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Down The Memory Lane - The Times of DD

The weekend was bad, rather not so good; my back ache had buckled me to the bed, not allowing me to stay in one position for more than 4-5 minutes. I was surfing through the television channels lying on bed, and soon I noticed that I was doing nothing but going from 0 to 54 (that is the only number of channels I have on my television) and then again 0 to 54, and then again and again. I was tired watching that Indo-Pak terror debate, reality shows were irritating me, and I couldn’t handle any more breaking news with my broken back, neither was I interested in any kind of saas-bahu or the rona-dhona type of soaps, south Indian films dubbed in hindi were a big NO, I was in no mood for business news either, I had also had enough of Ghajini and Rab Ne trailors, songs, and reviews. I remember, only thing that possibly kept me glued to any particular channel was the advertisements – Limca (I love this ad for its jingle, the zing, and the babe, of course), Raymond, Bingo, few insurance ads, ads with kids in them, and so on, however, that was short-lived, hardly for few seconds. I would have watched Jai Shri Krishna on Colors, but I had already finished watching the episodes all through the week. I thought better it was to switch off the television and continue reading a book, long due - One Hundred Years of Solitude. My reading was short-lived as well; I was twisting and turning myself on the bed all the while. I thought of switching on the television again, but then there is nothing to watch. Really? Wasn’t there a single program or anything on any channel that would interest me? Has this all time entertainer idiot-box turned into a dumb piece of scrap? I mean yes, there was once a time, when I used to run to watch particular program leaving back playing cricket or not worrying much about how crowded the train was. Ahhh! Yes that was the time of Doordarshan – a single channel then (80’s & 90’s), which entertained, educated, informed, and served special feast of programs on the weekends, especially Sunday. It was good. It was only one channel and there were no remotes either at that time, thus the urge to surf to some other channel was obviously ruled out. However, let’s not take away the credit of what Doordarshan was at that time, just because of this reason. I still cherish those memories of yesteryears – watching DD (Doordarshan) programs on our black & white television housed in wooden box with horizontal shutters.

Quite immediately the DD logo flashed in front of my eyes, and I could vividly remember how the roads used to be empty on Sunday mornings, when Ramayan or Mahabharat were aired (in different years) – it used to be a curfew like situation. I still remember how my grandmother used to join her palms and bow down to Nitish Bharadwaj (played Shri Krishna in Mahabharat). Both these epic series were made so interesting and were so well narrated that you could hardly skip them. (Please let us not even think about comparing it to today’s Ramayan and Mahabharat programs, like some news channels did). What I had seen in my childhood was certainly class apart.

