Amid this quarantine period, when most of us a stuck indoors and locked inside our homes under a lockdown, many shows from the 90’s are rerunning on the Doordarshan program list. Following the re telecast of Ramayana, many shows are to make a comeback, leaving us all feeling nostalgic.
During this time of lockdown, Doordarshan has jumped to rescue all of us and be our saviour from this boredom. After releasing the widely loved show, Ramayan, an adaptation of the great Indian epic, many more shows have joined that list. There are not any new episodes or any new TV shows on-air as the production is on halt due to lockdown because of the massive spread of the COVID 19 pandemic outbreak, which has so far infected over 1,900 people and caused many deaths in India, with number rising manifold every single day. Doordarshan, in this situation, have put the minds of viewers at ease in this time of panic and anxiety by taking the viewers for a trip down the memory lane.
Shows on Doordarshan
Several shows such as Dekh Bhai Dekh, starring Shekhar Suman, Farida Jalal and Navin Nischol, Chanakya, Upanishad Ganga, Alif Laila, Buniyaad, Sriman Srimati and BR Chopra’s Mahabharat are the new shows to have joined the list of programs that are being rerun on the Doordarshan channel. Dekh Bhai Dekh, which was created, directed, developed and edited by Aanand Mahendroo and produced by Jaya Bachchan, is an iconic family sitcom that shows the beautiful bond between the three different generations of the Diwan family, that live under the same roof. It is going to be telecasted everyday at 6 p.m.
The comedy show Sriman Srimati will air daily at 4 p.m, followed by the show Buniyaad, which will be telecasted at 5 p.m. Interested viewers can catch Upanishad Ganga at 6 p.m. on DD Bharti and Chanakay will be aired at 10 p.m.
On being asked about the certainty of the return of the loved Indian superhero show, Shaktimaan, Mukesh Khanna has told sources that he was asked by several fans all over if the show would also make a comeback. He got in contact with the authorities regarding this and it eventually worked out and now Shaktimaan will be back on air too.
Return of Mythological Era on Doordarshan
This rerun of all the favourite shows of the late 1900’s has made all the DD show viewer fondly remember the way they spent their time watching these shows. These were followed by an unbelievable amount of craze and people used to wait when they could go and watch their favourite shows on air, back then, and how happy they are to be able to view them again.
In the popular show based on the epic Ramayana, the lead role in the television series, Ram and Sita, were played by Arun Govil and Deepika Chikhalia. Though the actors could not deny themselves aging with the passage of time, the current popularity of the show portrays that their aura as being lad actors of such a legendary TV show, is young and perennial.
Soon after Ramayana was being telecasted on air again, another mythological epic tale of Mahabharata had its TV show added to the list of programs. Also added to the list shortly, were the trending shows of the 1990’s such as Chanakya, Byomkesh Bakshi, Sriman Srimati and Circus, which are still considered to be retro classics in Indian television.
Family Time with Doordarshan
Buniyaad, one of the shows being re telecasted, was one of the finest family dramas that Indian television and the audience have witnessed in its history of many years and it believed that it set a high standard and is considered a benchmark of drama shows in India. Aired first in 1986, Buniyaad, written by Manohar Shyam Joshi, was based upon the partition of 1947 and its aftermath. It starred Alok Nath, Anita Kanwar, Soni Rajdan and others.
These shows and many more, used to hold high ranks in TRP ratings of Indian Television back in the day and now, they are creating history all over again.
With the telecast of the popular superhero show, Shaktimaan, Mukesh Khanna, the lead actor and super hero of the show, still manages to work his charm on the Indian audience and captures everyone’s attentions through all age groups, be it little kids wondrous with the superpowers of Shaktimaan, or the aged adults, enjoying the goold ol’ days.