Thoughts said...

@Manish
I loved Trishna too.Infact I had a crush on the female playing Elizabeth's character.

And the buddy vs chap argument continues ;-)

@Ashutosh
Thanx.Probably you wanted to thank Gaurav for providin you with this link,but then I unabashedly assume that you also want to thank me..;-)

It will be too utopian a thought to expect DD to re-telecast those serials.But sometimes one does stumbles across some reruns of these vintage DD classics once in a while sometimes on DD and sometimes on other channels.

September 20, 2005 5:09 AM

 
Anonymous Sarika K K said...

hello,
I loved reading ur post .I am also of the opinion that it was the golden era of TV.All the shows that u mentioned are etched in my memory. I just hope by some miracle they come out with DVD versions of these shows just like they did for "fauji".If U are interested, the track of "Bharat ek khoj" can be found on coolgoose.com
Thanks for taking us down the memory lane

Sarika KK

September 22, 2005 4:05 PM

 
Blogger Shashikant said...

A brilliant compilation of almost all the things that were right with DD! I distinctly remember the programme on science - Turning Point - featuring Prof Yash Pal and Girish Karnad. Above all, we now realize, one of the fun factor was that all these programmes used to come without any commercial breaks!

September 24, 2005 12:35 PM

 
Anonymous Kamal said...

Among all the serials mentioned I also remember Bharat Ek Khoj by Shyam Benegal. This series is an excellent candidate for a DVD/VCD package.
Good old DD days.
With so many channels on TV, the content still can'nt match what was been shown on a single channel in the 80's/

September 25, 2005 1:46 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice post. Brought back feelings of scheduling breakfast on Sunday mornings so that I could get to watch Stoneboy without the "you should be studying for your exam tomorrow!" I used to love the Bharat Ek Khoj title track... even though most of it went over my head. Another one of my favorites was Turning point. They even used to air The Famous Five series for sometime during the summer vacations. It's pity that they don't air serials like chanakya now a days. I remember thinking at that time that this is one serial that I'd love to watch when I'm old enough to understand politcs :)

September 25, 2005 3:33 AM

 
Anonymous Arpita said...

Oops, forgot to write my name, not that it really matters here.. But nevertheless, it's Arpita

September 25, 2005 3:35 AM

 
Blogger Sublime Thoughts said...

@Sarika
Glad you liked the post. And thanx a ton for telling bout downloadin the track frm coolgoose. Cant tell you how thrilled I am…take care bless ya.

@Shashikant
Hey I had missed out on Turning Point! Thanx for remindin us of it again. On the commercial break thing- U bet yaar…can’t even relate to an era where there were no commercial breaks.

@Kamal
Echo!!!

@Arpita
Hmm…Since you mentioned Sundays and studying, you brought back a flood of memories of exams and school. Not too pleasant though…hehehe but still. On Chanakya - Used to Ramayan n Mahabharata which had marginally presentable looking faces, Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi as Chanakya was a shock for me…I remember telling my Dad then, “He doesn’t suit Chanakya he looks so ugly and scary.” As if I had seen Chanakya in real life!

September 25, 2005 10:00 PM

 
Anonymous Mag said...

Good post there...Sunday mornings in early 80s were the best, no doubt about that..there were so many other classiscs - Idhar Udhar with Ravi Baswani, Mr & Mrs with Jayant Kriplani and Arachana Puran Singh...Titliyan, I think it had a bit to do with drugs, etc... Trishna was great and I too had a crush on the girl playing the eldest sis, no sure about Elizabeth or who from the original..Star Trek, our first exposure to the sci-fi stuff...then there was UFO, another serial...there was one called Paying Guest...Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi was of course the best... there was Ados PAdos with Amol Palekar..there was another one life of doctors called Lifeline - Jeevan Rekha with Tanvi Azmi..who can ever beat those days!!!

September 26, 2005 11:48 AM

 
Blogger Dinesh said...

Terrific...U've made me nostalgic. Those were the golden days, for sure.

September 28, 2005 6:27 AM

 
Blogger tilotamma said...

Hum Log and then Buniyaad. did u miss those?

October 04, 2005 12:05 PM

 
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October 06, 2005 9:24 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molu Molu Monu
Ek Dil Hai Matwala
Man ka Ujala Tan ka kaala
Kabhi yaha, to kabhi wahan
Har mushkil ko kare aasaan
Molu Molu Molu

October 10, 2005 1:31 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can I forget

Ek, Anek
Suraj Ek, Chanda Ek, Taare Anek
Ek Titali, Anek Titaliya
........

October 10, 2005 1:33 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mruganayani and Tamas were the scary ones

October 10, 2005 1:35 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And all the national integrity songs starring celebrities like:

Sara bharat ye kahe, desh mein ekaa rahe
or
Mile sure mera tumhara....

And those sunday afternoon regioanl movies with subtitles!!

October 10, 2005 1:38 PM

 
Blogger pinky said...

Truly that was a golden era.I used to love the serial "Trishna",i had a crush on the guy who played Darcy's charachter.Also "Honi Anhoni" was quite intriguing."Indradhanush" also was one of my favourites.

October 13, 2005 2:32 AM

 
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October 21, 2005 11:55 PM

 
Anonymous Urmi Joshi said...

Wow!!! What an article. While reading it I lived through it and could recollect almost all the serials and felt really nostalgic. I just loved the article. Too good.

October 23, 2005 2:10 PM

 
Anonymous Kailash said...

Amazing....Its fun and strange how you recollect those days. I felt like I woke up on one of those old sunday morning, looking forward to whats next in all above mentioned serials.......with mom serving either idli or omelettes/bread or bhajias. I believe every generation will have something of their own to cherish and remember as they grow up.........

...Kailash.

October 23, 2005 3:08 PM

 
Anonymous Mahesh B said...

Yeps those were the days. I still remeber those days of Wooden cabinet TVS with total 8 channels , no remote , no cablewallah , only Antenna on the roof with booster and only one channel thats our DD.
Apart from these serials that you have mentioned there are some good serials that I cant forget like Ek Do teen char , Faster Fene , Gotya , Buniyaad , Khandaan , Tamas. And who can forget Phool khile hai gulshan gulshan and Chitrahaar! There was one Saptahiki and all those news readers!! There were some good english programs like didis comedy show , rockline , eurotop was superb with those 80s pop songs.
Those were the days which I will never forget. Thanks for the good article and a BIG THANK YOU to Gaurav Sabnis for giving link to this blog from his blog.

October 25, 2005 4:26 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is really a cool article. Do you remember Subah which was on youngsters doing drugs (great title song by RD Burman..."ae zamaane tere, saamne aa gaye, aaj ke daur ke, naujavan aa gaye, dar pe tere, banke suraj, leke subah aa gaye ab hum,subah ko kar salaam"). Also does anybody remember Chapte chapte with kanwaljeet and Isi bahane (my fav. with saeed jaffrey, kiran kher, mazhar khan).
And anybody watch marathi fav. such as "chaal naavachi vaachaal vasti", "shvetambara" and "dvidhaata".

October 25, 2005 2:23 PM

 
Anonymous SloganMurugan said...

Was I the only guy who watched the UGC programmes? It was the best way to fall asleep on a holiday.

October 27, 2005 5:23 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow!that was was really nostalgic.once in a while i do think how crazy i was about watching tv ever since i was a kid,but after reading ur post i m sitting and thinking...."since how long have i been watching television..and i just read somewhere trishna came on tv in 84..never realised that we have come such a long way..my goodness quite a no. of years have passed by, wow."

my sunday routine also used to the be same,ditto. He-Man,Fairy tale theatre,hum panchi ek daal ke,indradhanush. i really liked indradhanush. though i dont remember much about the characters, i remember one scene from their travel back to history(i think it featured the independence movement) and another from their journey to future:this i remember more clearly when akshay anand meets his clone.another reason why this stayed in my memory was that i was quite fascinated by the part where he was hungry & he was served capsules in his plate. and then the capsules transformed into food.

didnt they start something called jantar-mantar after indradhanush was over?

i have always loved serials made on school days and thats why my favourite favourite was Neev. if i remember rite ali azgar was also in this show.

i did not remember much of trishna(except mr.tarun dhanrajgir-mr.darcy) until they started the rerun. Hey he again came in this serial "Aarohan", rite? he still lukd as hansome as he was in Trishna.

seriously, honi-anhonee was scary. and kile ka rahasya, il tel u how i used to watch.the lites were switched off,and i used to cover my eyes with my hands..coz the scene where they showed the shot of a hand suddenly coming from nowhere and pushing someone(i think..i dont remember much)that used to scare the hell out of my. and the worst thing that happened was that i watched all the episodes except the last one coz i fell asleep. later my mom told me wat happened.

and how i used to wait to watch spiderman at 5.p.m. simply loved the title track...later i saw different versions of spiderman but none left a lasting impression. dunno why. now they are again airing the same series on starone. also liked dada-dadi ki kahaniyan.

and the weekly hindi movie after that.however as the movie used to move towards its end, the more i hated it, coz that meant end of a holiday..and end of a wonderful sunday..and getting up early the next day..how i hated monday mornings.

wat a wonderful thing u said..
the prominence that all these had in our lives,how watching each and every program was a treat..seriously wat an era!

oh kahani ghar ghar ki..holds no interest or importance whatsoever for me..but who knows,maybe 10-15 years down the lane,another group of television lovers would be reminiscing and talking about kggk and rest of the shows.who knows..

