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Ten Popular Doordarshan Television Series telecasted during 1980s and 1990s

How can one forget golden era of Doordarshan Television Channel in India? If you are a 1980s or 1990s Kid, you would definitely remember mega hit television serials telecasted on Doordarshan TV Channel. Let me rekindle your memory to travel through the golden days of Doordarshan with their Ten Popular Doordarshan Television Series telecasted during 1980s and 1990s.

Doordarshan was started in 1959 in New Delhi and carry a long legacy. Today the state-run company runs 34 channels covering many regional languages.

Before the Sunday starts, I guess the first song played by Doordarshan is “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara”.

  1. Rangoli, 1989
Rangoli Doordarshan
Rangoli Doordarshan

How can one forget eagerly waiting for the Sunday morning program first thing for watching Rangoli and the costume of beautiful Hema Malini. The program is a musical television series where the Host will present in a nice cultural ambience and background music presents top musical film hit songs during the season. Hema Malini’s costume and the way she delivered the presentation made her so popular in each corner of the Nation.

  1. Ramayan
Ramayan Doordarshan TV Serial
Ramayan Doordarshan TV Serial

The Lord Rama was made even more popular and likable for many Indians regardless or religion, casteism, geography or family deity by this very Doordarshan Television serial. Directed by Ramanand Sagar, this mega hit Doordarshan TV Serial ran for 78 plus weeks. What one can remember was the unbiased story told by the team. More than that, the Cast of Ramayan Doordarshan TV Serial. We can’t forget such faces and their diligent acting. Even after many modern day Ramayan Serial Versions, the original cast of Doordarshan Ramayan TV Serial still win our hearts without any second thoughts.

  1. Vikram Aur Beetaal, 1998
Vikram Aur Betaal Doordarshan TV Serial
Vikram Aur Betaal Doordarshan TV Serial

Vikram Aur Betaal was another mega hit Indian Mythology television series on the stories of King Vikram and the Vetala. Aired with 29 episodes, each week’s episode starts with a twist and ends with another twist leaving the audience to wait for next week episode with lot of anxiety. The actor Arun Govil acted for King Vikramaditya and Actor Sajjan acted as Betaal. Their combination was such a hit. Each episode taught us all a moral value to instill in us.

  1. Mahabharat, 1988
Mahabharat Doordarshan TV Serial
Mahabharat Doordarshan TV Serial

Right after the epic DD TV serial Ramayan got over, another Guinness Record winning Doordarshan TV Serial was introduced on Mahabharat. Mahabharat told us finer details of story of Mahabharat and the family feud between the Pandava princes and the Kaurava kings. Lord Krishna preaching, and famous tricks played were very well enacted to win our hearts forever. The animation in 1988 was still great and very much trendy to make us believe in aerial warfare, missile and different asthras.

5. Surabhi 1990

Surabhi Doordarshan TV Serial
Surabhi Doordarshan TV Serial

One of the first popular and lengthy cultural magazine show aired in 1990s. Surabhi won our hearts forever. The show ran for 9 seasons and 415 episodes. The program was such a hit that both the hosts Renuka Shahane and Siddharth Kak became national identities. This show involved audience participation by writing and reading out letters, quiz programs. The show received 1.4 million letters from audiencs across the Nation and appeared in Limca book of records.

  1. He Man and the Masters of Universe, 1983
HE Man and the Masters of Universe
HE Man and the Masters of Universe

Perhaps the first external super hero we are all exposed from an Indian scenario, He Man is the most Powerful man in the Universe and he saves planet Eternia and protects the secret of Castle Grayskull. The action hero raises his sword towards sky to get electrified power and he becomes unstoppable for evil forces. He along with his friends fights the evil Skelator.

  1. Spider Man, 1994
Spider Man Doordarshan TV Serial
Spider Man Doordarshan TV Serial

The Animated Television Series is based on the Marvel Comics SpiderMan, originally an American TV Series. The most thing you like about Spider Man TV Serial is the opening promo video. Peter Parker is the Spider Man who gains super power by an accident and he starts using the power to save the people from his super villains. In between he also struggles in expressing his love for Mary Jane Watson. This animated version of Spider Man was telecasted on Sunday evenings in the 1980s. Later the inspiration was made as full-featured movies.