I used to love watching Duck Tales, cartoon show about Donald Duck (Uncle Scrooge), his quest for acquiring more gold, swimming in that pool of gold, and his 3 mischievous nephews, it was the best. Even my dear friend, Tushar would concur on this (please help me with the names of those 3 little ducks). Pssst...Tushar can still, till date, mimic Uncle Scrooge :-)
While I mention Tushar here, I am also reminded of how we use to desperately run to catch a train from Andheri and rush home by 8.30 PM so that we could see Dekh Bhai Dekh, we dint care about the crowd in the train, focus was to reach home and then discuss the episode next day in the class. Total fun – “Iss rang badalti duniya mein kya tera hai kya mera hai, dekh bhai dekh, dekh bhai dekh”. Shekhar Suman’s style of delivering a long dialog non-stop had amazed us at that time. Another serial which we (Tushar & I) loved was Jabaan Sambhal Ke – good humour and jokes ;-)
Gosh! How can I forget my Thursday evening (7.00PM) favorite, I used to wind up playing cricket for this – Giant Robot, loved to see this machine fly in the air and obey the commands sent from a wrist watch.
Similar to this animated action series was – He-Man & The Masters of the Universe, so many times I had raised my bat up in air shouting, “I hhhaaaaaaaaaaavvvee daaaaaaaaaaa powwwaaahhhhh”(I have the power....hee hee). Then there was something that I loved watching with my mom and sisters while having tea in the evening, around 4.30 PM – I Dream of Jeannie – not animated series but a very cute comedy about an army (or was it navy) officer and a jeannie, who would surprise him with her tricks, throw tantrums at him, make him land in some kind of trouble and then get him out of it too.
Do you remember Gayab Aya? It was on an animated character and had a good title song as well. Then there was “jungle jungle baat chali hai, pata chala hai, chaddi pehen ke phool khila hai phool khila hai” – yes Mowgli featured, Jungle Book, again a very interesting animation series, I loved its title song, and Sherkhan, and Bagira, and the Baalo.
The most hilarious comedy series I have ever seen is Didi’s Comedy Show – Saturday evenings 4.00 PM, if I am not wrong. I used to roll on the floor watching this – the character Didi (a German actor) and his encounters in daily life, if you see the kind of faces he can make and expressions he can deliver, Jim Carrey will soon fade off your memory.
Children’s series also had other good programs like the Stone Boy, Vikram Vetaal, Dada Dadi Ki Kahaniya (Ashok Kumar used to tell stories to kids, forgot the female dadi in this), Spiderman, Appu Aur Pappu (appu aur pappu ki dekho yaari, sabse pyaari sabse nyaari, appu aur pappu, appu aur pappuuuuuuu), Ek Doo Teen Char (ek doo teen char, ek doo teen char, charon milke saath chalet oh karde chamatkaar), Potli Baba Ki, Danasurr, and so many others.
And yes, there was this “taaanaaa naaa taaanaaa naa naa naa, taaanaaa naaa taaanaaa naa naa naa”Malgudi Days, stories about Swami (Master Manjunath) and his friends.
Not only for children, but there was also good amount of entertainment for grown ups and family as well. On lighter side, there were Wagle Ki Duniya (Anjan Shrivastav & Bharti Achrekar), Yeh Jo Hai Jindagi (30 years ka experience hai line came from this series – Satish Shah, Swaroop Sampat, Rakesh Bedi, Shafi Inaamdar etc), Aaa Bail Mujhe Maar (Amol Palekar, Harish Patel), Manoranjan etc.
Mind you, there was some serious hair raising, tear trickling stuff enough to give you Goosebumps – Buniyaad, Humlog, Tamas, Palash Ke Phool (jab jab mere ghar aanaaaa, phool palash ke le aanaaa), Sukanya, Kali Ganj Ki Baho (not sure if this is name of the serial but had Nutan in it and it was my mom’s favorite.
Kshitij Yeh Nahi was another excellent 13 episode series that dealt with widow remarriage. I liked Supriya Pilgaonkar in this (and that’s the last time I liked her). Other good serials (my mother’s testimony) could include – Noopor (Hema Malini opposite Shekhar Kapoor, I think so), Trishna (Hindi remake of Pride and Prejudice), Gul Gulshan Gulfaam (starring Parikshit Sahani, stories about Kashmir and the scenic beauty of house-boats), Khaandaan, and I am sure there are many other.

There was another good emotional, family drama kind of serial – Imtihaan, starring Renuka Shahane, Aloknath, Raju Kher, and my among one of my crush, Firdaus Dadi – she was damn cute.

Udaan (pardon the image used, couldn’t find one in police uniform) and Rajani (ladki hai ek naam rajani hai, rajani, rajani – Priya Tendulkar with Karan Razdan as her screen husband) were two good serials that epitomized women power unlike today’s Tulsi and Parvati. Aarohan featuring Pallavi Joshi struggling with Air Force training and then rising to the top was another good series to see a woman in action.
Talking about Pallavi Joshi’s air force, Shahrukh’s Fauji comes gushing to my memory. Young SRK playing Abhimanyu Rai and taking army training – frankly at that time I never knew this Fauji would walk all the way to becoming the Don of today's Indian film industry. Shahrukh had also featured in another DD serial – Doosra Kewal. Paramveer Chakra was another inspiring serial based on defence and army.
Shahrukh also reminds me of another very good serial, Circus based on the lives of people working in a circus, their emotions, problems, bonding etc. The serial had Renuka Shahane (played Madhuri’s sister in Hum Aapke Hain Koun), Pavan Malhotra (played Tiger Memon in Black Friday, also Shahid’s uncle in Jab We Met), Makarand Deshpande (sang Yuhi Chala Chal Rahi with Shahrukh in Swades), Ashutosh Gowarikar (do I say anything about him? :-] ).

