Doordarshan turns 60: Snapshots from television's golden era

Updated: Sep 16, 2019, 16:14 | Nandish
  • Doordarshan turns 60: Snapshots from television's golden era

    Archana Puran Singh and the late Jatin Kanakia in Shrimaan Shrimati, one of the last hugely popular sitcoms on national television. The show also starred late actress Reema Lagoo and Rakesh Bedi.

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  • Doordarshan turns 60: Snapshots from television's golden era

    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.

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    Who can ever forget Mukesh Khanna as Shaktimaan? India's very own superhero.

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  • Doordarshan turns 60: Snapshots from television's golden era

    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was, without doubt, the most popular cartoon superhero series of its time.

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    Arun Govil and Sajjan Kumar as King Vikramaditya and Betaal respectively in Vikram Aur Betaal. The show taught kids valuable life lessons while entertaining them.

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  • Doordarshan turns 60: Snapshots from television's golden era

    Remember a little Japanese boy controlling a giant robot with a watch-like device? Giant Robot was among the earliest sci-fi shows telecast on Indian television, and remains fresh in memory even today.

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  • Doordarshan turns 60: Snapshots from television's golden era

    Sanjay Khan shone as Tipu Sultan in the unforgettable historical drama, The Sword of Tipu Sultan'.

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  • Doordarshan turns 60: Snapshots from television's golden era

    A still from Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad, the American sci-fi series that became quite a craze among kids and teenagers when it was telecast in India.

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  • Doordarshan turns 60: Snapshots from television's golden era

    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.

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  • Doordarshan turns 60: Snapshots from television's golden era

    A still from Alif Laila, the renowned series based on stories from The Arabian Nights.

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  • Doordarshan turns 60: Snapshots from television's golden era

    Shah Rukh Khan in Circus, one of his earliest TV shows, and an extremely popular one at that.

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    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!

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    Vijayendra Ghatge and Kiran Juneja in Buniyaad, the legendary drama series of the 1980s, which dealt with India's partition and its aftermath.

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  • Doordarshan turns 60: Snapshots from television's golden era

    The late Jaspal Bhatti gave us reason to laugh out loud in spite of everyday troubles through Flop Show, an ever-relevant satire on socio-cultural problems faced by the common man.

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  • Doordarshan turns 60: Snapshots from television's golden era

    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.

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  • Doordarshan turns 60: Snapshots from television's golden era

    Vijay Kashyap in and as Tenali Rama the popular south Indian folk hero.

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  • Doordarshan turns 60: Snapshots from television's golden era

    Naseeruddin Shah was captivating as the lead character of Mirza Ghalib in the biographical television drama of the same name.

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  • Doordarshan turns 60: Snapshots from television's golden era

    Raghubir Yadav in the satirical show Mulla Nasruddin, which had ample dash of wit and humour to keep everyone engaged.

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    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.

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About The Gallery

As Doordarshan turns 60, here is the second part of nostalgic memories from the best phase of Indian television, a look at classic programmes that aired during the bygone era of the 1980s and the 1990s

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