November 09, 2005 3:02 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey that also reminds me of those short cartoon films that they used to show.not even films social message ads .one such film i remember so well where a brother and sis are playing and i still hum the song..ek chidia,anek chidia..and the boy asking her sis:didi didi anek kya hai..and hum ek ho jaye to bada kam kar sakta hai..?"
i wonder if anyone remembers this!

November 09, 2005 3:12 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey there was some nice romantic serials too:Kashish,wah Janaab, Farmaan...

c now that u have opened the gates to the memory lane, there's just no stopping the flood of memories.

November 09, 2005 3:21 PM

 
Blogger Sublime Thoughts said...

Wow guys!!!Seriously this is by far the most fufilling of all posts...and mainly becoz of the comments on it...there were sooo many serials that i had missed out on...but thanx to all you guys..i was reminded of those moments which i thought i had forgotten but no... those moments are there...fresh..Altho I m not able to thank each n every one of you personally but here is a warm hug to each of u...

PS.Arre Mr.annonymous, you wrote so passionately,par naam toh batate jao..

November 09, 2005 10:08 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, thanks to your post that sparked this nostalgia.

buddy vs chaps arguement! ok, i wasn't aware of the existence of such an aruguement. maybe they used to address each other as buddies but i sure that the guy said 'i say chaps'.

just came across this article on fauji that tells us where the fauj is now.(u guys must have read this)



Where is the Fauj now?

Shah Rukh Khan
He played: Commando Abhimanyu Rai

Where is he now?: Well…

Rakesh Sharma
He played: Captain Vikram Rai, the elder brother of Abhimanyu, and the training chief who would take no nonsense, certainly not spare his kid-bro.

Where is he now?: He died falling off the steps of the Doordarshan office after receiving an approval for a serial that had made him bankrupt. He had spent years doing the rounds of the babu desks.

Vikram Chopra
He played: “I say chaps” Commando Chauhan, Abhimanyu’s buddy.

Where is he now?: A paunchy and happily-married businessman in Delhi

A Kanan
He played: The rough son of Captain Narayanan “Mujhe sawaal pasand nahin hai. Koi shak ya sawaal?”

Where is he now?: Doing advertisements and serials

and in case if someone is interested in reading this article about fauji,here is the link:

http://www.mid-day.com/entertainment/
television/2002/october/32887.htm



P.S.:Actually,its Miss Anonymous. As for name, i really like what Shakespeare said," What's in a name?"

November 10, 2005 4:21 AM

 
Blogger Sublime Thoughts said...

Hey thanx for that interesting dope Miss Anonymous.Has that complete 80's teenage hollywood movie kind of an effect to it.The Rakesh Sharma part sounds soo bizzarre yet soo real..anyways thanx..

November 16, 2005 10:12 PM

 
Blogger lifez_like_that said...

what a wondeful trip down the memory lane ..! it kind of makes me bliv our childhood was much much better than todays children ..! (probably todays children will say the same after some years) ..but it was still wonderful ....

November 21, 2005 1:13 AM

 
Blogger lifez_like_that said...

what a wondeful trip down the memory lane ..! it kind of makes me bliv our childhood was much much better than todays children ..! (probably todays children will say the same after some years) ..but it was still wonderful ....

November 21, 2005 1:14 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was listening to a song, 'Radio Gaga',and were i a lyricst or had anything to do wid music ,wud have composed a song,dedicated to this golden era of television.

November 22, 2005 2:33 PM

 
Blogger Lalit Singh said...

awesome !!!!
relived the entire era

here is some nostalgia from the Radio
http://lalitsingh99.blogspot.com/2005/11/video-killed-radio-star_22.html

November 25, 2005 9:20 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tumhare review ne purane din yaad dila diye. I felt nostalgic after reading your excellent review.

i often think about these serials...i wonder if any one still remember them?

By the way in sara jaha hamara, the girl was firdaus dadi...not Vini Paranjpe...with 2 other guys...

And there was a serial called Ados pados...this one also by Sai Paranjpe..Do ya remember it..

and Mr. and Mrs. with Archana Puran singh in it with...

Will write after i remember more of these serials

December 02, 2005 2:36 AM

 
Blogger p1 said...

hi

December 18, 2005 11:49 PM

 
Blogger p1 said...

hi
i alwats used 2 wonder that whether only i use 2 c serials like aarohan, udaan, fir vahi talaas etc., but now i m feeling that their r other as well who liked dd serials, they were just gr8. i really liked aarohan n had ahuge crush on the guy who played Siddharth, but he didn't came in any other serial , did he?
apnaa apnaa asmaan, neem ka ped, farmaan, all theses serails were so gud , i still see newspaper 2 check if their is any rerun of Aarohan. those were really golden days of TV.

December 18, 2005 11:54 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey!This is chinmay joshi.Hello to everyone.

The article was simply gr888888! and how can anyone forget:

malgudi days,
udaan,
mitti ke rang,
thoda sa aasmaan,
ramayan,
mahabharat,
rangolee,
surabhi,
mungerilal ke hasin sapane,
nukkad,
army,
circus,
walt disney cartoons,
junnon,
mirza galib,
chanakya,
bharat-ek khoj,
vyomkesh bakshi,
karamchand,
hum panchhi ek daal ke,
sara jahan hamara,
super human samurai,
oashin,
alif-laila
Tehkikaat,
rajnai,
wagale ki duniya,
sparsh.....some of nice serials!

amazingly beautifully directed and acted!!golden era of doordarshan...

These serials were "jara hatke"...definately different from saas-bahu drama!Sometimes,when i look at the star-plus, "k" series serials,i get very angry,and i wish if could show these amzing serials to the star plus and the "k" series director ekta kapoor.than,may be they will stop spoiling/poisioning in our mother,grand mother and of course wife's brains!!!Let's hope,they read this whole article...

February 17, 2006 8:01 AM

 
Blogger sb said...

how can u all forget 'farmaan' and 'kashish'. when it comes to love stories on the small screen, these two serials stand out.

farmaan had kanwaljeet play a stylish young nawab and deepika play a coy and simple girl who works under him and how they fall in love. their love story is woven beautifully. a desi M&B u could say. i had a BIG crush on kanwaljeet while this serial was on.

April 24, 2006 2:13 AM

 
Blogger vik said...

'Mitti ke rang' was pretty awesome too (chinmay just mentioned it).. and perhaps the reason why I am so sensitive to certain things (can never call anyone 'chotu'). And the malgudi day's music composition still runs thru my head sometimes (ta na naa, na na, na na, naa).

Man.. DD was really trying its best to make fine young thinking loving caring responsible citizens outta us. And they may even have succeeded with a few people... but now cable tv has made it all irrelevant. I just hope DD has copies of all those serials somewhere and one day decides to release them as DVD's.
RIP dear ol' one.

April 25, 2006 8:26 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome post dude. i miss those days. did anyone mention this show called sigma? it was space/sci-fi type of deal, i used to love it, but now i cannot stand sci-fi TV. haha.

good ole' days, i see 'Bala' , i think he was the lead actors older brother on indradhanush, in a lot of TV shows on indian TV in America.

May 06, 2006 5:37 PM

 
Blogger rimzhim said...

oh!
its gr8 to read the comments. feels so nice to know that there r people like me who still remember those lovely litttle moments
has anybody remember that 5mins. cartoon barba papa
it was so cute
has anybody know any link from where i can download ek titali video

May 07, 2006 8:25 AM

 
Blogger anurag said...