Another such serial which portrayed bonding and emotions of common people was Saeed Mirja’s Nukkad, which dealt with lives of small time workmen like sweeper, cycle mechanic, waiter, grocer, barber, beggar etc. It starred Rama Viz (teacher ji), Dilip Dhawan (Guru), Pavan Malhotra (Hari), and others. The characters of Ghanchu Bhikari and Khopdi had become quite famous at that time.
I remember serials based on college life and campus. Neev was the best one about student life in college and hostel; it had Ali Asghar (today’s Comedy Circus fame). Chunauti was damn good with Channa Ruparel (again someone I had fallen flat for), and the serial had Suchitra Krishnamoorthy (debut) as well. In Marathi, there was a serial called Sanskaar, again about school students with Mohan Joshi as their principal trying to teach discipline by a liberal approach.
Horror and suspense thriller also found enough accommodation in the entertainment space. Killey Ka Rahasya was the most horrifying one, I still remember the music and hand that approached on the screen, it was aired at 10.30PM, I had often skipped going for a leak before going to bed, it was so scary. Vyomkesh Bakshi is the most intelligent detective serial I have ever seen. The plots, the solutions were splendid, so was Rajit Kapoor’s performance along with K. K. Raina (Ajit Banerjee) as his assistant. Tehkikaath – Vijay Anand (supposedly the king of suspense drama – Jewel Thief, Teesri Manzil) playing a detective with Saurabh Shukla (Kallu Mama) as his assistant. However, the most popular detective-assistant pair is undoubtedly Pankaj Kapoor (Shahid's dad, Abbaji in Maqbool)and Sushmita Mukherjee (dadi in new Golmaal) in DD's detective serial, Karamchand, with Sushmita Mukherjee playing his assistant, Kitty. Ek Shunya Shunya, and Hello Inspector were other crime related serials that enthused me.
I learnt cricket with Mohinder Amarnath on Sundays. He taught all budding cricketers the basics of bowling, batting, and fielding in his program, Cricket with Mohinder Amarnath. I watched That’s Cricket with deep interest (I used to like cricket game then, till the time it was not so overly commercialised), and Bodyline on Sunday nights had made me crazy, the fight between England and Australia. Narottam Puri gave latest sports updates in his 4.00PM Saturday program – World of Sports.
Doordarshan had good educational and informative programmes as well. I particularly liked Turning Point, hosted by Girish Karnad. The program gave a lot of information on evolution, science, universe, explained various phenomena, Dr. Yashpal used to show some simple do-it-yourself science experiments with excellent explanations and reasoning. Another program full of good information was Surbhi hosted by Renuka Shahane and Siddharth Kak. I never missed these two programs. Though I had not keenly followed Bharat Ek Khoj, I did like some of its episodes and the information it gave (not available in school history book).
News coverage also was good, did not understand much about professionalism at that time as I was of a tender age then, and there was no funda of breaking news or zooming camera angles or unnecessary background scores. The news readers looked very mature and professional unlike today’s casual ones. My parents, till date, prefer the 7.00 PM Marathi Baatmya to all the Aaaj Tak, IBN 7, NDTV mania. I liked the intro music (Tabla rhythm) of World this Week conducted by Prannoy Roy, and ofcourse the news covered in it. I used to see the same face everyday for years, which read news to me and to entire of India at 8.30 PM. I forgot the lady’s name but the male was Suneet Tandon, he also use to host a quiz program – Challenge the Master.
“Mile surr mera tumhara”,“Tree of Unity”,“Ek Chidiya Anek Chidiya” were some snippets that I had never missed on DD then, I miss them terribly today though. Pardon me, but it was me who has quit watching television and with the quality of programs that are aired these days I would completely give up watching television, I anyways have lost control over the remote.Siddhartha Basu, the acclaimed father of Indian quiz shows, hosted a quiz program – Quiz Time. It was fun to see that and even more fun to answer the questions. There was no SMS regime that time; I used to spend a lot on sending postcards with answers to some address in Delhi. Got lucky one time and received a book – "ABC’s of Human Mind" as a prize.
There were many other programs that are still afresh in my memories. Programs related to movies like Show Theme, Chitrageet, Chayageet, and Rangoli – this was aired at 7.00 AM on Sundays, and I used to get up prefect in time and watch this show of movie songs sitting on the floor brushing my teeth, Mother used to keep shouting, how I can get up so early on Sundays and why not on other days when I had to go to school..heee heee.

