Friday, July 12, 2013

My all-time Favourite TV shows [UBC Post 13]

OK for the nth time, let me repeat that I don’t watch TV any more. But all my life I have and there have been a handful of programs which still stand out in my memory.

DEKH BHAI DEKH
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Dekh Bhai Dekh: I am sure each one of you remembers this laugh riot which featured Naveen Nishchhal, Fareeda Jalal, Shekhar Suman and Bhavna Balsavar amongst others like Sushma Seth and Divya Seth. I have watched Dekh Bhai Dekh several times but it never fails to break me into splits, over and over again. Moreover, if you really recall, so many of the TV stars of today appeared on that show – right from Urvashi Dholakia to Amar Upadhyay. I think, all the episodes are there on YouTube. It is also available on DVD now. Check here.

FRIENDS: Though I am sure it needs no introduction, FRIENDS is a popular American sitcom which was aired from 1994 to 2004. The re-runs were there on Star World and Zee Studio, the last time I watched TV. I had bought this complete Boxset because there was a time when I would spend the entire weekend watching FRIENDS episodes back to back. I have watched each episode several times but I still find them as funny as before. I even bought the coffee table book on FRIENDS which had several behind the scenes stories.
SMALL WONDER
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Small Wonder: Do you remember that adorable robot Vicki? The dubbed version of Small Wonder used to be my daily staple at 4.30 pm (later around 7 pm or so). The story of this small American family with a nosy neighbour’s daughter Harriet, was fun to watch. We would often lament ‘if we could also read the books like Vicki does’.
FARMAAN
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Farmaan: I don’t know why but this old Doordarshan serial keeps popping up in my memory. The story was very Mills and Boonish, starring Kanwaljit Singh, Deepika Deshpande and Raja Bundela. It had a very mushy, romantic appeal to it. I used to love the title song too and remember the lines
har dil ko sunate hain farmaan mohabbat ka,
pyasa hai bohot pyasa insaan mohabbat ka”


SAANS
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Saans: I don’t know how many of you remember this serial. It was directed by Neena Gupta, apart from starring in it. This also had Kanwaljit Singh and Kavita Kapoor. It is the story of a married couple (Neena Gupta-Kanwaljit) and the other woman (Kavita Kapoor). I would wait for this serial every day. My mother was bewildered of my fascination for this serial. I think I was in my 11th or 12th standard at that time.

Flop Show: Jaspal Bhatti was in a league of his own. Who can forget his satirical show of the 90s? It covered issues related to the common man and therefore everyone loved it and could identify with it. 

I used to watch The Jungle Book, Malgudi Days, Campus, and later, Different Strokes, the Nanny, Who’s the Boss too but they were like time pass though entertaining at that time. Ramayan, Mahabharat and Chanakya were also quite good. And will you believe it if I say I have never watched even a single episode of Chandrakanta or Shaktimaan? Do you remember what craze both these shows had?

I vaguely remember watching Udaan.

By the way, if you are someone who was born in 80s and grew up in 90s, you would also remember the haunted music of ‘Kile ka Rahasya’!

Rangoli and Chitrahaar were our only source of entertainment when I was in college hostel. We had only DD.

In last couple of years, I used to enjoy Khichdi and Sarabhai vs Sarabhai.

I wish I could tell you a few shows from Star World or some food channel or some travel and lifestyle channel, it would have really sounded cool. But unfortunately, I have saved myself from the trappings of following Seasons after Seasons of different shows. I have very limited time on hand in a day for myself, which I would rather spend in reading or writing. I resist any other temptation that would keep me away from my real passions.

But, I am convinced those programs were 100 times better than the regressive shows of today which are ruling the tube.

So do you recall any of your favourite shows from old times? 

16 comments:

  1. Except Farmaan I have watched everything.... :)

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    1. Many people don't remember Farmaan. I don't know why! Clearly, it has left a lasting impression on me :-)

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  2. All except Farmaan n flop show me remembers!

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    1. WHHHATTTT! I understand Farmaan because so many people can't recall it, but you need to check out YouTube for Flop Show lady. It was iconic.

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  3. I was reminded of Farmaan while watching Raanjhanaa a few days ago. I thought the woman who plays Sonam's mother was the lady who had played Sita in Ramayana in the 80s, but Google search revealed that it was the heroine of Farmaan. Farmaan is now on Youtube.

    I also liked another serial called "Kashish" which must have played around the same time as Farmaan. It had Malvika Tiwari in it.

    Finally, my all time favourite is Fauji, which is also on Youtube.

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    1. Oh is it? I am yet to see Raanjhana. Since we have a toddler, our thetare visits have stopped. Yes, Ramayan's Sita and Farmaan's heroine were both Deepika but different ones.
      I need to look out for 'Kashish' but I remember Malvika Tiwari.
      Thank god for YouTube, we can always dig out oldies :-)
      Just yesterday I was wondering what was life before Google!

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  4. How come, how come you listed all my favorite shows!!

    DBD i can vaguely remember used to come around 3/3o and small wonder was just too cute to watch. I also loved watching "saans" along with my mom. Somehow it was quite attractive to me. "Udaan" is laso a bit in my memory. Few more which I remember are "Shanti" & "Swabhimaan".

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    1. Because those were wonderful shows and we were born around that time ha ha
      I remember 'Shanti' and 'Swabhimaan' but never watched them :-)

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  5. We have similar tastes!! Mostly!

    Saans, Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai, DBD, Small Wonder were my fav tooo...

    Those were the days when the serials were far & few and every one of them mattered. Now there are so many following same themes that they are redundant! :-\

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    1. Yes that's true. In their quest to make daily shows, the quality has suffered. The story progresses with same speed though :-)

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  6. Except Farmaan and Saans, I have seen all too.

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    1. Why don't people remember Farmaan? It was such a romantic story. Saans was also quite good. Those were different times!

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  7. OMG...I so so love this post..took me back to my childhood days..all these shows are my favourite. Dekh bhai dekh,Small wonder...ah Vicky was so cute :-) Flop show was big hit at my house as we use to watch it with my mom and dad..Both are fan of jaspal bhatti.. I never watch Saans and I don't remember Farman.

    Its so good to remember things from our own childhood while we are busy making our kids childhood memorable :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Rashmi. With this daily challenge, we have to keep our eyes and ears open. Something prompted this idea for a post. Glad you liked it :-)

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  8. Hi, sorry for writing a comment so late. But, I just discovered that Buniyaad, a well known TV serial from the 1980s is playing on DD National at 8.30 pm on weekdays! Check it out if it interests you!

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    1. Hey, comments are welcome all the time. Moreover, this is the time when I am usually online :-) Yes, I know Buniyaad, though I don't remember seeing it at that time. But now, I don't watch TV any more :-)

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