Over the years Indian TV Industry has evolved a lot in the making of good to best Serials, which envisage as the pioneer in the Hindi Television Industry. Whenever we talk about Doordarshan, nostalgia comes back, again and again into our minds. Doordarshan was the platform in those days, for various artists to showcase their skills on a camera. Every 80’s-90’s child still has some fond memories associated with the channel and its programs. In the early days of TV Industry, the programs were wholly realistic, based totally on the ground reality of Indian Civil Society. Few Dramas also showcased the aftermath of Partition on People and Economy. Doordarshan has produced a lot of great Indian Shows and given a lot of best actors, who got a lot of success ahead.
Alok Nath, Shahrukh Khan are among a few who got a lot of success later on. Here, we are going to present, a list of, top 10 Doordarshan Serials of all time.
It’s an Indian Soap Opera, whose first episode came on Doordarshan Channel in July 1984. The genre of the show is Drama-Entertainment. The Story depicts a Middle-Class Family and shows their everyday struggle and aspirations. Influenced by the Mexican show Ven Conmigo, Director P. Kumar Vasudev got an idea to make this how in 1980. The main leads of the Serial are,
Vinod Nagpal, Jayshri Arora,
Divya Seth, and
Sushma Seth. The drama got a vast popularity among audience way back then. The idea came from Indian Broadcasting Minister in 1982, after his Mexico trip. The Script is written by
Manohar Shyam Joshi. Music Director Anil Biswas is, behind the Title Score of the Show. The show critiques Ediction prevalent in the Indian Society through different subjects. Total 156 Episodes of the show were aired from 1984-1985. At the end of the show Legendary Actor,
Ashok Kumar used to give his Narration Couplets and Limericks. It’s also, one of the longest running shows of that time.
It’s still considered as the first detective series showcasing the Byomkesh Bakshi character. The Script is from the Bengali Writer,
Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. This show is still fresh in the memories of Indians for its storyline and screenplay. The main leads of the show are,
Rajit Kapur, K.K. Raina, and
Sukanya Kulkarni. The story revolves around the Bengali Detective Byomkesh, who detects and solves mind-boggling cases, with his excellent, intelligent work. The Byomkesh Character in the show considers himself as the guy who seeks the truth, different from the conventional detectives. Here Byomkesh makes a trap for the perpetrators to kill them on their own for their crimes. He believes in providing the Justice to victims even if they are not able to provide any significant evidence. Balak Jasoos is one of the episodes, where he gives punishment to offenders on his terms of verifying the criminals. The Actor Raji Kapur has enacted in lots of Bollywood movies such as,
Baar Baar Dekho, Ki and Ka, Roy, and
Begum Jaan. Few popular episodes are, Ret Ka Dalal, Makdi Ka Ras, Raaste Ka Kaanta, and much more.
3. Ye Jo Zindagi Hai
This Situational Comedy show aired, way back in 1984 on Doordarshan. The writer of the show is
Sharad Joshi, and Director is
Manjul Sinha, and
Raman Kumar. It is believed to be the first Sitcom Serial on Indian TV, which received an overwhelming response. The show’s tapes are still available in the London Video store, owing to its popularity. The main leads of the Drama are,
Tiku Talsania, and
Satish Shah. The show revolves around Shafi Inamdar as Ranjit Verma and Swaroop Sampat as Renu, in the show. The Storyline depicts funny happenings with the Shafi Inamdar and Swaroop Sampat. The Divorce, Renu as a Salesman, The South Indian Marriage, Cancer, and Thief’s Sweet Tooth episodes are, among the most famous ones. Satish Shah also, played the various roles in the show belonging to different regions and Characters. Total 61 Episodes of the show are, aired including two Seasons.