  1. Alif Laila, 1993
Alif Laila Doordarshan TV Serial
Alif Laila Doordarshan TV Serial

International famed Arabian Nights or One Thousand and One Nights is the base for this Indian Doordarshan TV Serial Alif Laila. The show is another hit that it ran for 260 episodes.Alif Laila was the winner of the Most Outstanding T.V. Serial award by the India Cine-goers Academy. The introduction music is still memorable. The legacy of the Arabian Nights told in the form of exciting, enthralling stories, packed with great morals, amazing characters, accompanied by flying carpets, magic lamps, fairies and more.

  1. Chanakya
Chanakya Doordarshan TV Serial
Chanakya Doordarshan TV Serial

This is a historical television drama produced, directed and casted by Chandraprakash Dwivedi and ran for 47 episodes. The TV series focused on telling us the life of Theorist Chanakya (VishnuGupta). Chanakya was also the royal advisor of King Chandragupta Maurya whose preachings are being considered as political advices that rulers should follow in order to offer peace and lead a rightful rule to the people of the kingdom. The series have won 5 Uptron Awards. It was hailed as one of the milestone of Indian Televison. The moral values and authentic story telling from this historical drama is still praised by Indian television audience.

  1. Chandrakanta
Chandrakanta Doordarshan TV Serial
Chandrakanta Doordarshan TV Serial

Chandrakanta is an Indian fantasy television series based on the Devaki Nandan Khatri’s novel ChandraKanta. Aired between years 1994 and 1996 the TV Series was created, written, produced, and directed by Nirja Guleri. The show was also run on Star Plus and Sony Entertainment Television in later years.

Honorable Mentions:

Every audience may have their own taste and likes. The above ten serials are famous based on my preferences. There were many other Doordarshan TV serials and TV programs that were so popular. Like,

Jungle book, Tipu Sultan, Sindbad, Star Trek, Circus, Fauji, Ghutan, IndraDhanush, Buniyaad ShaktiMaan, and many more. What did I miss? Join me in comments with your favorite Indian Television Serials from the past.


Top Ten Film Industries in India

India loves Entertainment. Bollywood is now a no-stranger to Western World. Every year, Movies from India are being premiered and often being nominated for Oscar Awards. Kudos to those genius movie industry people who elevate the brand image of India across the world.

In a year, there are more than 1000 movies getting released in India. Just the top ten movie industries alone command a great share of the overall number of movies.

Let us take a look at the top 10 movie industries in India.

Language No. of films in 2018 Name Capital
Hindi 340 (digital) and 0 (celluloid), total of 340 Bollywood Mumbai
Tamil 291 (digital) and 0 (celluloid), total of 291 Kolywood Chennai
Telugu 275 (digital) and 0 (celluloid), total of 275 Tollywood Hyderabad
Kannada 204 (digital) and 0 (celluloid), total of 204 Sandalwood Bengaluru
Marathi 180 (digital) and 1 (celluloid), total of 181 Marathi Chitrapatsrushti Maharashtra
Malayalam 168 (digital) and 0 (celluloid), total of 168 Molywood cochin
Bengali 149 (digital) and 0 (celluloid), total of 149 Tollywood Tollygunge
Bhojpuri 67 (digital) and 0 (celluloid), total of 67 Bhojiwood Patna
Punjabi 45 (digital) and 0 (celluloid), total of 45 Pollywood Chandigarh
Gujarati 45 (digital) and 0 (celluloid), total of 45 Dhollywood Ahmedabad

Top 10 Indian Television Shows Mostly Watched in 2018

Here are the Top 10 Indian TV Shows watched in 2018. TV Sitcoms are a great hit in India with millions of viewership. There are more than 1000s of TV serials getting aired on India.

  1. Kundali Bhagya

Kundali Bhagya is perhaps the most favorite Indian TV Show as on January 2018. The storyline revolves around two sisters of Pragya (Kumkum Bhagya) Preeta and Srishti and their attempt to reunite with their mother Sarla and their dynamics with the Luthra family.

The show first aired on July 2017 and within 6 months, the show has got maximum reception from the nationwide television audience

You can watch official episodes and previews of Kundali Bhagya online in the ZEE TV Channel here. or on

Watch Kundali Bhagya Online – Zee TV

  1. Big Boss 11

Bigg Boss 11 is the eleventh season of Indian reality TV series Bigg Boss, which is telecasted on Colors TV. The show continued to command a great deal of tv viewership in India. Shilpa Shinde Big Boss is the Winner of the much famous Big Boss 11 Show in 2018. The specialty of Big Boss TV Show is all about the unaltered drama of clash of TV celebrities. The last season the TV Show got its maximum attention when Bollywood Superstar Salman hosted the show.

