Indian TV Series are much more than the saas bahu soap operas. In country that has been gripped by Bollywood, TV Series provide Indian viewers the much needed daily dosage of entertainment.
Have a look at the Top 10 TV series that took Indian television by a storm.
It was a soap opera aired on the Zee Entertainment television in the mid 1990s. It was a tale of love, extra marital relationships and complexities. It was one of those serials noted for mature acting by the cast and superb handling by the makers. Children were prevented from watching it but the parents couldn’t help marvel at the intense adult drama. It is based on the Marathi novel “Adhantari” by Late Shri Jaywant Dalvi.
India’s longest running TV Series with Shivaji Satam playing ACP Pradhyuman in its lead has been running for more than 16 years. crime thriller which first aired in January 1998, CID has been going on for over 14 years. ACP Pradyuman, Daya and Abhijeet have become household names and a favourite among the children. It is a record in itself how the Indian TV series has sustained for so long and still going strong.
3. Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki
Ekta Kapoor’s mega giant Kahani Ghar Ghar ki was India’s once upon a time routine 10 pm job. Parvathi played by Sakshi Tanwar was an ideal wife, mother & a family head honcho who was tested regularly by situations and complexities that arose in the family. The characters were extremely well written.
4. Shanti – Ek Aurat Ki Kahani
First aired on Doordarshan National in the year 1994, Shanti was a drama series that captured the imaginatio n of Indian audiences. It is a classic and to this day is referred as one of the best. The story of two friends and their past which is deeply hidden and guarded until a journalist Shanti arrives and things go awry for them. Indian families never missed it and back then it would top the TRP Charts. More importantly it made Mandira Bedi a household name.
5. Dekh Bhai Dekh
Dekh Bhai Dekh was a Hindi sitcom produced by Jaya Bachchan under the banner Saraswati Audio Visuals Pvt. Ltd and directed by Anand Mahendru. It starred actors like Sushma Seth, Navin Nischol, Farida Jalal and Shekhar Suman along with an ensemble cast. The story of three generations of a family living in Mumbai, it was very much appreciated for its comic timing. It was a situational comedy and was aired on Doordarshan since 6th May 1993.
6. Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
Today many may detest even watching serials such as this but in 2000 when the Virani family entered the Indian households it created an instant revolution. It was also watched with keen interest in the UAE, Pakistan & Afghanistan. It was the onset of Saas-Bahu sagas and with it began the success of Ekta Kapoor in the Television Industry. It was a favourite of the family and would be watched by one and all. Ekta Kapoor, Tulsi (Smriti Irani) and the K-brigade stared off with this and hence surely worth a mention in this list.
7. Kaun Banega Crorepati
The onset of the 2000 millenium witnessed the mega Indian TV series – more of a reality show – which captured the fancy of millions across the nation. It was hosted by none other than the Bollywood Megastar, the charismatic Amitabh Bachchan. With half the battle won by the unparalleled host, the rest was taken care by the format which provided the opportunity for ordinary men and women to fulfil their dreams. It was so successful that it influenced the book ‘Q&A’ by Indian author Vikas Swarup and eventually the Academy Award winning movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.
8. Hum Log
The first soap opera to have graced the Indian Television, Hum Log, is truly a landmark when it comes to some of the best Indian TV series of all time. On 7th July 1984, it first began telecast on Doordarshan which was the only channel available during those days. It ran for 156 episodes and at the time it ended it was the longest running television show to have graced the Indian Television Industry. Ashok Kumar a veteran actor on Bollywood would appear at the end of every episode of Hum Log and end it by reciting Hindi couplets complementing the ongoing situation.
Mahabharata was an immensely popular Indian TV series which aired from October 1988 upto June 1990. It was based on the Hindu epic of the same name and was produced by BR Chopra and directed by Ravi Chopra. A special feature of the show was where as voice of time narrated the series at either the end or the beginning of every episode. It was broadcasted after Ramayan and enjoyed if not more but equal status in terms of capturing the attention of the Indian audiences. Till date multiple efforts have been made to replicate the original TV series of 1990s with modern VFX. But a comparision with the original is unavoidable.
It could well be given the title of the most successful epic TV series of all time in the country. It had a phenomenal reach with people all across the country gathering near television sets to watch the classic saga of Ramayan. It was created, written and directed by Ramanand Sagar and aired from January 1987 upto July 1988. Being an adaptation of ancient Indian epic Valmiki Ramayan and Tulsidas’s Ramcharitmanas, it wasn’t surprising to see how the show caught the fancy of the masses in spite of its poor production quality.
Only 90’s kids will understand the importance of these TV series and will travel down the nostalgia lane. Have you seen all of these? mention your views in the comment section below. Till then, stay glued to our page. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more such posts and you can also download our app to stay updated: Tell Me Nothing