I remember serials like Kakkaji Kaheen, Mungeri Laal Ke Hasin Sapne, Ulta Pulta but these had not interested me much. A Mouthful of Sky, Swabhimaan (Channa Ruparel again), were among my favourite soaps that time – just for the sake of Milind Soman, Simone Singh, Channa Ruparel, Sandhya Mrudul. Swabhimaan could any day bring down the TRPs of today’s family sabotage and politics dramas. Performances by Manoj Bajpai, Ashutosh Rana, Rohit Roy, Mita Vashisht were amazing, I also liked Kitu Gidwani’s character name in that – Svetlana.
Doordarshan also had Junoon, Shanti (Mandira Bedi’s debut), Ajnabee (starring Danny Dengzongpa) to compete with today’s Kyun Ki…, Kahani, etc, those serials were almost calibrated as non ending ones.
With the bunch of memories that stay with me of Doordarshan, the sweetest one is that the channel kept the family together, the family watched television together, had food together, laughed in one roar, sorrowed and consoled each other, and enjoyed together as well.
Just as I had finished the glimpse of those olden momentous days, a friend of mine walked with beer tins, popped out the clip and said, “Cheers to our friendship, long life, and happiness, and happiness, and….and…”

"And Doordarshan", I said, and we laughed happily ever after…hahahahaha.


vaibhav said…
Stop watching all these channels, buy a DVD player, get the subscrption from Reliance-BigFlix. Take your favourite movies on rent and enjoy. Thats the good thing i am doing now days rather than switching from one channel to another.
Anonymous said…
Splendid article
Surya B said…
An excellently composed article. The flow of the text in a sequential and co-relating manner is simply superb. A very well panned article.

And the theme too is indeed great, pure nostalgia.
Alankar said…
Hi Amol,

You have brought back the memories of my lost olden-golden days.

Thanks for the awesome reminiscence.

Lalita said…
A fantastic blog, took me down my own memory lane, how I miss those serials, I think a channel that can re-run them all would be the best.

Anonymous said…
Boring stuff, have to seen the quality of transmission of DD.
R. Biswas said…
Hello Mr. Vaibhav,

The point here is not about buy Reliance or Tata Sky or Dish TV. The overall brilliance of this article is the cherished memories that this guy has brought back. As for time pass or entertainment is concerned you can even go and sit in a park. However, when we are talking of television programs, DD, at one time had the best of programs that many still cherish. Tell me one scene from Kusum or Kumkum or Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki or may be a title song of any of songs today. I bet, you wont know, which is not the case with earlier DD prorgrams, they certainly do have a space deep within and which will always remain as an unconquered territory.

Good luck with Reliance BigFlix.
R. Biswas said…
Dear Anonymous,

Yes may be the quality of transmission is bad, not as good as compared to TV channels today, but the quality of programs was certainly much better.

Anonymous said…
Amazing stuff
Kiran said…
Hey...Thanks for the recap.. It felt nostalgic... However Add to the list , " The World this Week" on Fridays @ 10 PM hosted by the iconic Prannoy Roy and Aaj Tak , an half an hour daily news report by the founder member the late "S.P.Singh".
Tushar Save said…
Good one! Yes, I can still mimic Uncle Scrooge, Dewey, Huey and Louie. They still rock!
Jensy said…
Louie, Huey, Dewy names of the Uncle Scrooge's grandnephews :)

nice 1 as always .. I am feeling fresh now :)
Prashant said…
Hey, you forgot Indradhanush, StarTrekm Zigma?
Anonymous said…
Faboulously scripted and structured article.
Anonymous said…
Refreshing stuff Sire!
Anonymous said…
Kyaa baath hai...Laajawwab
Anonymous said…

- Vipul
sandipwrites said…
"Shut up Kitty" from Karamchand and "I say chaps" from Fauji were my favorite catch phrases. Hail DD....
Arpita said…
This was definitely the refreshing one.Faster Fane visarlas ??
Parikshit Kulkarni said…
Pure nostalgia. Remember 'Gotya' too. 'Swabhimaan', as you rightly said was & will remain the best daily soap ever aired on indian television.