Doordarshan is airing 'Aur ek Kahani' (sort of sequel to Original 'Ek Kahani' by Manju Kapur). It is showing some good stories.

Nice post. Thanks.

May 17, 2006 1:15 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides all these veggies, I still used to stay up late nights on fridays for the 'Hot' English movies at that time...even a program on POP music, I dont recall the name though...those were my first contact with Michael Jackson, Madonna, Steve Wonders et all...no more such POP in these days of mindless RAP...sigh..

May 18, 2006 5:37 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who will forget those serial. Well those are permanantly etched in my memories and of those who have grown in the 80's. Yes there were flurry of serials which used to come on TV. Here i wud mention those which are are not mentioned on this blog. There was this Afternoon Transmission and nobody has mentionedabout it. It used to come in the late 80's during 1.45 pm to 2.45 pm and o boy what good serials they used to telecast. To name few Deviji(Anukapoor and Swarrop Sampat), Aakar(Bharat jog and Devki of Mahabharat, i dont know her name),Baingan raja, Hindi songs that used to come on Tuesday i suppose during the same transmission.
Apart from these afternoon transmission i used to love Saptahiki, Chimanrao, Show theme, Chitra haar(new songs, used to show only 3 songs thanks to the ad and i wud really curse them) and chaya geet(old songs), Trishna, Air Hostess, Khoj(Detective serial by Radha seth and Dilip dhavan), spider man, Dada dadki ki kahaniyan, Vikram aur Betal, Wagle ki Duniya and those English movies on Friday night. I still remember i saw one movie 'She will be wearing her pink pyjamas'. Then there was Manzil apni Apni, Humraahi, Talaash(Alok nath and Maushmi Chatterjee), Ek Shunya Shunya i liked the title track. Hello Inspector, Param Veer, CharitraHeen, Guniram(Rakesh bedi), Lohit Kinare.
Well there are still many to mentioned. Will leave to others if they can recollect it.
Surely a nice blog

By,
Sourabh

May 28, 2006 8:40 AM

 
Anonymous Shanta said...

Wonderful, just wonderful. It's like opening a window to the past, a not so distant past. Just like in Indradhanush. Would like to add a few of my own favourites here - Sherlock Holmes, Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Great Train Journeys of the World, those wonderful British comedies - Yes Minister, Are you being served?, Sorry; the dubbed German detective serials - Shoestring, Old Fox; those remarkable European movies (before STAR Movies and HBO began giving an overdose of mindless Hollywood) I remember a movie called 'Moscow distrusts tears'; 'Escape from Sobibor'; a Japanese movie with amazing camera work something August (can't recall the name); we used to have a bonanza, especially during the International Film Festival of India, when movies from the participating countries were shown. There were no issues about nudity back in those days as several of the European films had a good dose of them all shown on DD with not much censor. Wonder if we are turning into a nation of prudes!!!!

I feel sad for today's kids, who are doled out fares like aadarsh Bharatiya naari, kitchen politics, extramarital affairs, SEX IS BAD, marital rape, over the top make-up. Where are the strong women like Rajni, Lajoji? The more women are conquering new grounds, the more regressive their portrayal has become in TV serials. Sad, really sad.

Wish we had some more serials on science. Cosmos was wonderful, its title track still haunts me

May 28, 2006 11:14 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It really takes me back to those days. Lovely time, rushing back from school to watch Robot.

Quiz time & Mathemagic. Who can forget Chunauthi and the title songs

May 29, 2006 3:10 AM

 
Anonymous Shanta said...

Hmmmmm... just recalled something I would like to share. Since so many people here have mentioned the sci-fi serial Indradhanush, remember its theme music? Well, it is a direct lift off of Adela's theme from David Lean's film 'A Passage to India'. Heard a brief 30-sec clip of it at http://www.last.fm/music/Maurice+Jarre/_/A+Passage+to+India+Adela's+Theme

You will have to log in first (it's for free). But what the heck, the computer graphics as the credits rolled in at the beginning of every episode of Indradhanush was so mesmerising and mindboggling.

And who can forget the haunting violin strains at the beginning of the Sherlock Holmes series. Nineteenth century London was recreated so authentically. Wish some channel would re-run those wonderful series.

Anyone out there listening ....

May 29, 2006 9:57 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

overwhelmed by your narrative.
it reminds me of my most lovely days....at that time TV was not an idiot box as it is considered nowadays.............
I want to ask you one question- by any chance can we get Byomkesh Bakshi CDs?

June 05, 2006 9:35 PM

 
Blogger praveen77 said...

The writing took us down memory lane...true and very nostalgic too. One serial missed out was Mowgli or was it Jungle Book. But the signature tune always stood out- "Jungle jungle patha chala hai...cheddi pehne ke phool kila hai."
How could one not remember the desi cartoons that depicted unity, friendship and brotherhood. Remember the cartoon "ek thithali anek thitaliya." Were we really lucky to be part of that era????????????

June 14, 2006 10:33 PM

 
Blogger Pritesh said...

Amazing potst!!!!!!!!!! I think I have the best memories of my childhood associated with the serial Kile ka Rahasya where I used to take a blanket and used to hide behind it the moment the title song started! :D Lovely days..........

June 15, 2006 9:49 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

REally a refreshing blog....but i guess u missed one very beautiful and nice cartoon..'Jungle book' - the title track is still very fresh in my mind 'jungle jungle bate chali hai pata chala hai, chadi pahanke bhoor khila hai bhool khila hai....'

June 15, 2006 8:55 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aweesome post!!! .. really got me nostalgic There was this serial 'Aaa bail mujhe maar' of Amol Palekar .. I loved it. I was followed by a DD's comedy show .. that too rocked!. and yep how come no body mentioned about 'Tenali Rama ' which started with music that went like ' balle balle tenali rama :)'.. Hey if any body wants title song of Bharat ek khoj i have it!!. Do you have 'kile ka rahasya title ' want to hear it..it used to ran sheer thru my spines ..those days ..

July 16, 2006 12:12 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys,
Awesome stuff man!! Kudos to bring back all those memories. I dont know if you guys are still tracking this post...I was watching some movie on my cable and I saw this ad inbetween the movie..Shemaroo is apparently releasing VCDs/DVDs of 'Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi'..I checkd up on their site www.shemaroo.com but its still not up there..I have mailed them about it...lets hope i get a reply..Thanx once again Guys

Regards
Daryl

August 16, 2006 8:08 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey buddy!

This is chinmayjoshi, i have also posted a comment on this blog!!

I wanted the title of Bharat-ek khoj..can u pls. give it to me? pls. send it on :-

chinmay.joy@gmail.com

i will be eagrly waiting for ur mail..
ThAnK YoU

August 16, 2006 11:32 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Anonymous,
Another request for Bharat Ek Khoj sound track.. For some reasons i couldn't retrieve it from coolgoose... Please mail it to npawankumar@gmail.com

Thanks

September 05, 2006 11:20 PM

 
Blogger Ayush Paul said...

Super article ...

I recall all those programs myself. I was an avid viewer of Malgudi Days, Street Hawk, Spiderman, Nukkud, Turning Point and many more. Apart from that Dekh bhai dekh and Zabaan Sambhal Ke were excellent way to wrap up the Thursday evenings. Really miss those Golden Days of not only DD but Indian Television.

Thanks for making me remember those days

September 06, 2006 2:04 AM

 
Anonymous HammerHead said...

Can anyone direct me to a site that has the Doordarshan tune ... the one with the logo in the good old B/W tv days? It links me back to my childhood days ... those summers... lost friends ... lost dear ones ... fading memories !!!

September 06, 2006 1:30 PM

 
Anonymous Mohit said...

hey all,
who can forget our charismatic Mr. Jaspal Bhatti in Ulta Pulta every morning or in Flop show. now i understand what he wanted to show to us.
I also liked 'gul gulshan gulfam' and 'Ajnabee'.
My first experience with good english movies was with DD-3; don't know why they have stopped it.
Lucky to have only DD in mychildhood days. children today only watch pokemon or wwe, :(

September 08, 2006 3:58 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey folks I have sent the title song of Bharat ek khoj to the requested people. If any body else is interest mail me at atul[dot]wankhade[at]gmail[dot]com.

