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Top 75+ Old Doordarshan Serials

Updated on October 23, 2017
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Thank you Doordarshan
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Do you remember the old serials which you watched leaving everything? Even the playground.

Those days were special and will always be remembered.

The magic that they had can't be replaced. But surely we can experience it once again. Though not completely as many of these have not been uploaded online or don't have their home video DVDs.

As a child growing up in the 90's serials like Alif Laila, Chandrakanta, Malgudi Days, Byomkesh Bakshi, mythological serials like Mahabharat, Shri Krishna, and comedies like Dekh Bhai Dekh, Tu Tu Main Main, Shrimaan Shrimati are especially close to my heart.

So let's have a recap of the best doordarshan serials of yesteryear.

Nostalgia is order of the day!

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1| Alif Laila (1997 - 2002)

  • Lead : Shahnawaz Pradhan, Seema Kanwal
  • Episodes: 260
  • Directed by: Anand Sagar, Prem Sagar, Moti Sagar
  • The extremely hit series where Shah Nawaz played the lead character excellently.

2| Buniyaad (1986)

Buniyaad serial DVD cover
Buniyaad serial DVD cover
  • Lead : Alok Nath
  • Episodes: 105
  • Directed by: Ramesh Sippy and Jyoti Sarup
  • Buniyaad went on to become a hugely popular serial which showcased the life of a common man after India's partition and its after effects. Starring Alok Nath in the prime role of a freedom fighter. Some other known faces which still can be seen in the movie industry are Dilip Tahil and Soni Razdan.

3| Byomkesh Bakshi (1993)

  • Lead: Rajit Kapur, KK Raina, Sukanya Kumar
  • Episodes: 34
  • Directed by: Basu Chatterjee
  • The crime detection series based on the novel written by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. The show still has a cult following in which Rajit Kapur played the lead role. Well crafted episodes with attention to every minute detail makes this one a treat to watch. Still the plot seems so real and unique having watched just before writing this.

4| Bharat Ek Khoj (1988)

  • Lead: Om Puri, Roshan Seth, Tom Alter, and many others.
  • Episodes: 53
  • Directed by: Shyam Benegal
  • Shyam Benegal's direction brought forward to us the history of India based on the book by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru known as "Discovery of India". The series has altogether 53 episodes showcasing every aspect of Indian history such as the story of Caste Formation, Ramayan, Emperor Ashoka, Kalidas, Akbar - The Great, and many more. The vivid and simplistic approach to showcase India's history was indeed marvelous.

5| Chandrakanta (1994 - 1996)

Shikha Swaroop as the new Chandrakanta which featured on Sahara One
Shikha Swaroop as the new Chandrakanta which featured on Sahara One | Source
  • Lead: Shahbaaz Khan, Shikha Swaroop
  • Episodes: 130
  • Directed by: Nirja Guleri
  • I still remember the title song sung by Sonu Nigam. Of course we were small to know that it has been sung by Sonu Nigam. But the title song was really great which goes like this.....so sing along...."Chandrakanta ki kahani, Yeh Mana Hai Purani, Lohgad Vijaygad Mein Thi Takraar, Lohgad Ka Tha Jo Rajkimar Chandrakanta Se Karta Tha Pyar".

6| Circus (1989)

  • Lead: SRK, Renuka Shahane, Sameer Khakhar
  • Episodes: 19
  • Directed by: Aziz Mirza & Kundan Shah
  • Enter Shahrukh Khan. Shahrukh played the lead role of Raghavan, a Malayalee circus artist. Other actors who went on to make a name for themselves after this are Renuka Sahane (love-interest of Shahrukh), and Ashutosh Gowarikar (?).

Watch This Episode Here of Circus

7| Chanakya - An Epic Saga (1991 - 1992)

  • Lead: Chandraprakash Dwivedi
  • Episodes: 47
  • Directed by: Chandraprakash Dwivedi
  • Series based on the eminent thinker, teacher, philosopher of the 4th century. Apart from that Chanakya was one of the earliest political thinker and served as the chief advisor of emperor Chandragupta Maurya. This epic serial has had the honour of getting many international awards. A total of 47 episodes which was originally aired in 1991 on a weekly basis.