Gr8 to know that you still remember 'Neev'. I bet only a handful will have a clue to what that serial was.

However, ther's a reason why we still remember those serials. The reason is that there were no other channels & the attention paid to any program was total & undivided.
Ofcourse it helped that the quality of programs was real good compared to the ones today, but that could be said only in hindsight.

Private channels, when they started out, if you remember were'nt really that bad. Infact a few good programs did crop up during their infancy which lasted only upto the beginning of their teens. I miss 'Star Bestsellers'. 'Abhaalmaya' was superb to start out, until it digressed. After that, all hell broke loose with crass commercialisation & tending only to the lowest common multiple.

Yeah, I hav'nt watched TV for more than 3-4 yrs now .. and happily, i dont even miss it.
Anonymous said…
Even New years eve was quite entertaining come to think of it.

Sometimes I wonder if our "definition of being entertained" has gone up dramatically or has the range of choice of over 50 odd channels reduced our collective attention span. I just cant seem to stay on the same channel during the commercial break :)

Anyways , having said that , it is indeed a very nice and though out article.

Best Regards
Mohamed Sadiq said…
Bhai u really pulled words from my heart, keep on writing

I really miss those serials and the time , that time I use to egerly waiting for the programs like zaban samalke , dek bhai dek , dids comedy show , giant robot , boomkesh bakshi , etc……………. which ever u have mentioned al those were my favorite

Now changing the channels 1 to 250 :-)

Shailja said…
This was a good journey down the memory lane.. I could actually visualize those moments when I use to watch all these programs on DD. Just one update - Malgudi Days is written by RK Narayanan and not RK Laxman . Laxman is a well known cartoonist and younger brother of RK Narayanan.. ( and i got to know this just few days ago, as nowadays i am reading a book by RK Narayanan which is a compilation of novels, short stories, autobiography etc written by him ).

Keep up the good work :-)

Julian said…
great one ...awesome

Vrushali K said…
Bhai is article ke liye to mast reviews mile hai

Gr8 going

Mere office se review nahi bhej pa rahi hu –

But as usual fantastic one :-)
Amol Redij said…
Hi Shailja,

Thanks for that correction :-)

Pradnya said…

Jabarjasst ekdum. Saglya aathvani tu agadi ekatra karun, lahanpanachya canvas var mast rangavlyas.

Visarlas "KilBil", "Gotya", "AamchiMaati Aamchi Mansa" (mast title song ani music hota tyacha), ani "Ase Pahuney Yeti", "Avvahan"...kay chaan chaan serials hotya.

Sahi ahes tu ekdum. Ani kaay re, comments madhe bahutek saglya mulich, ajun tasach ahes vattay, sollid consistency haan tujhi :-)

Chal ata zopayla jaate, keep writing and keep mailing.

Ninad said…
Hey that new profile image is awesome, very nice.

Self creation/designed?

Anonymous said…
Thank you very much for all your wonderful articles.

Wish you a happy new year and ofcourse wish to see many more thought provoking, humourous, entertaining articles in coming year too.

Hardik said…
I like it so much
I forget this all
now ab mujhe sab yaad aa gaye wo golden days
Anonymous said…
hey u did a wonderful job..u made me remember all of them..d names of duck tales were lui,dui,rui n remember chutti chutti 4 kids..mitti k rang..all short stories in a go..chitrahaar,d music program we were nostalgic abt..
thakur said…
you got a strong memory because I used to have discussion with my friends on the same topic but unluckily I never able to recall all these serials.
niharika said…
U FORGOT tarang FOR KIDS.. :)
Anonymous said…
Hi Amol,

This is great work. You really brought all those golden memories back to life.
As an fyi - the newsreader along with Suneet Tandon is Salma Sultana.