Cheers!
Atul

September 09, 2006 10:39 PM

 
Anonymous dipthi said...

i found this link on google search.
amazing write up.

thanks a lot!

September 21, 2006 12:05 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

guys i searched up this blog on google. took me down memory lane. Do you know that Isi Bahane was an Anand Mahendroo serial with Anu Agarwal debuting. it also had Mohnish Behl and Malvika Tiwari. Kiron Kher and Saed Jafrey too. Years later when i got my hands on P G Wodehouse novel Leave It to Psmith, i relaised Isi Bahane was an adaptation of the famous book.
Also do you remember the serial Lifeline - with AK hangal. Tanvi Azmi, Ila arun , could put many of the present day serials to shame!
And remember "Aisa Bhi Hota hai" with this lady anchor presenting stange facts.
And most of these serials had such a short but memorable run, our serial makers today could surely take a lesson or two from the past. What say?

October 07, 2006 11:28 PM

 
Anonymous Apz said...

Hey everybody,
you guys absol made my day, am grinning so wide my face hurts...
was looking for some info on karan johar and indradhanush when i bumped into this post....
great to know dvds and vcds of these serials are so much in demand...
im taking a step towards the same...will post if i get some positive feedback from the authorities concerned...
fingers crossed...
in the meantime any idea about the quality of the chanakya vcd/dvd set?

October 07, 2006 11:30 PM

 
Anonymous Babita said...

A wonderful article and nice comments. Does anyone remember watching a serial 'GIANT ROBOT' where a kid can call his robot by opening his watch and saying 'Come on giant robot'.

October 28, 2006 3:11 PM

 
Blogger sam said...

I am literary bowled over..first of all with ur sharp memory..and second with the glimpses of the serials..even in thoughts..I was very young then but then also I can clearly remember them..I used to argue with my mom that why I can marry Deepika Deshpande 'Aman Shahab' frame of Farmaan..I still give it a thought had she still being the same she was there I could have fallen for her..

October 31, 2006 6:11 AM

 
Anonymous Atul said...

Great great work. I stumbled upon this page searching for "AISA BHI HOTA HAI" host anchor - rememeber? Guys she was a bubbly sweet girl and I gather her name was Nidhin Bharucha - I was really nostalgic when I saw one of my clients with exactly same face and remebered her instantly. Wonder where she might be now. I was in school that time and had a crush on her (not to mention every other boy I knew). We heard a murmur that she was proposed by a multi-millionaire after he fell for her after watching her on tv and that she accepted that. That was a very sorrowful day for our class, I still rememeber :-) I vaguely remeber that this very girl also came in another serial which I think was Dekho Magar Payar se - but not sure about it. DD was our main source of beautiful girls to die for in our adoloscent days. Rmeber guys KACCHI DHOOP - Urmila Matondar appeared in that and one guy I think he still directs films Ashutosh Gowariukar or something.Oh I am feeling so nostalgic. I remeber at one time DD was showing three serials of Bahrat ek Khoj, followed by another Bharat ki Kahahni or something and then another similar history of India. Also the brilliance of YATRA where Shyam Benegal directed Om Puri as Armymen travelling all over India in Indian Railways and showing the real people and problems of each region. Then there was our own Delhiwala anchor on Sunday morning - ANIL DUA boring us at times. I remember when BUNIYAAD aired the partition riots I was talking about it for many days and asking my parents more about it. The TRISHNA series I remeber had that girl some SINGH who came in LAKME kajal ads for years. Then there was delhi's own Malvika Tiwari who was in many serials - I think she lives even today in Delhi near Khel Gaon. Then the late night movies on Friday and I have never seen so bold movie on TV which was aired at that time. One of the earliest memories of DD soaps is of HumLog with Nanhe (Pankaj Chatuvedi) his crush on some rich girl (Kamya Malhotra), their father Basesarram and Badki, Majhali(Divya Seth), Chutki. Ofcourse Lalloo - who comes in comedies even today. Before that in Seventies I was only 5-8 years old and we got the TV in I think 1975 - the tube b/w tv. I only rmeber Chitrahaar and to some extent Krishi Darshan. We have come a long way and I even remeber the day when the DD lauched the second channel in delhi called Metro and I somehow managed to tune in without buying second small antenna. What days they were where we used to get pleasures in small things. Today we ahve so much material but no pleasure.

I met Col Kapoor of FAUJI and her daughter who came to buy a car where I was working long time after the serial had lapsed. But we remeber them as they have made imprssions on our minds our childish minds.

Email me about AISA BHI HOTA HAI host if u know anything about her or about anything. LOVE U ALL MY FREINDS.

ATUL
atsz at indiatimes dot com

November 09, 2006 11:12 PM

 
Anonymous Atul said...

Friends, I read entire blog and realised that many of the famous dialogues have actually influencedme in the way I speak even today or make expressions. For example YEH JO HAI ZINDAGI - Satish Shah falls in love with some women called JAMUNA and and he climbs up a tree in the party and yells JAMNAA in various tones, which even today I also do with my kids sometimes. :-)

Special request for Miss Anonymous to contact me on email please if possible. She is a treasure box of knowledge. Thanks

atul
atsz at indiatimes dot com

November 09, 2006 11:31 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello
Irritated by my inability to recall an old DD serial's name, I happen to goole this blog out. Its wonderful to see so many people who loved that era of amazing DD serials. I was a kid when Ramayan started, I used to love Byomkesh bakshi and of course mungerilala etc. I have been trying to recall the name of the serial where they used to show short stories spanning over an episode or two. the name was some thing like ___ nadi ki that ki kahaniyan. Can any one help me recall this??
Pl leave a comment on this blog.

Thank
Suma

November 10, 2006 2:19 AM

 
Anonymous Archana said...

amazing amazing blog..i cant thank u enuf for writing this..does anyone remeber that dubbed romantic serial "Tum nahi to koi nahin"..i dont whatever happened to it! and then there were DD cartoons...one of them was my fav " Ek chidiya Anek chidiya" in which a sis teaches her younger bro. another serial that i liked was "Farman" with Kanwaljeet in it..close to a Mills n Boon..wonderfully indian though.

November 11, 2006 3:37 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i just remebered..i wish they would show "POTLI BABA KI" again..amazing title track lyrics by Gulzar..enuf to send u in a fantasy land and the puppets were so good, u'd feel they express better than real actors!

November 11, 2006 3:43 AM

 
Blogger Nrutya said...

Wow, this is an amazing post . I stumbled onto it while searching for the title of an old english film.I remember potli baba ki it had a really nice title song, Babaji ka bioscope was a serial in which urmila matondakar starred, in fact when i saw Chamatkaar the first time i remembered her as the girl who had come in Babaji...
There was also Idhar Udhar with Ratna Supriya Deena Pathak and Ravi Baswani, very very hilarious. Yeh jo hai zindagi was of course an all time favourite.
There was a serial on crime called Aakhir Kaun.
Also the english serials that were aired were really good, Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister, Are you being served sir, Timothy, I love Lucy used to be aired on wednesdays at 9.30 pm.
I used to love spiderman on sunday evenings.
Also fairy tale theatre.
Kile Ka Rahasya was really thrilling .
I don't remeber the name of the serial in which vinnie paranjpe came but i remeber liking it a lot.
Kacchi Dhup was the hindi version of Little womes it starred Bhagyashree as the eldest daughter and Amol Palekar's daughter was the middle one don't remember who the youngest one was.
Trishna of course Pride and Prejudice, I read all the books after the serials were aired.
On sunday afternoons there used to be a serial in which they showed the best scenes from various films anybody remember the name.On thursdays at 10.30 pm DD used to show Chitrageet or some such similar sounding name featuring old hindi songs.
Thanks for this blog i used to always wonder if anyone tremeberd the pre cable days apparently a lot of us do.
Amazing blog thanks again

November 17, 2006 6:08 AM

 
Anonymous Beena said...

Suma - The serial u were looking for is I guess
Amaravati ki amar kahaniyan.

There was somebody asking for the name of a serial by sai paranjappe
one of hers was Hum Panchi ek chawl ke
3 families living in 3 chawls of mumbai

The other really good serials of that era were

Kshitij yeh nahin - Beyond the horizon
A marathi story's hindi serial adaptation
Supriya Pilgaonkar ( sachin's wife in real life ) is a widow, has a girl and stays with her father in law managing his factory
one of t managers in t factory likes her and the father in law too encourages that
U now know Babul got its story from a old DD serial :-)

Then there was Talash
Which had moushami chatterji acting after years
Alok nath and Vijayandra ghatge
with suspense and romance and all ingredients for a great serial
its title song was really good - zindagi ek talash hai, har kissi ko kissi ka talash hai ..............

wednesdays used to be for Chitrahaar
DD used to be t only channel available and next day we wud go to school and discuss each and every song of chitrahaar
The kids of these days can never do that, coz no two kids have the probability of watching t same programme.

