GOOD OLD DAYS ARE BACK ON TV

Do­or­dar­shan has de­cided to air some iconic TV se­ri­als of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Ac­tors of the era are elated with the plan, as are other celeb fans of these shows

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Re­mem­ber the pop­u­lar TV se­ries from the ‘80s and ‘90s, in­clud­ing Cir­cus, Hum Log, Bu­niyaad, Wa­gle Ki Du­niya, and Mal­gudi Days? Recre­at­ing the nos­tal­gia and re­vis­it­ing their archives, na­tional TV chan­nel Do­or­dar­shan plans to bring back these iconic shows. The chan­nel has al­ready started air­ing spe­cial episodes of actor Shah Rukh Khan’s hit TV se­ries Cir­cus (1989).

Ac­tors who were part of that era, are elated with the de­ci­sion. As are other fans of those se­ri­als. Actor Annu Kapoor, who helmed the pop­u­lar ‘90s show, An­tak­shari, is im­pressed that there’s still a mar­ket for these shows. “Since these se­ri­als are from the past era, they are far bet­ter than most of the TV soaps be­ing made to­day. Since view­ers are look­ing for change, I think they’ll ac­cept these se­ri­als,” says Kapoor.

Mandira Bedi, who was the lead actor in In­dia’s first daily soap, Shanti, feels these se­ri­als will be a wel­come break from the saas-bahu se­ri­als that are made to­day. “I’m sure peo­ple would love to see RK Narayan’s life on screen in Mal­gudi Days or find out how Shah Rukh acted in his early days when he did Fauji. So there’s enough mo­ti­va­tion,” says Bedi. Film­maker Anurag Basu hopes that these time­less se­ri­als will el­e­vate the taste of the In­dian au­di­ence and mak­ers of mod­ern-day se­ri­als. “I wish that to­day’s clue­less tele­vi­sion pro­gram­ming takes a cue from the past,” he says.

The chan­nel also in­tends to fix a prime half-hour slot for these clas­sics to en­sure max­i­mum view­er­ship. It also wants to find new spon­sors to sup­port the re­runs. “I re­ally hope Do­or­dar­shan is able to mar­ket these shows well so that peo­ple watch them,” says Bedi.

All these shows are land­marks of In­dian tele­vi­sion and good con­tent will al­ways be rel­e­vant to any gen­er­a­tion RAM KAPOOR, ACTOR I don’t like the con­tent on TV these days. The ‘90s shows were ahead of time and peo­ple would love to watch them even to­day MONA SINGH, ACTOR Let’s not for­get our roots, es­pe­cially the one medium that has played such a cru­cial part in our life URVASHI DHOLAKIA, ACTOR

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