Watch latest episodes of Bigg Boss 11 online on VOOT

  1. Kumkum Bhagya

Kumkum Bhagya means (Vermilion in my Fate) also referred as Twist of Fate is another most watched TV Show in India. The famous show Kumkum Bhagya is mainly telecasted in Hindi-language. The story is a love story of a famous musician Abhi who married Pragya. Abhi initially thought that Pragya to be the love interest but many twists gets unwounded and the show continues successfully with increasing viewership.

Watch Latest Episodes of Kumkum Bhagya TV Show online on OZEE

  1. Kya Haal Mr. Paanchal

Kya Haal Mr. Paanchal is the Indian Television comedy Sitcom. The story is about a mother, Kunti Devi who demands a perfect daughter-in-law with five qualities from God for her son, Kanhaiya Paanchal, however, as a result of a strange twist she ends up with five daughters-in-laws with one quality each.

This show rose to fame due to its unique storyline and the comedy waved in throughout the story line. All age group audience can watch this show along with the family members.

Watch Kya Haal Mr. Paanchal TV episodes online on Hotstar TV online

  1. Nimki Mukhiya

Nimki Mukhiya is a story about a girl who becomes a mukhiya and changes her entire village. This show coming with new concept because where all the villagers women work in home nimki is coming with new ideas and face new challenges, she is fulfill of enjoyment.

She is bollywood movies lover, and in the first episode she says that Imraan Hashmi comes into her dream that proves she is mad about cinema. She is dreamer and unaware about the darkness of the world. When story moves and nimki takes the charge & responsibility of the complete village and become the mukhiya. Nimki Mukhiya is a bubbly young girl.

Watch Nimki Mukhiya latest & full episodes online on Hotstar or desi serials TV on

  1. Yeh Rishta Kehlata Hai

Yeh Rishta Kehlata Hai is India’s longest running TV serial in India that started in the year of 2009. The story revolves around the daily life of an Udaipur-based Rajasthani family.

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai was initially the story of a young couple, Akshara and Naitik Singhania, who lived in a Marwari joint family in Udaipur. The story showcases their journey as a married couple going through adjustment issues, as parents of young children, and how they learn to love each other as their extended families mature. Now the story focuses on Naira and Kartik Goenka facing the same journey as Naira’s parents, with a youthful twist.

Watch Latest episode of Yeh Rishta kya kehlata hai online on Hotstar

  1. Super Dancer Chapter 2

Super Dancer First Season is an Indian Hindi kids dance reality television series, that airs on Sony Entertainment Television and Sony Entertainment Television Asia.

Talented kids in the age group of 4-13 are pitted against each other in a competition where they entertain everyone through their performances.

Watch Super Dancer Chapter 2 online on

  1. Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is a SAB Comedy Show inspired from the famous humorous column ‘Duniya Ne Undha Chashmah’ written by the eminent Gujarati writer Mr. Tarak Mehta.

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah has become the first TV show to be taken up as a case study by an institute.

Watch latest episode of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah online on

  1. Yeh Hai Mohabbatein

Yeh Hai Mohabbatein is an Indian Television Series on Star Plus. It first got telecasted on 2013. This serial is created and produced by Ekta Kapoor. Divyanka Tripathi and Karan Patel act as the lead pair.

The story is partially based on Manju Kapur’s novel Custody. The show follows the love story of Dr. Ishita Iyer, who is a Tamil dentist and Raman Kumar Bhalla, who is a Punjabi CEO. Ishita is infertile and becomes emotionally attached to Raman’s daughter, Ruhi, who lives with her divorced father. Raman’s ex-wife, Shagun, lives with her boyfriend Ashok Khanna and Aditya, her son with Raman. Due to circumstances, Raman and Ishita marry each other. The show has won more than 50 awards.

Watch Ye Hai Mohabbatein episode online on Hotstar TV online

  1. Udaan

Udaan is the story of the bonded labourers of a wealthy landlord, Kamal Narayan Rajvanshi. The storyline has a mixture of love, family bonding and covers 10 years leap ahead story line that is an interesting twist.

Watch Online Udaan Colors Tv Serial Full Episodes on or