Kashish and Farmaan were 2 of t best romantic serials - perfect indianised mills and boons stories !!

Then there were serials which showed the evils of the society with a touch of comedy
like Flop show - by jaspal bhatti
Fatichar - it had pankaj kapoor

then there were daane annar ke, mungeri laal ke haseen sapne, thoda sa aasmaan, kakkaji kahin ( Om puri ) , kissa kurssi ka, guldasta, gul gulshan gulfham, basera..............

and t mega serials of that era
Buniyaad, Hum Log, Nukkad, Yatra

There were also works of great authors like O Henry made in to serials - it was ek kahani I guess
I still remember the episodes - the last leaf and gift of Maggi etc.............

And the best regional language novels made in to serials
Bengali - Charitraheen, Muzrim hazir hain ( Nutans probably only appearance in a serial - DD now showing that again on sundays) and there were some more.
Malayalam - Kayar

U can go on and on if u want to talk abt t golden era of DD serials.
We were lucky enough that when we were growing up we didnt have hundreds of channels to choose from and the only available channel gave us programmes with all possible varieties.

December 18, 2006 8:40 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just fantastic!! I remember each and every one of the serials mentioned above. Those really were the 'Golden Days' although not sure we realized it then ;) I googled Trishna and came accross this page so if anyone knows anymore about getting hold of VHS/VCD/DVD (if any) of Trishna, please get in touch with me. Thanks a ton in advance and Happy Reminiscing!! Warsha

December 20, 2006 2:05 AM

 
Blogger Warsha said...

This is just fantastic!! I remember each and every one of the serials mentioned above. Those really were the 'Golden Days' although not sure we realized it then ;) I googled Trishna and came accross this page so if anyone knows anymore about getting hold of VHS/VCD/DVD (if any) of Trishna, please get in touch with me. Thanks a ton in advance and Happy Reminiscing!!Warsha

December 20, 2006 2:12 AM

 
Blogger Warsha said...

This is just fantastic!! I remember each and every one of the serials mentioned above. Those really were the 'Golden Days' although not sure we realized it then ;) I googled Trishna and came accross this page so if anyone knows anymore about getting hold of VHS/VCD/DVD (if any) of Trishna, please get in touch with me. Thanks a ton in advance and Happy Reminiscing!! Warsha

December 20, 2006 2:13 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any Idea how I can get Molu cartoons online now? Are there any? if you know please post the link.
Thanks.
P

December 30, 2006 8:03 PM

 
Blogger arpai said...

those were the days.. any websites where these serial can be downloaded.. or are there DVD available to buy.. esp Subah, the serial on drug addiction... amazing performance and great music also...

January 08, 2007 8:14 PM

 
Blogger Mlvk said...

Awesome! :)
Thnx for bringing back all those memories!

January 15, 2007 11:24 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw that this blog started way back in 2005! But I just found it...it feels wonderful to read it. In fact I have added it to my faves list! I see the page and refresh my memory every once in a while! I remember Monday -Nukkad; Tuesday -Humlog, Buniyaad; Wednesday -Chitrahaar and maybe Malgudi days; Thursday - Ados pados; Friday - Yeh jo hai zindagi and chitrahaar; Sundays - Rangoli, Nazia Hussain show, The mythological serials etc. I remember all those other wonderful serials mentioned throughout this blog. I loved all those serials, they were more realistic and did generate true emotional feelings and some of them definitely jogged the thought process. But nowadays all we get is over-dramatized stuff on TV!
THANKS for putting up this blog!!

January 19, 2007 11:55 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank goodness! I maybe the odd one out here, Since I lived (as a kid)in that era, but I didnot watch any of these serials except couple of episodes of Mr. Yogi, all Quiztime and 'world this week' episodes. I feel as a kid you need not watch these episodes except maybe educational ones. ye jo ahi zindagi, Mr. yogi, and similar ones is for adults after a hard day work...For kids, they can play outside or learn something or watch educational ones!

January 19, 2007 1:21 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey does anyone remember Kachchi Dhoop with Ashutosh Gowarikar and Bhagyashree? That was such a cute serial. I still sing that song sometimes...Kaam hi kaam, subah ho, shaam ho, bas kaam hi kaam...

January 23, 2007 9:32 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! I and a couple of friends have been desperately trying to recollect i think a national unity song on doordarshan which featured actors like amir khan, salman khan, jackie shroff....would really appreciate if someone can give us the name of the song.

February 13, 2007 12:27 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

would that be "Mile sur mera tumhaara toh sur bane humaara"?! But I don't remember Aamir and Salman and Jackie on that, maybe I am wrong.

February 27, 2007 12:14 PM

 
Blogger abhishek said...

awsome blog freinds . those golden era of our childhood .I wish those days repaet . neyways frnd if any of you have some collection/links related to this serials pls share with me

March 06, 2007 11:57 PM

 
Blogger abhishek said...

pls pls share your collection with me

abhishek.athghara@gmail.com

March 06, 2007 11:59 PM

 
Blogger engipravin said...

Hey guys...This is awesome...I literally went back to my school days..I remember watching Kille ka rahasya with half closed eyes(it really was scary)..Fauji was damn good(the theme music was really exciting)..Ramayana and Mahabaharata were amazing, though i feel Mahabaharata was more fast paced."ek do teen char"was too good. Some1 asked for a series on sunday afternoon, which showed movie scenes..that was "SHOW THEME".

U can never compare the serials of today with those in "GOLDEN ERA"..wat message they had man..

March 12, 2007 12:08 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think noone mentioned Darpan. A lovely Saturday afternoon serial based on famous short stories.

March 21, 2007 6:02 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey u all,

This was really a trip to those innocent old days wherein everything was so very realistic unlike today. I remember most of the serials mentioned although can't recollect ones like Farmaan or Kachi Dhoop, and given a choice I would love to go back to those days again (don't we all).

BTW wasn't there a serial called Oshin. Also to the Marathi serial part I think Bhikaji Karodpati was my favourite.

Gud piece of work!!

Psst Shld mention dat this blog helped me stay awake during the night shift! Thnx for dat :)

March 22, 2007 3:52 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings to all who are reminiscing the Golden Days! Especially to those who have remembered "Trishna". This is the girl who played Elizabeth's role. I was directed to this blog as someone had read your comments on me. However, no one remembered the name - Sangeeta Handa. One of you did recall my Lakhme ads. And I was happy to know some of you had nursed a private crush on me :-) Nice. Wish I had known! :-) This is what i do now - www.sangeetahanda.com and if any of you have figured out how to get hold of Trishna CD/DVD pls let me know as well. Namaste. Rekha in Trishna.

March 31, 2007 2:02 PM

 
Anonymous lalitha said...

Oh dear, I am sooo aware of my age all of a sudden! Excellent post.....I have watched ALL the shows mentioned here by everyone, including Oshin, of which my sister is a big fan!!!God, Darpan, Kathasagar, Ek Kahani, Malgudi Days, Dekh bhai Dekh, Neenv, Fauji, and who can forget the "freedom jog" video where Prakash Padukone hands the torch to Kapil Dev, gives me goose flesh just thinking of those video montages!!!!! Golden days of Indian television, like someone else said. It's soo sad now we have 200 channels and not one decent show on t.v that children can watch, enjoy and learn something from.

April 05, 2007 5:15 AM

 
Blogger Satish said...

hey...this was a beautiful post and i hope people keep posting their experiences...now you can watch mahabharata and fauji in the site http://rajshri.com/

April 06, 2007 1:04 PM

 
Anonymous Sukh said...

JUST GREAT POST REMEMBERING ALL THOSE MOMENTS ALL THAT TIME.......WOW WONDERFUL.............TODAY TV IS ALL FULL OF CRAP.............

April 22, 2007 9:20 AM

 
Blogger Neetu said...