8| Dekh Bhai Dekh (1993 - 1994)

  • Lead: Shekhar Suman, Farida Jalal, Navin Nischol and many others
  • Episodes: 66
  • Directed by: Anand Mahendroo
  • Is Rang Badalti Duniya Mein...Kya Tera Hai Kya Mera...Dekh Bhai Dekh. The complete family drama-comedy show which will definitely bring a gushing smile on your face - and that's guaranteed. Diwan family was indeed deewani. I remember the character of Shekhar Suman where he used to recite his dialogue non-stop, the character of Gareema played by Deven Bhojani, and will you ever forget the short man Lilliput? And do you remember the credits at the start showing Jaya Bachchan's name zooming in the front?

Dekh Bhai Dekh - Episode 1

9| DuckTales

DVD/VCD cover of DuckTales
DVD/VCD cover of DuckTales
  • Lead: To me Uncle Scrooge is the hero.
  • Episodes: 100
  • Directed by: Jymn Magon
  • It feels so amazing to watch this again. If I remember properly it was shown at the evening between 6.30 to 7.00. Running from school just to watch Uncle Scrooge in his quest for accumulating more wealth was amazing. The adventures of Uncle Scrooge, his amazingly intelligent nephews: Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and Launchpad is being remembered with great admiration and fondness.

10| Flop Show (1991)

  • Lead: Jaspal Bhatti, Vivek Shouk
  • Episodes: 10
  • Directed by: Jaspal Bhatti
  • The only 'misdirected' show in the history of India. The series only had 10 episodes which seamlessly made fun around the life of the middle class Indian. Jaspal Bhatti's most remembered show.

11| Fauji

Fauji title screenshot
Fauji title screenshot
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Shahrukh Khan shot to fame after this serial happened. Still being remembered by many people for the role of Abhimanyu Rai. Great emotions, acting, writing, and direction.

12| Hum Log

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The first Indian TV soap opera. At the time of serial it became a huge hit and also went on to run for a long time. A total of 156 episodes were shown which was pretty historic even by international standards at that time.

13| Karamchand

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The extremely famous series couldn't entertain the audience much when it came up with a sequence in 2007 which aired on Sony. Of course, original is original.

14| Mr. Yogi

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The show which had a NRI American trying to search a well-cultured bride in India. He goes on to see 12 girls of each belonging to a rashi. Funny and thought provoking. This was narrated by Om Puri in his unique style.

15| Mahabharat

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Song at the start is just awesome - sung by Mahendra Kapoor.

The grandeur, though, might not excite when it is compared to today's special effects but the serial got the whole nation hooked.

Mahabharat Title Song

16| Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne

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Raghubir Yadav, a common man who gets to hear bad from every other person. But Mungerilal has a viable way to get around this - by daydreaming.

17| Mowgli - The Jungle Book

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As I was writing this my mom reminds me "You used to be mad about Mowgli".

And tell me who hasn't recited the famous lines: "Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai Pata Chala Hai.....Chaddi Pahenge Phool Khila Hai Phool Khila Hai".

The title song is composed by Vishal Bharadwaj lyrics by Gulzar and the singer is Amol Sahdev (Photo Link)

18| Malgudi Days

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Do you remember Swami and Friends?

My views on Malgudi days is that it is the greatest T.V series ever in the history of India.

Goosebumps on watching this.

A truly great story and is a must for every human being.

— TheGuardian.com on Malgudi Days

Malgudi Days - Episode 1 - Swamy And Friends

19| Nukkad

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The mere mention of the name Nukkad brings forward the names such as Guru (Dilip Dhawan), Kadar Bhai (Avtaar Gill), and Khopdi (Sameer Khakkar).

20| Potli Baba Ki Kahani

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Fairy tales which had a relevant social message. Gulzar penned this series and is now also available as a book which will be fun to read for kids

21| Padosan

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A serial which is etched in my mind because of Jatin Kanakia's unusual conversation with home furniture. Just a look of Jatin Kanakia fills my stomach with laughter.

22| Ramayan

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Bow your head down to take blessings of Lord Ram.

23| Raja Aur Rancho

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This was also fun to watch. The good news is that some episodes have been uploaded by Ultra Hindi on Youtube. Below is the link.

24| Space City Sigma

Heeri played by Savita Bhatia in Space City Sigma
Heeri played by Savita Bhatia in Space City Sigma | Source
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India's first ever sci-fi series.

