For a long time now, Indian television has been mostly about the power politics between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, where inconsequential things become topics of great debates and the ego of a person becomes a lot more important than the self-respect of another person, who just stands and does nothing except feel hurt. However, things have changed in the recent past, and television has become multi-dimensional, with many more categories added to the genres in which television shows are made.
The following is a list of 20 such shows.
The show is pretty new and is doing well, considering how different it is from other shows. The show is not by
Ekta Kapoor, and is by
Gul Khan, which means it does not drag the story. It is funny, it is romantic, and the women in the show are not just about home. They work and can take care of themselves without needing any support from anyone else or from their own family.
2. P. O. W- Bandi Yuddh Ke
Bandi Yuddh Ke, or Prisoners Of War is pretty new show and barely a few episodes have gone on air yet. The content is not just engaging, it is hair raising and emotional. Dealing with the family of India soldiers who are tortured in Pakistan when they are kept as prisoners of war. Not only do they have to pick up their lives from where they left it, they must also deal with their family life that had been paused seventeen years ago.
The show focuses on a woman who suffers all of her childhood due to her abusive father. She then meets a man with whom she finds solace. The woman, Maya (
Jennifer Winget), is actually a character based on ‘
Shah Rukh Khan’s character from ‘
Darr’, who is a psychotic, obsessive, stalking lover. She develops this behavior because of her father, who has always been cheating on his mother.
Dil Dosti Dance
The show was a cult favorite among the youth of the country as it had some of their favorite dancers not just dancing, but also telling wonderful stories and proving they can act too.
Sadda Haq - My Life My Choice
The show was another effective step towards women empowerment, where we see an engineering college, which is mostly filled with boys. Then a woman enters, and proves to the boys that she is just as capable as them, if not more. The actors did a wonderful job portraying the struggles of their characters and justifying them.
Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan Season 1”, “
Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan Season 2”
The show was so popular among the female youth that they went on to write many fan fictions about the show and uploaded them on the internet. The lead pair hated each other in real life, but shared great chemistry on screen. The lead actor was loved so much that he went on to sign a three film deal with notable film production companies in Bollywood.
The show starred
Shaleen Malhotra as a rebellious cop with a defined purpose in his life. He chooses only to solve cases that are so complicated that no one is willing to take them. The show was pretty substantial and IMDB rated it 8.5 on 10, which is a pretty big deal.
The show revolved around a lawyer called K. D. Pathak, who is extremely clever and observant and never loses a case, since it takes him little time to understand if the person he is dealing with is lying or saying the truth.
Ronit Roy was beyond perfect for this role, because not only is he a great actor, but also had the sort of personality required for the role.
The show is one of the longest running shows on television. The characters have become so popular that people always mimic them and sit and watch the one hour long episodes with the same vigour. Sometime they even watch marathons of the show, since they are all crime solving episodes which interests them to great extents.
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah"
The show has been going on for so long now, that the child actors have become adults now. Nevertheless, the show is a favorite among people of all ages, so very few people actually have complaints about the content of the show that has mostly become repetitive now. For instance, every summer they will have at least a bunch of episodes focused on just mangoes.
11. Savdhaan India
We did feel a little hesitant while adding this show on the list. It is supposed to be real life stories about people who get tricked, raped, murdered, cheatedand so on. However, with time the show has just become a medium of scaring people forcing them to doubt on people in their own household even if they are their own blood relatives.
Nisha Aur Uske Cousins"
The show ended a bit too soon considering how well it was being handled. It focused on a group of cousins who live together, are close to each other and constantly thinking about each other’s welfare. Nisha (
Aneri Vajani) eventually becomes the person in the group who they all look up to, trust and seek to protect, as she gets her heart broken by the first man she ever fell in love with. Nisha eventually finds love again and that marked the end of the show.
The show was about a woman who goes to a hotel as an employee with a mission. Eventually, it is revealed that the woman is the granddaughter of the man who owns the hotel. Her mother had eloped with her father which did not make her maternal grandfather too happy. So she comes back so she can restore old ties and find her true identity.
The show was about a woman pilot who makes her own place in a profession dominated by men. She fights the stereotype that women cannot control vehicles and not only does she prove to be a great pilot, she also proves to be a spectacular human being. In the midst of all this and facing a challenge in every flight of hers, she also manages to find love.
The show was another limited episode show, like Airlines and Gulmohar Grand, that focused on the life of a girl who is never really completely accepted by her father because he always wanted a boy. Then, the girl goes on to embark on a new mission, which her father had expected from his son if he had ever had one. This mission involved her climbing and reaching the top of Mount Everest.
Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil"
Another one of the more recent shows, the show is a love story based on the film ‘
Swades’. The lead actors are, 'Arjun Bijlani' and
Drashti Dhami, both of whom have a massive fan following that is beyond words. Their fans are loyal and are beyond excited to see them together after both of them came out of incredibly successful shows. Drashti plays an independent woman.
17. "May I Come In Madam"
The show is a comedy that is much loved among the audience, especially since it has been quite a while since a decent comedy show was released. The film focuses on a man who is forced to live with his wife’s family who are constantly judging and doubting him. He himself feels a certain attraction for his boss, who continues to give him mixed signals.
18. “Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai”
This one was popular as soon as it came out, because it handled an old theme in a tasteful manner. The series in hugely loved and so are its catchphrases. People have started to mimic the characters and the way the actors pull them off. It is also a family show and considerably lacks in vulgarity, which is a huge plus point.
Siya Ke Ram
The show that recently ended looked at Ramayana from Sita’s point of view. It gave huge boost to the actors’ careers and gave a new insight into the popular epic as perhaps no one had seen Sita as an individual who was considerably influenced by decisions taken for her without consulting her. We saw her struggles, her life from her childhood and her finally quitting the society for the sake of women all over the world.
At a time when we constantly see supernatural being trying to harass, kill or take over human in Indian television, this show seems to have come up with something entirely different, where the girl is a nice, simple and bubbly girl who loves the people around her and actually finds love too. We are not saying that Naagins are realistic, but it is better to show them as peace loving beings rather than just snakes thirsty for revenge.