Answer to Feb.,13 ,2007 query!!!

sun sun sun mere nanhe sun, sun sun sun mere munne sun
pyar ki ganga bahein desh mein ekaa rahein
sun sun sun meri nanhi sun, sun sun sun meri munni sun
pyar ki ganga bahein desh mein ekaa rahein
bhasm kaali raat ho roshani ki baat ho
dosti ki baat ho zindagi ki baat ho
baat ho insaan ki baat hindustaan ki
saara bhaarat ye kahein pyaar ki ganga bahein
pyar ki ganga bahein desh mein ekaa rahein

ab na dushmani palein ab na koi ghar jalein
ab nahi ujade suhaag ab nahi failein ye aag
ab na ho bachhe anaath ab na ho nafarat ki ghaat
saara bhaarat ye kahein pyaar ki ganga bahein
pyar ki ganga bahein desh mein ekaa rahein
saare bachche bachchiyaa saare budhe aur jawa yaane sab hindustan
ek manjil par milein ek saath phir chalein
ek saath phir rahein (ek saath phir kahein - 2) phir kahein
pyar ki ganga bahein desh mein ekaa rahein - 2
desh mein ekaa rahein saara bharat ye kahein
saara bharat ye kahein desh mein ekaa rahein

April 22, 2007 10:03 PM

 
Blogger Neetu said...

What a great blog!!You have given words to the sentiments of so many people.We were truly fortunate to have grown up in that time.I also want to add to the list,the quiz show
directed by Siddharth Basu.He was the original quiz master!!!Remember the rapid fire rounds?

April 22, 2007 10:10 PM

 
Anonymous shalu said...

yes.. its nice journey to our past.. if some one remember that serial which used to come in afternoon "kya banoge munna?" and the great serial "Buniyaad","yeh jo hai zindagi","dada dadi ki kahaniya","vikram betaal" and i still remember the first movie which i watchd in my TV is "Sajan" old one..
no one can forget that time.. we used to have only choice, that was doordarshan... and if someone remember the starting of the doordarshan... that "thoomta hua doordarsha" with a nice music..
and then "Do kadam" used to come, in which a sardar used to teach some exercise. lot manythings...
it was a golden time...
missthat....

May 25, 2007 1:41 AM

 
Blogger Kaushal said...

Hello All,

I just wanted to draw the attention to the Rajshri Productions online website. It has all the movies of Rajshri for free viewing.

Also, it has all the episodes of many serials of the 80s and 90s like Fauji, Malgudi Days, Shaktiman, Surabhi, Uppanyas and lot more. Here are some links.

Fauji: 13 episodes
http://www.rajshri.com/fauji/index.asp

Malgudi Days: 39 episodes
http://www.rajshri.com/malgudidays/index.asp

Shaktiman: 70 episodes
http://www.rajshri.com/shaktimaan/index.asp

Surabhi: 54 episodes
http://www.rajshri.com/surabhi/index.asp

And there's lot more to watch for free with good quality. Only thing is the website has many pop ups at time. But I am fine with that.

Enjoy.

Kaushal

June 11, 2007 8:54 PM

 
Anonymous Karthik said...

Several others topclass serials were "Apradhi Kaun" and "Pratham Prathishruti" and the one by Nutan-Kaaligunj ki Bahu,Lena Dena.

June 17, 2007 4:11 PM

 
Blogger First Rain said...

A few ones not discussed already.......

There was a serial called Appu aur Pappu on Sunday, a story about an elephant and a little boy.
Also for Maharashtrian viewers there use to be a serial called Gotyaa which became really famous. That small boy, Joy Ghanekar who did the role of Gotya- the peculiar thing was that he acted only in that serial I guess and no other serial ever after. We as kids used to think he would go on to become a big star once he grows up, but he never really ventured into acting. I never ever read abt him in newspapers and if u search abt him in google u get all the techno sites, he actually has become a tech geek in the US.
Also at that time in the 80s, apart from DD, there used to be what we used to call "second channel" with very bad signal mostly blurred. Some people used to call it "Dubai TV". I think it was amongst the first cable channels beamed into India. "second channel" had a very entertaining Japanes kids serial called "Giant Robo". That was really great stuff even in those days of primitive special effects technology.

Also in probably one of the most earliest instances of real-life stories on Indian TV, there used to be a serial called "Puraskar"- a serial depicting the stories of small chidren who get bravery awards by the President every year(those who are paraded in the republic day parade sitting on elephant) and every episode featured the story of one of those children. I remember roughly the title song which was like "......Miltaa hai Puraskar". Some children got the awards posthmously. The most heartening part of that used to be the real interview at the end of the serial, in which they used to themselves tell abt the incident. I still remember a very small boy who saved two lives by diving and saving them from being crushed by a incoming train but lost his hand in the process, very confidently narrating the event and saying "maine apni jaan ki parwah naa karte huey apne aap ko jhonk diya aur unki jaan bachayi"....not an iota of bragging there....all simple simply innocense...u know that must have been a script written by his parents or probably elder sibling and the boy may just have mugged it. In case of posthmous awards it used to be the boy's mother or father or the person whose life the little one saved. It was so so so emotional when they narrated.
The govt was so right in awarding those awards, but these days it never receives the attention it deserves, ppl became more interested in which new jumbo and mega destructive missile is gonna show up this year in the parade.
A bit of a distraction here....but yes the republic/independence day parade also used to be a attraction in those days.

June 27, 2007 7:50 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! I was looking for kille ka rahsya and came across this blog. Those were truly good old days. They should sell these shows on dvd or something. I haven't had a chance to read all comments yet but there was also a show called "Fatichar" his famous line was "are yaar fatichar tu itna imotional kyu hai yaar!" I think the show was about him being a fictional character that a writer wrote and he is living it. There was also the show on Sundays Bible ki Kahaniya and jungle book with "mooglee". Who remember the Fairly tales theatre? How about a 'sub chalta hai take it easy'? I think it was a pilot but it was the funniest show! Fraggles rock? I think there was also a star trek type Sdi Fi Indian show but I can't recall the name.

July 12, 2007 7:59 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well just got done reading the entire blog and it was great reading about all the shows and how there are a lot of people who feel the same way about those one channel DD days. I did remember another show Barristar Vinod I think it was. anyone remembers that?

July 12, 2007 8:48 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah! another thing. I found byomkesh bakshi episodes on stage6.divx.com

July 12, 2007 8:50 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

another show Reporter with shekhar suman

July 12, 2007 8:51 PM

 
Anonymous Nisha said...

Does anyone know if Kathasagar tv serial is available on DVD or online yet?

August 06, 2007 2:36 PM

 
Anonymous Jacob said...

It was truly a pleasure going though each and every entry in this blog.

I remember rushing back from school and plonking myself on the couch to watch the afternoon programs.....one that stands out in particular was this weird show called BAINGAN RAJA.

Life was simpler then...wasnt it??

August 23, 2007 6:57 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another gem I could not forget was Mr & Mrs starring Jayant Kripalani & Archana Puran Singh. This used to come on Sunday noon after friendly neighbourhood Spiderman.

Truly a nostalgic post...anyone please post the online links to Kathasagar or Chekov ki kahaniyan with Rajendra Gupta as the sutradhar...can watch it over & over again.

Cheers~

September 04, 2007 4:04 AM

 
Blogger neerajg said...

Hello friends
I have some childhood songs , title tracks of the dd serials which comes on DD national in early 80’s and 90’s like jungle book ,mile sur mera tumhara, mahabharat, ramayan and few more , if any body want these songs just mail me on neeraj_i386@yahoo.com, i will be very happy to share with all

Neeraj Goel......

September 10, 2007 9:07 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Friendz,

I am badly looking out for a source to get the "Freedom jog" video from which we used to watch on Doordarshan about 20 years back. Lalitha has also made a mention of the same earlier.

Anybody who having that video or knows about the link for the same, please let me know at simplyarun@gmail.com

Thanks a lot in advance

-Arun

September 20, 2007 5:30 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if anyone of you wants "Pyaar ki ganga bahe" song and/or phir wahi talash's title song,mail me at rohit.se@gmail.com.I will be happy to share these gr88 creations with you all.!!!

October 10, 2007 4:08 AM

 
Blogger Yogi said...

Hi Everybody,

How thankful am I to DD, that we all have shared almost the similar kind of childhood, a very innocent childhood. Do u guys remember how hurriedly our moms used to prepare the breakfast before the serials "Ramayan" or "Mahabhart" start and make us take bath quickly. I remember tons of people coming to my home to watch Ramayan and then children used to stay back for other serials like "Cartoon Show" and "Charlie Chaplin", Chamatkar and Jungle book and all....

