In pictures: Snapshots from television's golden era
Who can ever forget Mukesh Khanna as 'Shaktimaan'? India's very own superhero
Vijay Anand and Saurabh Shukla in 'Tehkikaat', one of the most underrated detective-thriller series on Indian television. In terms of content, 'Tehkikaat' was next only to 'Byomkesh Bakshi'
'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe'Â was without doubt the most popular cartoon superhero series of its time
Arun Govil and Sajjan Kumar as King Vikramaditya and Betaal respectively in 'ÂVikram Aur Betaal'. The show taught kids valuable life lessons while entertaining them
Remember a little Japanese boy controlling a giant robot with a watch-like device? 'ÂGiant Robot' was among the earliest sci-fi shows telecast on Indian television, and remains fresh in memory even today
Archana Puran Singh and the late Jatin Kanakia in 'Shrimaan Shrimati', one of the last hugely popular sitcoms on national television
Sanjay Khan shone as Tipu Sultan in the unforgettable historical drama, 'The Sword of Tipu Sultan'
A still from 'Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad'Â, the American sci-fi series that became quite a craze among kids and teenagers when it was telecast in India
Shahbaz Khan as Prince Virendra Singh and Shikha Swaroop as Princess Chandrakanta in 'Chandrakanta'. The show was brought back in a new avatar as 'Kahaani Chandrakanta Ki' on a private channel, but couldn't rework its magic
A still from 'Alif Laila', the renowned series based on stories from 'The Arabian Nights'
Shah Rukh Khan in 'Circus', one of his earliest TV shows, and an extremely popular one at that
Raghubir Yadav in 'Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne'. In the show, Mungerilal (Yadav) gets bossed around by everyone, but gets back at them in his dreams!
Vijayendra Ghatge and Kiran Juneja in 'Buniyaad', the legendary drama series of the 1980s, which dealt with India's partition and its aftermath
The late Jaspal Bhatti gave us reason to laugh out loud in spite of everyday troubles through 'ÂFlop Show'Â, an ever-relevant satire on socio-cultural problems faced by the common man
Ashok Kumar discussing the story with the audience at the end of each episode of 'Hum Log', Indian television's first soap opera, will remain etched in memory forever
Vijay Kashyap in and as 'Tenali Rama' the popular south Indian folk hero
Naseeruddin Shah was captivating as the lead character of Mirza Ghalib in the biographical television drama of the same name
Raghubir Yadav in the satirical show 'Mulla Nasruddin', which had ample dash of wit and humour to keep everyone engaged
Pankaj Kapoor in 'Neem Ka Ped'. The versatile actor played the character of 'Budhai Ram' a suffering bonded labourer in a village with great conviction