Take care and keep posting such nice articles :)

Best Regards,
Anonymous said…
You made me walk through my memory lane from my childhood til date. The life then was so less complicated with no 100 channels to switch. bful days indeed :)

Anonymous said…
Hi Amol,
Very nicely written article. I read comments by others. Your article is like a time machine, which has taken us back to our golden days, which I wonder would never return. Such pleasant memories are hard to come again. All serials were damm good. Serial makers of today should realise that quality serial, no matter at whatever time telecasted, will find viewers. They should learn something from previous generation. Can anyone tell me where I can get all Nukkad serial in DVD or CD?
Anonymous said…
comment are nice.but i would like to point out that serial AArohan featuring Pallavi Joshi was based on Indian Navy and not on Indian Air Force.
Amol Redij said…
@ Neha - Thanks for pointing that out.
Anonymous said…
thank you thank you thank much... i have tears in my eyes and my soul is stirred
Anonymous said…
loved the article... i Bow to ur sharp memory as u remembered so much.. but one thing u missed out.. 9 o clock time band of 26th january parade every year.. only thing doordarshan has monopoly on without doubt... but no doubt that ur article brought in all the nostalgia...
Anonymous said…
Is there a way you can watch aarohan online !!! or buy a DVD ...
dhruv said…
hey even u forgot to say about ALIF LAILA,tht was awesome serial and even chandrakanta.
angana said…
hey..u forgot to mention abt d english superpower serial SUPER HUMEN SAMURAI...also u missed out MITTI KE RANG(a hindi series of short moral based stories)..where is FAMILY NO1..HUM PANCH??

well though all u did covered...hs taken me back to my childhood..u hv made me sooo uch nostalgic mann..!!

i suprise to see dat most of d ppl nd specially kids dat tym used to c almost same serials
Bhai thanks a lot for such a Faboulous article.

Kuch samay k liye mai wapas baccha ban gaya tha,kho gaya tha bachpan ki yaado me.

Thanks a lot.
Anonymous said…
Very nice. Much appreciated. Some comments:

1. It was Kabir Bedi with Hema Malini(Shekhar Kapoor was in Udaan with Kavita Chaudhary)

2. Some additions:Kachhi Dhoop, Faster Fene, Santawani (on DD Mumbai), Star Treck, He-Man, Manzil Manzil, Eise Bahane (Majahar Khan, Saeed Jafery, Anu Aggrawal), Sherlock Holmes, X-Files, Mr. Yogi, kuchh Khoya Kuchh Paya, Alp Viram, Reporter, Guldasta, Phir wahi Talash, ulta Pulta, Khoj, Kakka ji Kahin, The Sword of Tipu Sultan, ...
rohit K . said…
Thanks for sharing...nice are some good serials....neem ka ped -pankaj kapoor, fatichar - pankaj kapoor,Deviji - swaroop sampat ,junoon ,
Alka said…
If You happen to read my comment, I would heartily request you to somehow manage and post the video of 'AAROHAN'. I'm really in search of that serial but am not able to find it anywhere.
Its my humble and most cordial request to the admin/author of this blog. If you can arrange this much stuff for your blog, it won't be difficult for you to find what i'm looking for, since months..
Positive Response awaited..
Thank You.
amul said…
great article. upped the memory lane
Bhaskar said…
Thanx for the great article...brings back such sweet memories...wonder where many of those actors are today... Miss them v much.
Those days we had only one channel yet the serials/programmes were so memorable
Keep up the good work

Anonymous said…
Man ek seepi hai asha moti hai
har pal jeevan ka ek CHUNAUTI hai
experimenter said…
I used to actually forget my sunday morning music classes for watching Ducktales, Talespin, Tom & Jerry. We bought a VCR just for the purpose and recorded upto 30 hrs of TnJ and 'Molu Molu'. Rushed home from school to watch Aladin while sipping tea. Sunday evenings brought Spiderman and Giant robot. (I was too young to remember Giant Robot, but my sister was so glued to it, she actually cried for a week when the robot supposedly gets destroyed!)