Buddies, I am craving to watch Tenali Rama once again. I would be really thankful to you if someone gives me some link or ways to get the CDs.

October 15, 2007 11:43 PM

 
Blogger Yogi said...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=vBbSbCczYeM

October 16, 2007 1:37 AM

 
Anonymous Sid said...

Awesome....Just remembered some of the most memorable dayz of my life....Chitrahaar....Yeh jo hai Zindagi..Gaint robert..street Hawk...and Malvika Tiwari..My first crush ever...Sid Thorat

January 01, 2008 10:16 AM

 
Anonymous sampress said...

great posts - truly nostalgic.
some of these serials - fauji, mahabhart, paying guest are avilable rajshri.com
that should settle the buddy vs. chap debate

January 10, 2008 9:20 AM

 
Blogger Devraj said...

I think the guy on 'Fauji' used to say 'I say Chaps' and to me, he was more interesting than Shahrukh Khan :)

January 12, 2008 9:15 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey guys I would love to buy tapes or cds of some old DD serials like trishna, titliyan, tapas,Buniyaad etc if awailable any where or any tipe of links please share

January 15, 2008 9:02 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MOLU MOLU MOLU ...hello two years back someone asked for 'molu'..well was looking for it for my 2 yr old daughteras I loved it and if anyone wants the link its...
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=u8EejJ5nSyk&feature=related

January 23, 2008 3:21 PM

 
Blogger ankyuk said...

Yes, a really golden era...I would add two more. One, a travel serial called "Looking beyond", used to come around 5'o clock in the evening on Sundays. Till now my favorite among all travel programs I've ever seen, barring NGC's "A River Somewhere". Another does not properly belong to the golden era, the cable had come long ago, but still it was more of the old DD genre, that is, it was too good. It used to be called "Farz", a political sitcom, daily 2'o clock on weekday afternoons.
Good post!

March 01, 2008 11:17 PM

 
Blogger ankyuk said...

oh, and I forgot, all the Siddhartha Basu quiz shows on Sunday mornings, and a program called as "Singhasan Battisi", again on Sunday, plus the 5:30 pm clock movie on Sunday evenings and the 1 hour of afternoon transmission on weekdays, where programs on Mumbai chawls used to dominate...

March 01, 2008 11:20 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bhola bachpan yaad aaya!!
Thank you.

March 24, 2008 8:48 PM

 
Blogger Navtika said...

Wow...great blog...i came across this when i was looking for Indradhanush and karan johar connection!! I don't remember much but there was a time machine and a 2-3 kids i guess. Then there was a serial called 'Ashish'...where a kid named ashish had a sorcerer's stone!
And then a cute cartoon called Gayab Aya...it used to be my favorite...i still remember the song :D :D cartoons like Hawa ka beta Taro was aired on sunday morning...and Baingan Raja,Pingu (the penguin) who used to say pee pee when annoyed :D

April 15, 2008 4:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi great blog. I remember Indradhanush, was one of my favorite serials and never missed an episode. Brings back memories. I remember a young actress in Indradhanush, does anybody remember her name or am I confusing serials?

April 23, 2008 6:56 AM

 
Blogger Ashok said...

Does anyone remember the name of the serial in which Vikram Gokhale has a bet with a person that he will become millionaire within a short period ? He works towards that ... The serial was abruptly taken off air.

April 27, 2008 2:50 PM

 
Blogger NREye said...

I am really trying to find this out for some time now. I am a bit fuzzy about the details of this serial because it was so long ago. In this serial a couple of air force pilots (I think) crash land in a mountainous forest area inhabited by a blind tribe. In every episode they try to escape the tribe but never succeed. Does anyone know what I am talking about? Or am I dreaming this up?

April 29, 2008 9:45 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed a very nice article which made me much nostalgic !!!
Thanks a ton !

May 18, 2008 11:13 PM

 
Blogger Tajinder Singh said...

yes these were awesome serials of grand DD Era
and sure this is a awesome post to recall and cherish.
thanks for the post

May 25, 2008 5:43 AM

 
Blogger Kruti said...

I am deeply touched with this blog. It took me virtually back into my childhood days!! Everyone's contribution is apreciable. I think most of the ones are covered but one that came to my mind was 'Paramvir Chakra' and a serial based on Bengali novel but I can't recall the name!!
Thank you all for taking me through nostalgic journey... Those were the golden days - Golden Era in true sense

July 26, 2008 12:37 PM

 
Blogger Kruti said...

Hello Guys, I could recall the name of the actress starring in the serial, she was Navni Parihaar and a very handsome guy starring opposite her!

July 26, 2008 12:49 PM

 
Anonymous jyotsna said...

hi,and any body remember the serial
kashish.Though it was slow yet was
mindblowing romentic series.It was
one of my favorite.i always used to say - dhakkan log ab to bolo ilu-.And ya tks to anable me the name of my fvt.indradhanush.I think none remember's'SIGMA'.Tht was also amazing about planets and all.Ofcource honi anhoni was mine fvt. too.This is really anice job to bring back and adore and enhance that golden days and ya guys if u want to watch ek chidiya anek chidiya than u can on YOUTUBE as i had shown the song to my5yr.kid and he just loves the song .So bye and keep on going.

July 27, 2008 9:36 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Kruti

The bengali novel-based serial was Mujrim Hazir...it had Navni Parihar...and the handsome guy named.....Virendra Singh...Nutan the very senior actress played a pivotal role in that serial

July 30, 2008 3:35 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there was one serial with hema malini and kabir bedi about dance...forget the name

September 18, 2008 9:46 AM

 
Anonymous Vikram said...

hey guys don forget Gul Gulshan Gulfam series on a house boat with kanwaljeet aired on wednesday i think at 9.00 shayad...... thn it comes with Uttar Ramayan by Ramanand Sagar............ with Chunni on sunday rite after Mahabharat nd Mitti ke Rang it was shayad on monday......... i loved the title trach Mitti ke Rang... Mitti ke Rang we also miss Mulla Naseeruddin played by Raghuveer Yadav with his donkey........ i remember the stories of Vikram Betaal.....

October 11, 2008 2:48 PM

 
Anonymous Babita said...

Hi,

It feels so nice going down the memory lane.

I am looking for the serial name in which Shekahar kapur acted,Actress Beena played his mother and one Vishaka singh was his love interest.Can anyone remember anything about it,Please do reply.

October 20, 2008 12:21 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great article. I don't remember most of these programs. but I do remember these:
1. Rukkavat keliye ghed hai- though the interruptions was annoying this message was so polite.
2. Chutti Chutti- 1hr show; a summer vacation program for kids. it had a variety of mini programs in it like cartoons, puppet shows, handicrafts, kid's serial, etc.
3.There was a serial about an old man and his wife who goes to America to visit their son and daughter-in-law. it was actually a mix of soap and travelogue. I had a glimpse of many American tourist spot like Disney Land and memorials of Lincoln and JFK. I think the serial name was "Sansmaran", but not sure at all.

Here is a link for Bharath ek khoj's title:

http://www.archive.org/details/SristeSePheleSongDoordharshan

By the way I am Vini.:)

November 13, 2008 7:28 AM

 
Blogger Varied said...

Hello Friends.... Really got a throat full of emotions after getting through all ur comments and knowing that still there are people who think like I do. Really Miss those fantastic days... No cellphones, no laptops, no internet and no bloody SOAP series on other cable channels, yet the life was so simple and enjoyable.

Please Please... get me videos of
KASHISH, SAMANDAR, MASHAAL, TEHKIKAAT, PYAR KI GANGA BAHE, AND TITLE OF CHANDRAKANTA. I will be more than thankfull...
Please mail me anyththing that u get from above on
shaz_d21@rediffmail.com

I am creating a community on Orkut named "Old DD1 Days" We'll keep up the good work there. Bye for now everybody...

Jai Hind....