25| Shri Krishna

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Hugely popular mythological serial on Lord Krishna.

26| Shrimaan Shrimati

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My favorite comedy show of all time.

I have watched all the episodes and I recommend you should as well in your dinner time.

Jatin Kanakia was a gem.....R.I.P.

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Episode 99 : Prema Has a Fall

27| Shaktimaan

Mukesh Khanna will always be remembered for his iconic role of Shaktimaan
Mukesh Khanna will always be remembered for his iconic role of Shaktimaan
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While Shaktimaan started when other T.V channels had forayed in the Indian Market. You might not like but I didn't had much fun watching it, might be because I had grown-up by the time this happened.

28| Surabhi

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The hugely popular cultural show. Has the prized distinction of being the longest running cultural show as well featured its name in Limca Book of Records for getting more than 10 lakh letters in a single week.

29| Shanti - Ek Aurat Ki Kahani (Mandira Bedi : Then and Now)

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Mandira Bedi as Shanti Shanti is considered as the first daily soap of India televisionEnjoying with her sonShe recently debut as a fashion designer at Lakme Fashion Week 2014 with her Saree collectionAfter Shanti she became a regular feature of TV with shows such as Aurat, Dushman, and more recently on 24 as Nikita RaiFor more pictures from her personal collection visit http://instagram.com/mandirabedi/Mandira became the center of attraction when she hosted 2003 ICC cricket world cup and India getting to the finals.She is married to producer director Raj KaushalYou can follow Mandy on Twitter via https://twitter.com/mandybedi her verified accountWalking the ramp like a champ
Mandira Bedi as Shanti
Mandira Bedi as Shanti
Shanti is considered as the first daily soap of India television
Shanti is considered as the first daily soap of India television
Enjoying with her son
Enjoying with her son
She recently debut as a fashion designer at Lakme Fashion Week 2014 with her Saree collection
She recently debut as a fashion designer at Lakme Fashion Week 2014 with her Saree collection
After Shanti she became a regular feature of TV with shows such as Aurat, Dushman, and more recently on 24 as Nikita Rai
After Shanti she became a regular feature of TV with shows such as Aurat, Dushman, and more recently on 24 as Nikita Rai
For more pictures from her personal collection visit http://instagram.com/mandirabedi/
For more pictures from her personal collection visit http://instagram.com/mandirabedi/
Mandira became the center of attraction when she hosted 2003 ICC cricket world cup and India getting to the finals.
Mandira became the center of attraction when she hosted 2003 ICC cricket world cup and India getting to the finals.
She is married to producer director Raj Kaushal
She is married to producer director Raj Kaushal
You can follow Mandy on Twitter via https://twitter.com/mandybedi her verified account
You can follow Mandy on Twitter via https://twitter.com/mandybedi her verified account
Walking the ramp like a champ
Walking the ramp like a champ
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Mandira Bedi made her debut in the industry with this dark reality based serial. She plays the character of Shanti the lead actor of an aspiring journalist.

And boy see the stark differences of her looks now. She definitely looks much bolder and I must say she carries it well and suits her.

30| Tu Tu Main Main

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Pun on Saas-Bahu relationship. Reema Lagoo and Supriya Pilgaonkar have some great fun irritating each other.

Where is all the love lost between the Saas-Bahu (I'm talking about the recent shows).

31| Tenali Rama

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Again, a made for kids show which also become quite a hit when it aired.

32| Udaan

DVD back cover of Udaan
DVD back cover of Udaan
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The story of a woman who beats all odds and hardships to become an IPS officer. So insightful, apt, and still relevant today.

33| Vikram Beetal

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Brought to life stories that were written nearly 2500 years ago. The story of King Vikramaditya and Vetal. Each story was narrated by Beetal to the king which ended with a question that the king answered correctly.

34| Wagle Ki Duniya

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Anjan Shrivastav's most remembered series of all time. An adaptation of R.K Laxman's famous cartoon series Common Man.

35| Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi

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Late Shafi Inamdar, Swaroop Sampat, Satish Shah alongwith Rakesh Bedi in this awesome comedy. A complete family entertainer.

