Khandan, an Indian Television drama was telecasted on the Doordarshan channel in the year of 1985. It is the story about the rich business class society and how they maintain their standards in the society. The two famous faces Neena Gupta and Mohan Bhandari rose to popularity with this serial. Shridhar Kshirsagar was the director of the series.
the serial created a new phenomenon with its telecast as it was the only serial which became very famous after ‘Hum Log’ and ‘Buniyaad’. Harish Bhimani was the narrator of the serial who had a unique baritone voice ‘Badalte Rishton Ki Anokhi Dastan’ which generally spoke about a business family in Mumbai.
The families comprised of rebellious and spoilt children and cheating, adulterous husbands, which protrayed that money and being rich creates these problems in the society very quickly. Vivek Vaswani, Shernaz Patel, Dr.Shreeram Lagoo, Sujata Mehta were also included in the main casting.
Sujata Mehta is a very beautiful actress who has acted in movies too. Neena Gupta played the role of a wealthy business tycoon who used to get her contracts by her cheating philosophy.
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Khaandan, a Doordarshan production serial, aired on DD National and is directed by Shridhar Kshirsagar. The show and has a star-studded cast. Neena Gupta, Shekhar Kapur, Girish Karnad, Jayant Kriplani, the renowned Om Puri and Tanuja, to name a few, along with a sea of other top actors coming together for this TV show to be aired in 1985. The plot revolves around a business family house and the ambitions that drive the members forward. The plot takes various twists and turns, with different characters, and how they react in given situations tells a story in itself. The fortune of the family rises and falls with tragedy eventually striking and shaking the foundations of the once high and mighty family. At a crunch time, Jayant Kriplani’s character who is an outsider to the family supports them with the shares he owns of the family business.
The plot is the first one of its kind and ahead of its time. The serial moves at a decent speed. Also, there is a sense of realism in terms of the interplay between the characters with each other, with all of them displaying different shades of gray, and just not purely black and white values of good and bad. Thus, portraying a very realistic picture of human nature and the times and society in which we live. The storyline ebbs away and finally culminates to a conclusion with a closure that makes this show worth a watch. The timeline of the story is set in the mid-’80s and the portrayal of society and its times have done justice to the show.
The runtime for each episode is around 40 minutes. "Khaandan" showcases the family dynamics that take place in an Indian context in all aspects of life and how society plays a part as well. The show also portrays the effects of a family run business and the power play and politics that play a role in family dynamics. The plot is direct, and the drama is realistic with the actors cast doing justice to their characters. This makes the show all the more worthwhile. This show helps define and refine the meaning of family and its values from an Indian context along with its importance and place it has in every individual’s life. A hugely popular show when first aired with a star cast and an intriguing yet pertinent and realistic storyline makes this show one for the ages.