November 15, 2008 6:38 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow..this blog sure rocks - a real trip down memory lane. I too liked a TV serial "trishna" a lot. Didn't know at that time that it was an indian spin off on "Pride & Prejudice". Interestingly, I also harbored a crush on Sangeeta Handa (the girl who portrayed Rekha in the series). I would not even miss Lakhme Shampoo add to get a glipse of her. AND I was 9-10 years old at the time :-)

December 15, 2008 10:08 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Just stumbled upon this wonderful post. Can't thank the poster of this enough, and all the wonderful comments by others. Those were the days!
There are a few that just came to my mind:
"baba ji ka bi-scope" on sundays.
"apradhi kaun" on wednesday or monday night at 10:20pm i think.
I can't believe there are others who remember shows like giant robot etc. I remember how sad I was to find out one evening that it was no longer being telecast, and i would pray every day to God that they (DD) would decide to re-telecast it. Unfortunately that never happend. There was another show called "akash ganga with deepak parashar, anita raj and ranjeeta kaur". There was a quiz show on sunday afternoons hosted by siddharth basu i think. kachchi shoop has bhagyashree in it not urmila matondkar as stated in one of the earlier comments. Urmila acted in a soap caled titiliyan, and zindagi zindagi with supriya pathak. the difference in those days was that most shows were conceived/directed by great creative literaries and directors, although O was too young to understand that then, as opposed to now when all you see is camera angles, and irritating sounds/noise, without any story or acting. I can't tell one show from another these days. I remember the title-track from "subah". Idhar Udhar, yeh jo hai zindagi were addictive. No vulgarity or forced comedy. I wish those days come back again! I do remember sigma. One of my cousins had a crush on this girl called HIRI (her name in sigma).
Thanks one again everyone!

-Yasha

December 22, 2008 8:56 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi This is Yasha again.
I had been trying to remember the name of another show that I used to love watching, though i didn't quite completely understand its story back then. It starred pankaj kapoor, pallavi joshi and sushmita mukherjee. The name of the show was "kab tak pukaroon" i found the name on another post online. It was about gypsy/tibal/village life. There was another one, on monday called "himalay darshan", how i wanted to run off to himalayas in the search of god (SHIV) when it was being aired. And last but not the least "swayam siddha" starring priya tendulakar of rajni fame. I stil remember my younger brother replying "apna kaam swayam karo swyam siddha isi liye ataa tha" everytime any one of us would ask him to do anything. :-)
-Yasha

December 23, 2008 8:30 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, i also remind some nase such as............chithar,subhe sabere,shanti,closup antashari,jangal book(mogli),saktiman,Om nama shivay..........

January 12, 2009 3:04 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey

even I am desperately looking for TRISHNA.. if anyone knows where I can get it, please do lemme know.

February 27, 2009 11:58 PM

 
Blogger .... said...

Such an interesting post.. brought back such lovely memories..

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March 20, 2009 2:41 PM

 
Blogger Skywalker said...

Any one want title track of Subah (the serial dealing with drugs) can email me at ashwini.desai@gmail.com

April 08, 2009 12:45 AM

 
Blogger archaj said...

Does anyone remember the serial about an old postman who fails to post a bag of letter. His son posts letters after 20 yrs or so, and each episode traces the arrival of the letter and the confusion/romance/suspense that unfolds. I think it was by the Behl family.

May 10, 2009 7:47 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

really nice blog. jogs one's memory and takes it down the memory lane and tests it too!! i saw Tarun Dhanrajgir / Mr. Darcy of Trishna at Woodlands Restaurant, Vile Parle, Mumbai last weekend. He seems to have aged gracefully. Still handsome despite the extra kilos!! Was with his large family/friends. Could spot his wife and cute lil son tho. utube has him speaking about his movie Dia. dont know if this movie has released / sank / whatever. He is a businessman. Wonder what business he is in besides being director of a movie + actor + doing theatre.

July 13, 2009 4:52 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there was one comedy serial used to telecast on every Wednesday Luicy Show. the year was 1983-84.
One more serial Gajara.

December 31, 2009 8:38 AM

 
Anonymous Amit said...

A jamaane Tere.. aa . aa .. a samaane aa gaye .. aa . aa .. a
aaj ke daur ke nau jawaan aa gaye ..

Subah ko kar salaam.. Hum subah ko Kar salaam ..

Apart from 'Subah', there was one more that was on collage life..

January 11, 2010 10:04 AM

 
Anonymous Zahir said...

One of the most fantastic blog i ever came across! Started in 2005 and still going on.... Thanks to Mystic Bard!!!
While reading, actually i was feeling like i m sitting in front of our old B&W TV (Dynora) and watching all those serials.
Few more to add to the golden list;
Ghar Jamai
Kakkaji Kahen
Mulla Nasruddin
Sinhansan Battisi
Shrikant
Vikram Aur Betaal

Thanks,
Zahir

January 12, 2010 11:01 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the serial which had hema malini and kabir bedi?? was about her learning dance from a very orthodox dance guru........
NUPUR

February 04, 2010 11:01 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even though the blog was posted almost 5 years ago i just had to leave a comment to show my appreciation for your blog and comments :)! Thanks! Am sure i will be talking aboout this the whole day today :)

March 28, 2010 9:51 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone remember " hello Zindage " . The title song by jagjit singh and talking about doing things differently & tackling issues ..

July 29, 2010 2:47 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome site all..Very very chuffed that there are people who still remember,care and cherish the real deal in TV serials rather than today's overdone,powderfaced female bitchfests.
I went through every post as stepping stones down memory lane. Does anyone remember a bald Marathi character in a TV serial with the sweetest smile. It was I think a comedy and this bald marathi guy with a choti was the central character.

October 04, 2010 5:05 AM

 
Anonymous //saju said...

Hooh..!
First of all, thanks for this wonderful post.

It was an exhilarating journey for me across the late 80's and early 90's. It made me wonder how I still remember so fondly about the 'weekly once' dose of such feel-good serials.:-), most among the list still feel so dear to me. To me, my tv viewing era started approximately from the he-man / ramayan days and it reached its peak in few years and gradually faded away towards end of swabhiman days all in the dear Dyanora tv that we had in those days. Later to this, hardly can I find much interesting material from DD, nor from any other channel except for few glimpses here and there, and, they are far so rare.

Few that "I" still linger:
Ek Do Teen Chaar
Indradhanush
Phir wahi Talaash
Gul Gulshan Gulfaam
Turning point
Street HaWK
Kile ka rahasya
Mujhrim Hazir

and the list goes on...

And I am definitely interested to get any updates through this post about the videos of any of the above available in net. I already noticed some are available in rajsri site.

October 27, 2010 8:26 AM

 
Blogger Mridula Chitnis said...

I havent come across a post with so many comments. Everyone got so emotional. It also tarnished my idea that few people (like me and my friends) remember DD days and miss it. Here, hardly any serial is left out by the readers. And I cant write about any serial that is not mentioned. Some memories are really funny about YI patel. Watching whats your rashee which is based on same novel, triggered the memories. Can I copy paste this link and follow your posts?

November 06, 2010 4:53 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anybody have idea, where will i get "kille ka rahasya" cd or dvd...pls mail me -sachsawant@yahoo.com

August 05, 2011 12:50 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heysomeone plz send me a link to anything regarding molu....i seriously gt a craving to hear d song remembering the cartoon .......dreamz_alone2004@yahoo.com

August 06, 2011 12:46 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made apost in 2005 and forgot bout it, imagine my surprise, the discussion is still on!
Does anyone remember this serial with Priya tendulkar and Karan Razdan with both of them playing divorce attorneys, v They manage to save most of the marriages, very good serial unlike today's rubbish doled out in the name of entertainment.
I remember watching chimanbhai a Marathi serial with Dilip Prabhavalkar as the bald guy with a pony.
Also remember Kitu gidwani in AIRHOSTESS, ANU AGARWAL In Isi Bahane, Malvika Tiwari in , Tanvi Azmi in Lifeline with the great actor A K Hangal
those days.....
Keep writing guys!

July 11, 2012 7:59 AM

 
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In continuation to my post above, i recollect The late Smita Patil actedin Satyajit Ray presents.. Directed by his son Sandip Ray. also remember watching Khandaan with mohan bhandari , girish Karnad, Dr shreeram lagoo. Wonder what happened to Dr ashwini kumar from Hum log, the other actors from the serial are still around. Remember kitu gidwani from Trishna , she was the 3 rd sister, lydia from the book . Also remember soni razdan and kanwaljeet with Anuradha Patel in chapte chapte , two journalists in love. The serial also had Deepak qazir who is now a regular in all balaji serials.

Remember ek do teen char with the boys solving mysteries, also a serial with Amaya lag , ashoka Saraf which was very funny, was it choti choti baatein.
I could go on forever".........
Keep writing guys!

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