World Television Day: 15 shows that prove Indian television in the 90s were way more progressive

World Television Day is a global observance started in recognition of the increasing impact of television and its role in shaping people’s views on major issues including economic and social. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed November 12 as World Television Day. As we celebrate World Television Day, here’s a look at Indian television shows (No! we are not talking about those saas-bahu melodramas or scripted reality shows), in fact, the shows that are unforgettable even after two decades. And this gives us the nostalgia feeling, we are the generation that grew up watching sensible television shows such as Malgudi Days, Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, Fauji, Hip Hip Hurray, Hum Paanch, and the list goes on and on.

Here’s a list of 15 shows that prove Indian television shows were not always that bad.

Captain Vyom
How can we miss the sci-fi series that featured five hotties from the 90s? The show featured Milind Soman, Nethra Raghuraman, Dino Morea, Madhu Sapre and Rahul Bose. Mr Soman essayed the role of the captain of the team that zeroed criminals who escaped from the space prison.

Hip Hip Hurray
This was a show about a group of teenagers and their adventures, fears, hopes, relationships, and interactions. The show had two seasons, the first one focused on life as students while the second one on students’ lives on campus.

Hum Paanch
Hum Paanch is one of the all-time favourites of Indian television audience. The show portrays the story of a middle-class man Anand Mathur who always lands in trouble because of his five daughters – Meenakshi, Radhika, Sweety, Kajal, and Chhoti. The first three daughters are from Anand’s first wife and the last two are from his second wife Bina.

Admit it! Shaktimaan was and will always remain our favourite superhero of all time. The show featured Mukesh Khanna in the role of Shaktimaan and his alter ego ‘Pandit Gangadhar Vidhyadhar Mayadhar Omkarnath Shastri’ a photographer with a newspaper. The show also made a comeback but it didn’t match the magic to the original one.

Just Mohabbat
The show revolved around the life of a young boy who befriends a ghost to overcome his problems. The later episodes also featured the protagonist grow up to be an adolescent who experiences his first crush, first love, first relationship, and first heartbreak.

Family No. 1
The show was about two families – single parents and their kids – sharing the same bungalow. The show also featured hilarious situation between the two families and the inherent competition between them to be felicitated as the ‘Family No 1’.

Alif Laila
Based on ‘Arabian Nights’, ‘Alif Laila’ was basically a fantastic story-telling show.

The crime drama series featured Vijay Anand as Sam D’Silva and Saurabh Shukla as Gopichand and was one the best detective shows India ever had.

Dekh Bhai Dekh
Dekh Bhai Dekh was one of the most popular comedy shows on Indian television and featured some of the amazing actors including Navin Nischol, Shekhar Suman and Farida Jalal. The story revolves around the life of three generations of a family who live in an ancestral bungalow in Mumbai. The show beautifully portrays how the family sails through relationship troubles, business issues, and irksome relatives.

This was the first ever Indian show on a contemporary urban woman. The show revolved around the life of the main character ‘Tara’. It was the first ever drama series that ran for over five years. The show also focused on the lives of Tara’s three other friends – Kanchan, Arzoo and Sheena.

Office Office
The show featured Pankaj Kapur in lead role. The show highlighted how the work pattern government officials followed and how Mussaddilal has to deal with the officials.

Movers And Shakers
The talk show was hosted by Shekhar Suman and the show format comprised of interviews, comedy routines, and performances with celebrity guests. The show covered topics from music to politics with a dash of humour.

Flop Show
Flop Show was directed and produced by Jaspal Bhatti who himself played the lead character. The show was a satire on the socio-cultural problems faced by the common man.

Vikram Aur Betaal
The show featured stories from Indian mythology and essayed a collection of stories about legendary King Vikram and the Ghost Betaal.

Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne
The show was all about Mungerilal who would daydream about his ‘adventures’. Mungerilal is a small-time clerk daydream about taking revenge on his boss, dating his beautiful colleague and many other things. His dreams are always ruined as his wife always wakes him up.

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