Buniyaad is an Indian Drama Series aired way back in 1986, on Doordarshan. The show depicts the Indian Partition in 1947 and its impacts. The directors of the show are
Ramesh Sippy and
Jyoti Sarup. The show got so much response that; show again gets telecast on DD Metro and Sahara One. The show gave few renowned Actors, Alok Nath and Kruthika Desai, who acted in many big Bollywood Films. The main leads of the show are, Alok Nath,
Dalip Tahil, and
Neena Gupta. The family portrayal is from Lahore, which then became part of Pakistan, and people were directed to either be a part of India and Pakistan. The show depicts Dalip Tahil, who wants to move out from Lahore to India, with his family. Whether they reach India and the circumstances is what the show shows. How Family fights out the Riots and Internal quarrel during the partition, and how they overcome is beautifully shown in the Drama. 5. Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne It’s one of the most popular Indian Comedy show, aired on
5. Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne
It’s one of the most popular Indian Comedy show, aired on Doordarshan in 1990. The Director of the show is
Prakash Jha. The Writer of the show is Manohar Shyam Joshi. The main leads of the Drama are,
Raghubir Yadav and Ruma Ghosh. The Story revolves around Raghubir Yadav, who is a Clerk. He gets frustrated due to the Bossgiri of his Wife at Home and from his boss in the Office. Due to this, he always dreams of taking revenge on them. He keeps on Dreaming to become a Billionaire and to do the same with them. The show is somewhat similar to James Thurber's novel named as The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. There is a rumor of the show getting a remake to air on the Sony TV.
Nukkad is a prominent and notorious TV Drama series, aired on Doordarshan in 1986-1987. The Director of the show is, Kundan Shah and
Saeed Akhtar Mirza. The show Script is by, Prabodh Joshi. The main leads of the Drama are,
Pavan Malhotra, Sangeeta Naik, and some more. The show got an overwhelming response from the audience, for its storyline and screenplay. The show touches the soul of the Viewer in only a few episodes for its heart touching stories and characterization. Few characters of the show such as, Khopdi, Kadar Bhai became very popular. The show mostly focuses on lower income people, their troubles and struggles in the society and their day to day life. The show got so much admiration that producers of the Drama aired the second season of the show as
Fauji is an Indian TV show, which depicts the training of Indian Army Commando Regiment. It was the first show of Superstar Shah Rukh Khan. His role as Lieutenant Abhimanyu Rai got a lot of praise from both the Viewers and Critics. The Drama came on Doordarshan in the year 1987. The story is based on the life of Lieutenant Colonel Sanjay Banerjee of Bombay Engineering Group from Indian Army. The show’s Producer is the New Film Addicts Pvt Ltd. Also, the Director is Colonel Raj Kapoor. The show got a lot of admiration and success, which eventually gave SRK a big step in his acting career. Post his shows Fauji, Circus and
Wagle Ki Duniya, he got approached by
Hema Malini for his first movie, Deewana in 1992, and the rest is history.
It’s an Indian TV show, aired way back in 1986, on Doordarshan. The Drama depicts the town Malgudi, in South. The stories are from the Writer, R.K. Narayan. The show title Score is, by L. Vaidyanathan, and the Director is
Shankar Nag. The main leads are,
Harish Patel, Dada,
Girish Karnad, Shankar Nag, and many more. The episodes of the show are shot mostly in the Karnataka’s Shimoga District. There were total 54 Episodes telecasted on Doordarshan. Most of the Episodes are one story long. Few memorable episodes of the show are, Jug Spirit, Old Man of The Temple, and Missing Necklace. The show also aired on Sony TV later, because of public demand.
Dekh Bhai Dekh
It’s another Situational Comedy show, aired on Doordarshan, from 1993-1994. Total of 61 episodes were aired on the TV. The show’s Director is
Anand Mahendroo, and the Producer is
Jaya Bachchan. The main leads of the show are, Shekhar Suman,
Navin Nischol, Farida Jalal, Bhavana Balasar, and many more. The show is all about Diwan family and its ancestors. The Drama depicts the Family and its ongoing Relationship among its members. Most of the episodes show the Fight between the members, and the irking parents, also the money problem that arises. This show has given, Shekhar Suman, one of the most talented TV and Bollywood actors to the Industry.
It’s an Indian TV Drama, based on the genre of Detective fiction, aired from 1994-1995. The Drama provides a lot of thriller to the audience through its characterization and script. The drama depicts the various crimes and how a team of detectives cracks the cases. The main leads of the show are,
Saurabh Shukla, and a few more. The Director of the show is
Karan Razdan and Shekhar Kapoor. The show got an overwhelming response due to the innovative way of solving cases by Vijay Anand. People still admire the acting of Vijay Anand in the show. Vijay Anand plays the role of Sam. The chemistry between Saurabh Shukla and Vijay Anand still exists in the memories of people.