Doordarshan, a national entity that not only initiated the process of building of a completely new way of expression but also provided a platform to the millions of Indians to dream, to aspire, or simply to imagine the world full of wonders. Doordarshan TV shows started functioning in the September of 1959; with the help of steady momentum which it gained over the next three decades; it reached to its culmination during the late 80s and early 90s.
The period which coincided perfectly well with the liberation of Indian Economy; subsequently resulted in the advent of the NEO MIDDLE CLASS. Since then a flurry of different kinds of channels has bulldozed Doordarshan for good. But having accepted the death of Doordarshan; one can not overlook the role it played in shaping up the minds of the people of India who were born after the independence. In this article, let us try to draw an outlook to this role of Doordarshan TV shows by highlighting some of the shows that played a huge role in this process.
Buniyaad (1986)Written by the great Manohar Shyam Joshi, this show portrayed the Partition of India and its after effects. Ramesh Sippy's timeless direction turned this show into a must watch for any television lover. This classic show also marked the debut for many talented actors who went on to work in many other shows and movies, such as Alok Nath, Kanwaljeet Singh, and others.
Nukkad (1986)A show that was loved by all, Nukkad was directed by none other then Kundan Shah and lasted for 40 episodes. A light-hearted TV show which didn't shy away from giving us goosebumps at times also provided us with an understanding of the people who live on the margins of the society.
Shanti (1994)Shanti-Ek Aurat Ki Kahani was first aired in 1994. This cult of a show was one of the first Indian television dramas. A show that embedded Mandira Bedi as Shanti in our minds forever is still missed by many.
Bharat Ek Khoj (1988)A historical drama to add to this list, Bharat Ek Khoj is a 53 episode long show which showcases the 5000-years of Indian History. Directed by Shyam Benegal this show is based on the book 'The Discovery Of India' by the Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.
Ye Jo Hai Zindagi (1984)Another Kundan Shah Gem to add to this list. Ye Jo Hai Zindagi was one of the most famous comedy serials of the mid-80s. We all love this show be it for the grace of Shafi Inaamdaar's acting or the witty comebacks by Rakesh Bedi or the weird laughter of Tiku Talsania or vastly different funny roles played by Satish Shah.
Vikram Aur Betaal (1988)Based on the Myth 'Baital Pachisi'(literally meaning '25 stories told by Baital') this show pushed people's imagination with its mythical world and the brilliant questions posed by Betaal(a ghost) to the legendary king Vikram at the end of every story.
Mahabharat (1988)The greatest epic of all time Mahabharat saw the unprecedented success on the small screen of Television in the late 80s. Shows such as Ramayana and Mahabharat saw huge fan following with a few people even start worshipping the actors considering them as the real deities.
Malgudi Days (1987)Who could forget 'swami and his friends' and the famous sketch of the fictional Malgudi Railway station by R.K. Laxman, such was the magic of Malgudi Days. Written by R.K. Narayan this show went on to narrate one story per episode.
Dekh Bhai Dekh (1993)A sitcom from the early 90s Dekh Bhai Dekh revolves around the three generations of the Diwan Family. The show is still remembered for the tuning between the family members and the interesting situations that used to creep in. With this show, Shekhar Suman became the face of the younger generation with his boy next door charm.
Byomkesh Bakshi (1993)Based on the character of the same name created by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, this show goes on to showcase the genius of Byomkesh Bakshi, the detective from Bengal. With the help of his friend Ajit Banerji, Byomkesh solves the most unimaginable mysteries. Rajit Kapur as Byomkesh and K.K. Raina as Ajit Banerji make a team which can give anyone a run for their money.