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Remembering the unforgettable Doordarshan Serials of the last century.
26 Dec, 2009 | 10 Most popular Articles AT BTC / Articles on Cinema

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This write-up is like a nostalgic trip down the memory lane when apart from the movie world the only visual entertainment source we had was the Doordarshan. Before the Cable Revolution arrived in India around 1991, every person in a household had his own favourite serial as per their choices and they all used to sit glued to the small screen at their fixed times and week-days. But the best (or sad) part is that the most of the below mentioned serials still remain the pioneer masterpieces in their different genres and that’s why the  Home Video market is rightly bringing them all back in the form of DVDs. So let’s go back in our golden days of Television Entertainment reading all these famous serial titles.

1.      Aur Bhi Gham Hain Zamane Mein (Drama)
(Most of the friends here may not have heard of it but this is the first serial I can recall watching on Doordarshan in the late 70s or the early 80s.)

2.     
Air Hostess 
(Drama)
3.      Ados Pados (Comic Family Drama)
4.      Apradhi Kaun (Mystery/Detective Serial)
5.   Bharat Ek Khoj (Historical / Mythological) (Available on Home Video)
6.      Buniyaad (Drama)
7.      Byomkesh Bakshi (Detective Serial) (Available on Net but awaited on Home Video)
8.      Barrister Vinod (Crime/Detective Serial)
9.      Bahadur Shah Zafar (Available on Home Video)
10.  Chitrahaar (Weekly presentation of new & old songs)
11. Circus (Drama/Comedy)

12.   Dada Dadi Ki Kahaniyaan (Children/Educative/Fantasy Tales)
13.   Ek Do Teen Chaar (Children Mystery/Detective Serial)
14.   Fauji (Drama) (Available on Home Video)
15.   Flop Show (Comedy) (Available on Home Video)
16.   Hum Log (Drama)
17.   Honi Anhoni (Based on Supernatural Stories)
18.   Idhar Udhar (Comedy) 
19.   Kachhi Dhoop (Drama) (Available on Home Video)
20.   Kahan Gaye Woh Log (Historical)
21.   Kakaji Kahin (Social-Political Comedy)
22.   Katha Sagar (Drama - Literature) (Available on Home Video)
23.   Karamchand (Detective Serial)
24.   Khandaan (Drama)
25. Kiley Ka Rehasya (Suspense/Horror)
26. Ladoo Singh Taxi Wala (Comedy/Drama)

27.   Moughli (Based on Jungle Book) (Children) (Available on Home Video)
28.   Mahabaharat (Mythological) (Available on Home Video)
29.   Malgudi Days (Comedy – Drama - Literature) (Available on Home Video)
30.   Mirza Ghalib (Poetry – Drama - Historical) (Available on Home Video)
31.   Mr. Yogi (Drama/Comedy)
32.   Mr. & Mrs. (Drama/Comedy)
33.   Mungerilaal Ke Haseen Sapne (Comedy)
34.   Mulla Nasruddin (Naseeruddin) (Comedy)

35.   Nukkad (Comedy/Drama) (Available on Home Video)
36.   Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan (Celebrity Interviews)
37.   Rajni (Social Drama)
38.   Ramayan (Mythological) (Available on Home Video) 

39.   Saptahiki (Weekly Announcements of Forthcoming programmes)
40.   Surabhi (Variety Programme)
41.   Subah (Drama on Drugs)
42.   Shrikant (Drama/Literature)
43.   Tamas (Historical) (Available on Home Video)
44.   Tenali Rama (Drama/Literature) (Available on Home Video)
45.   The Sword of Tipu Sultan (Historical) (Available on Home Video)
46.   Udaan (Drama) (Available on Home Video)
47.   Ulta Pulta (Comedy) (Available on Home Video)
48.   Vikram Aur Betaal (Fantasy Tales) (Available on Home Video)
49.   Wagle Ki Duniya (Comedy)
50.   Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (Comedy) (Available on Home Video)
And there are three worth mentioning masterpieces among the recent serials :
Dekh Bhai Dekh (Comedy) (Available on Home Video)
Zabaan Sambhal Ke (Comedy) (Featuring Pankaj Kapoor) (Available on Home Video)
Office Office (Comedy) (Featuring Pankaj Kapoor) (Available on Home Video)
Please let me know if I missed out any famous serial of yours in the list as they all got to be there to make it a complete article in all aspects.

(Updated in May 2014)
Note : Due to more than 500 responses to the post, having some valuable and rare information about various useful links, the interaction has been compiled into yearly PDF files available for download at the links given below.

So all interested friends can go through these informative comments and responses by clicking the following links.


Cheers!

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26 Dec 2009 / Comments ( 14 )
Upendra Singh Sikarwar
sir please resume a serial phir wohi talash of lekh tandon on you tube videos
Bobby Sing

Hi Upendra, 
This is actually just an article written remembering the old times and the serials.
I am not uploading anything from my side, but certainly would keep in mind if it gets uploaded by another fan like us in the coming times.

Keep Visiting and Writing in,
Cheers!

mahendra kumar

Can any one remember the series, "Jugalbandi" featuring Girish karnad, Radha Seth and Tom Alter. 

Bobby Sing

Thanks for writing in Mahendra Kumar,
Lets see if some friends can come up with some information about the query in the reply comments.

Cheers!

Akila
Hi, i am trying to remember the tv show based on boarding school kids that used air either on Saturday or Sunday mornings during the late 80s. Any help in identifying would be much appreciated.
Bobby Sing

Thanks for visiting Akila,
I hope a friend here can share some info in the reply comments.

Cheers!

vipinvarma

Would like to know name of the serial produced by Purinder Sharma was being telecasted on doordarshan in 1980s basically shot in Nanak Pura New Delhi, as my late elder sister had participated in the serial. If any body knows please inform. Regards.  

Bobby Sing

Thanks for writing in Vipin Varma.
Though I havent got any info on the project but would love to know about it as I am a Delhite too.
Lets see if any friend can share something rare and exclusive regarding the same.
Cheers!

Deepak
Akila, the serial name was, 'neev'i think. 
Bobby Sing

Thanks for the valuable input Deepak.
Cheers!

Rashmi

Namaskar dosto

I am writing after almost 2 years or so and shall be updating all the serial list that are available on youtube soon..for now those who would love to watch dd serial Neev is now available on youtube.

Bobbyji apke blogs padte rehte hai...you not only talk about cinema..you talk about sensible cinema

Rashmi 

 

 

 

Bobby Sing

Namaskar Rashmi,
Thanks a lot for helping us all with more updates on the online availability of the serials.
And a big thanks for your kind praise and support for bobbytalkscinema.
Looking forward to the new names in the list soon.

Cheers!

Surya Darshan

Hi Bobby,
I would be really greatful if you could help in locating "Aranyak" tv serial based on Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay. it aired in 90s and was one of the masterpieces.

Bobby Sing

Hi Surya, 
Though I dont have any info with me about the same (also due to the language issue), lets hope any friend reading this responds with some info in the coming days.
Cheers!

Anuj

When you are updated by someone about any old serial, then please update the name.

I also remember some names

Khel Khel Main (Childrens Detective) similar like ek-do-teen-chaar
Aa Bail Mujhe Maar (Comedy)

Space City Sigma (Fantacy/Advanture)

Chunauti (College life)

But remove some of your mentioned programs like

Surabhi because it was aired in 1990 (this article is for programs of 70's and 80's)
Byomkesh Bakhsi (1993) etc

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