36| Zabaan Sambhalke

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The story of Mohan Bharti who is booted from his job as an engineer and to make ends meet teaches how to speak Hindi. However, he constantly gets frustrated by the lack of his students who don't even follow simple Hindi lessons.

37| Zu Mountain Saga - (Surprise) aired on Home TV

Screenshot of Rocky with Yinglam from Zu Mountain Saga
Screenshot of Rocky with Yinglam from Zu Mountain Saga
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This was one of my personal favorites while growing up. I'm sure you too are a fan of Rocky, Yinglam and do remember Aadamkhor, Kala Jadudar, Shaitaini Haath etc. Unfortunately, the CD/DVD is not released. I bet if it is released it would be bought hands-down.

Is this inclusion justified?

Some Other Famous Ones : Names and Lead Actors

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Name
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Air Hostess - Kitu Gidwani
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Chamatkari Telephone
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Phir Wahi Talash - Poonam Sarin
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Chitrahaar
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Captain Vyom - Milind Soman, Tom Alter
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Chunauti - Suchitra Krishnamurthy
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Gayab Aaya
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Haddi Raja
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Indradhanush
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Jai Hanuman - Raj Premi
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Kahan Gaye Woh Log - Dheeraj Kumar
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Katha Sagar - Sharmila Tagore, Shammi Kapoor, Om Puri, Utpal Dutt
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Krishi Darshan
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Luv Kush - Arun Govil, Swapnil Joshi
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Mirza Ghalib - Naseerudin Shah
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Farmaan - Kawaljit Singh
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Neem Ka Ped - Pankaj Kapoor
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Rajani - Priya Tendulkar
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Subah - Salim Ghouse
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Superhit Muqabla
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Swabhimaan - Kitu Gidwani
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Talaash - Alok Nath, Moushumi Chatterjee
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Tamas - Om Puri, Amrish Puri
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Tehkikaat - Vijay Anand
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The Stone Boy
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The Sword of Tipu Sultan - Sanjay Khan
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Phatichar - Pankaj Kapur
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Giant Robot
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Alice in wonderland
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Kacchi Dhoop - Bhagyashree
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Meena carton
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Chip n Dale : Rescue Rangers
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He-man and the Masters of Universe
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Daane Anar Ke
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Idhar Udhar - Ravi Baswani, Rachana Pathak, Supriya Pathak
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Bible Ki Kahaniya
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Aur Bhi Gum Hai Zamaane Mein
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The Great Maratha
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Kashish - Sudesh Berry, Malvika Tiwari
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Om Namah Shivay
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Sea hawks
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Darpan
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Yeh Duniya Hai Gazab Ki
81
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      DK Tiwari 4 months ago

      Any info about serial Srikant

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      Kannan Reddy 7 months ago from Mumbai

      @sulekha I too vaguely remember it. Thanks for commenting

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      sulekha 7 months ago

      i remember a comedy short film of 80s on Akbar where he used to smell a rose. cant remember the name. he used to say 'khushamaddid'.

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      Varun 13 months ago

      I vaguely remember two programs , one is a talk show at early morning around 7 am. The name might resemble "good morning india" , please tell me , if its the correct name.

      Also another serial afternoon, which had a title song of Jagjit Singh. Its not 'Neem Ka Ped'. Its another serial.

      Could somebody help me find its names, please.

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      Mona 20 months ago

      Good job.. is dvd for Trishna serial available or any link for the same.

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      Kannan Reddy 22 months ago from Mumbai

      @Deepankar Thanks for the help. Appreciated!!!

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      deepankar 22 months ago

      ptlrav... its Phir wahi talaash

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      Kannan Reddy 23 months ago from Mumbai

      @ptlrav Can't remember. If any reader can help then it would be great!!!

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      Rav 23 months ago

      Do you know the serial name which used to come on sunday (i guess 12.30 pm),. it was drama serial, regarding 2 Muslims girls go to college, one poor guy from village also come to city for study, and somehow he lives in one girl's house as a pain guest. And i guess one of girl's father is Lawyer. I will appreciate if you let me know the name of that serial.

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      sbasu 2 years ago

      There was another good serial, of course based on a classic novel, Mujrim Hazir. However neither the links are available anywhere, nor the DVD (which obviously preferred). Doesn't DoorDarshan market these, these could be good source of income for them !