Some time before internet made its foray into the mainstream Indian middle class existence, television was our much loved and adored asset, with a host of quality series striving to keep us glued to every episodic presentation. And with the tides of time though glitz has preceded quality, with only a few exceptions , the oldies continue to enrich us more than ever.
These two shows were our primary source of latest hit Bollywood numbers to get incorporated in our everyday humming and tuning. Instant downloads of today completely fails the excitement of anticipating music with much bated breath.
R K Narayan’s epic stories find video graphic depiction in the 1990s TV series of the same name. The series, much like the book, remains a classic depiction of Indian society at large.
The popular family game Antakshaari found its into television with the Indian musical game show by the same name. The show stopped airing years back, but the game still lives on with the trademark “Baithe Baithe Kya Kare Karna H Kuch Kaam, Shuru Kare Antakshaari Leke Prabhu Ka Naam” evoking nostalgia among a vast section of the populace.
Essentially the most loved desi superhero of Indian kids, Shaktimaan was a classic in its own right. From the weirdly imaginative villains to the deeply impactful “Sorry Shaktimaan” vibes that went along with the show, weekend in our childhood revolved around the do good, godly figure!
JASSI JAISI KOI NAHIN
A diversion from the typical image of a fair and lovely girl, Mona Singh as Jassi won hearts with her unconventional look and quirks in the show. The damsel with a golden heart, Jassi remains one of the most adored characters in Indian television.
KAUN BANEGA CROREPATI
A hugely popular show ever since its launch in 2000, KBC continues to entertain audience, while administering doses of knowledge. Host Amitabh Bachchan ‘asking’ the Computer Ji to lock the answer is as iconic as the superstar himself!
A relatively new entrant in Indian television, Satyamev Jayate is a chat show with a difference. Revered wholly because of its content, this Aamir Khan venture is certainly iconic in its own right. The novelty that the show encompasses inspires and amazes the whole of India with the nation’s own societal tales.
The celebrated fictional detective Byomkesh Bakshi‘s eponymous adaptation sees Rajit Kapur enact the protagonist with aplomb. With the brilliant story line based on the Sharadindu Bandopadhyay character, this remains an all time classic series. Easily surpassing all modern day dramas belted out in the name of suspense., Byomkesh Bakshui remains as enigmatic as ever.
MAHABHARAT/ OM NAMAH SHIVAAY
Mythology has always been at the forefront in Indian society. It is no wonder therefore that shows evoking Gods and Goddesses like Om Namah Shivaay and those depicting kings and queens like Mahabharat were very dear to any typical Indian viewer.
This mid 1980s series was a pictorial representation of King Vikramaditya narrating spell binding tales as the wily ghost Betal loiters around and about him. The fantasy generated by this show managed to entice tele viewers into its grip with its lucid presentation.