While surfing through the numerous channels on cable TV last night, I suddenly stopped on Doordarshan (DD National) channel. Oh! How did I forget this channel? I mean, why didn’t I watch this before? Yes, I too was flown with the modern age, leaving behind my nostalgic moments. This write up more than anything is a nostalgic trip down the memory lane when Doordarshan was the only mode of sheer entertainment in late 90s when we didn’t have cables, Set-top box, DTH or Multiplexes.

Before the cable revolution hit in India around 1991, every person in a household only watched DD national and they all used to sit glued to the small screen at their fixed time schedules. It was actually fun watching the DD serials in our childhood. How many of us remember the Doordarshan serials and shows that were the part of our childhood? Here is the list of 10 best Doordarshan serial and show that ruled the 1990s, which are unforgettable (ask your parents, they will vouch for it) We can only wish they could come back again! Let’s go a couple of decades in that golden era and relive these wonderful epics of our childhood.


Chitrahaar… Old and New songs

Yeah! I remember, Chitrahaar was presented on every Friday 7:30pm – 8:00pm. It was a weekly musical show of old and new Hindi songs which we all love to see and listen as well.


Chandrakanta.... The fantasy Series
Chandrakanta…. The fantasy Series

Chandrakanta entertained Indian viewers for more than 2 years with the fantasy stories based on Devaki Nandan Khatri’s novel.

Shahbaz Khan (Prince of Naugad) and Shikha Swaroop (Princess of Vijaygad) appeared in the lead roles.And yes, who will forget the most memorable punch line of all the time “Yakkuu…” which came from Akilendra Mishra as Kroor Singh.

Captain Vyom

Captain Vyom.. Sci-Fi serial
Captain Vyom.. Sci-Fi serial

Captain Vyom took the Indian Science fiction stories to a whole new degree and made it look good like it never did before. Milind Soman played a lead role as Captain Vyom.

Dekh Bhai Dekh

Dekh Bhai Dekh.. All time favorite comedy blast
Dekh Bhai Dekh.. All time favorite comedy blast

It was the best family comedy show of that time. It was directed by Anand Mahendroo and produced by Jaya Bachchan. Dekh Bhai Dekh was comic story that revolves around the Diwan family. Shekhar Suman was one of the premier attractions of the show and he later grown with leaps and bounces in the Bollywood industry. Though being a comedy serial, Dekh Bhai Dekh also taught us about how, even during the ups and downs of life, family always stayed together.


Fauji.. Serial based on Indian Army

This serial canonized and praised the Indian Army and also presented the strict and rigorous training the cadets have to go through. Bollywood King Khan, Shahrukh Khan was one of the lead characters in this serial. And who knew back then that this innocent looking lunky lad would rule Bollywood and become the eternal king of romance.


Ramayana... Mythological series
Ramayana… Mythological series

It was one of the mythological series. It was presented on every Sunday. The serial pictured the life history of Lord Ram and Devi Sita. It was very famous serial of that times and was appreciated by kids and adults too.


Shaktimaan... Kids favorite
Shaktimaan… Kids favorite

Shaktimaan was the first ever fictional Superhero of Indian screen before Krish, Ra-one, and Chitti. The lead role was played by Mukesh Khanna and had success of almost 400 episodes. It was on air for almost 8 years and was largely enjoyed by Indian kids. The serial also gave an effective social message at the end of each episode.


Mahabharat... The story of 5 pandavas
Mahabharat… The story of 5 Pandavas

It was one of the epic which was favorites of everybody at the home. The “Main Samay Hoon” part of this serial was enough to make the atmosphere and the whole house go still and get glued to the TV sets.

Jungle Book

Jungle Book... Cartoon show favorite of childrens
Jungle Book… Cartoon show favorite of children’s

Jungle Book was an animated series loved by the children’s. it was aired with 52 successful episodes. Jungle book was a story of a boy named Mowgli, who gets lost in the jungle and is later brought up by the animals in the jungle and become a favorite of everyone there. Who can forget the tales of Mowgli, Sharekhan, and Bagheera!

As an Indian viewer, one thing always comes to mind when thought about Jungle book, is the voice of Nana Patekar as Sharekhan, it was truly an amazing experience. We are living in 21st century but still haven’t got a catchy title song as “Jungle jungle Baat Chali Hai Pata Chala Hai, arey chaddi pehen ke phool khila hai phool kila hai!!” 🙂

Shriman Shrimati

Shrimaan Shrimati... A classic comedy
Shrimaan Shrimati… A classic comedy

The serial was produced by Adhikari Brothers. It was a comedy serial revolve around the neighbors. This story took “Love thy neighbors” a bit too literally, but however we loved watching this comedy classic for its awesome punch lines. You will be always remembered Miss Keshu, Dilruba, Koki and Prema Ji. The serial gained huge popularity due to its comic timings of actors and its simplicity.

So, did you enjoy the journey? The TV viewers of this era has probably seen the most dramatic change in the entertainment and media industry than anyone else. People and things change in accordance with the time, but memories remain forever. Thinking about those golden moments of Indian TV evolution still gets us excited and kicking.

These were one of the best memories I had; Page3 would love to know your best memories in the comment section below.


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