Some favorites of my family:
Ramayan: Had a crush on Arun Govil (who woudn't?). And at that time Deepika was the most devine looking thing in the world. Dara Singh instantly became a fav among kids.
Byomkesh Bakshi (i stil have a crush on Rajit Kapoor inspite of having a smaller crush on Sherlock Holmes. I've got the soft copies of a lot of episodes.)
Neev (bit time fav) : lovely title song: Wonder where can we download it?
Phir Wohi Talash kept us glued. I still swoon over Alok Nath!
Karamchand must have inspired kids to eat raw carrots?
A Mouthful of sky: first english serial in India: truly beautiful song (Earth wind and rain and fire, wealth power blood desire...)
Turning Point: I was at the right age to start following it; it introduced me to Science in an enchanting way.
BQC (Bournvita Quiz Contest)
Junoon: Renuka and Rajit pairing was the best part
Seahawks was good. It was abt coast gaurd.
Shaktiman was fun. For kids. Also ended with loads of advice!
Sara Jahan Hamara was cute abt brave orphan kids.
The Sunday evening movie was a compulsory watch for all. Even if we had an exam on Monday!
Sunit Tondon: another big crush

Alice in Wonderland was magical and so was this animation series (i dont remember its name) whose title track was like this
"Guccha hai bhai guccha hai kahaniyon ka guccha hai
Kahani lelo..
bhaari bhakam ek kahani kele ki chhilke pe phisli
ek kahani halki phulki ud jaaye jo phooke titli
khatti ho to namak lagake
gale me atke pani lelo"

I think the reason TV no more interests us is not just that there was just one channel then while there are many now. TV itself is a phase that we all grow out of. Just like we grow out of comics, then computer games, then crushes. I used to love watching Scooby Doo, Flinstones and Small wonder as a child. I cherish those memories even now. But i cant watch them now. I'm easily bored. I'm sure going to find the stories silly and the animation of poor quality! Its not just technology that is growing, but each person is. Kids these days can watch just Pogo and CN all day long! I'm sure they'll one day say the same things about Pogo that we're now saying about DD. My point is that at any given point of time, "10 years ago" will always look like heaven.

And if i'm not wrong, not all the serials u mentioned were from DD. Or did all of them first appear on DD and then re-telecast on other channels?

But all said, exellent article. You've put a lot of time into researching it. Its as informative and concise as a Wiki page and better! I've sent the link to my near n dear ones to enjoy. Thanks a lot!
experimenter said…
I would also like to add to the list:
Hum Log (we kids used to actually yell for joy when the serial stared.)
Oshin (Japanese serial dubbed into English): really sensitive portrayal of a girl's problems
Anonymous said…

You left out Kashish, one of the best, if not the best serial.

Truck dina din also during the 9 Gold days on DD Metro, the quality of prog was good.

Neev was too good

- Ritesh
Anonymous said…
Forgot to add, the Late night disney flims, All the cartoon introdue by First serve Entertainment. MTV hrs on DD etc.

- Ritesh
Upendra Shaurya said…

From my side

vinod khanduri said…
Wow, Nostalgia unlimited.. I remember each of the serials.. Thats time top directors used to make serials.. Now its all messed up..Same old saas bahu saaga sucks
Anonymous said…
HEY man u just brought back my old golden childhood days with dd watching tv was a big deal in those days...we had only one choice to watch dd..names like channa ruparel,renuka sahaney,kritika desai,shika swaroop,vaishnavi,mona ambegaonkar,aman varma,arun kovil,nitish bharadwaj,news readers like sukanya balakrishnan,meenu,kaveri mukherjee,sunit tandon,neelam sharnma,where is these people now and what they are doing...its hard to see them nowdays..,shanthi serial was supposed to be the first mega serial of indian television..mandira bedi became famoust after this serial,swabhiman was one of my favourite...chandrakanta,the sword of tippu sultan,bharat ek khoj,chitrahaar, sunday morning rangoli..afernoon award winning regional language this week,junoon,reporter,those days serial and progammes had the quality and had the viewership...there are more serials and programmes still to say anyway thanks to brought back some old memories with dd....
Anonymous said…
Star trek, secrets of the sea, He man, duck tales and MICKY, Gayab aya, and ofcoruse BODYline my favorite..I am looking for anyone give me a clue how to get that MOLU song? searched so much..