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Titled "A Tribute to CLASSIC Doordarshan Entertainment". Recall, Refresh and Cherish sweet childhood memories.
A blog all about recalling the "Good times" we grew up watching as a child in 70s thru early 90s on Doordarshan national channel. This blog calls to have Fun refreshing and cherishing some unforgettable and memorable television momments on DD. I'm just glad to express my personal views and opinions along with our Blogger fans who send us amazing Fan mails about few Shows and Sitcoms aired on retro Doordarshan. Isn't it a great feeling to find those great stories we had once watched when we were just kids? Don't you feel those retro shows still connect to us in the present time someway or the other? well, I assume we do and why not! there has been some kind of good influence on our minds after all we have had a great association with the past shows that aired till the mid 90's :) So Let's keep cherishing those lovely memories right here in this Blog.

Here's a Wonderful chance to "RE-LIVE" those Heartwarming Moments.

So ENJOY the Info and Clips of few Retro Hindi and English sitcoms aired in "GOLDEN YEARS" of Television on DOORDARSHAN National Channel!

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National programme was introduced in 1982. In the same year, colour TV was introduced in the Indian market with the live telecast of the Independence Day speech by then prime minister Indira Gandhi on 15 August 1982, followed by the 1982 Asian Games being held in Delhi. The 80s was the era of Doordarshan with soaps like Hum Log (1984), Buniyaad (1986-87), comedy shows like Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (1984) and mythological dramas like Ramayan (1987-88) and Mahabharat (1988-89) glued millions to Doordarshan. Other popular programs included Hindi film songs based programs like Chitrahaar and Rangoli and crime thrillers like Karamchand (starring Pankaj Kapoor), Byomkesh Bakshi (starring Rajit kapur) and Janki Jasoos. Source: WIKI

If you would like to read more about early days of DD, you can do so by going over Here.


Do you miss the Good old Years? Hmm...do you wonder where did those days go, vanished before you could know it. Well I do. Therefore, I thought how about collecting some memories and consolidating them in one website. Isn't it interesting? Actually these shows were "something" they were simple and one could really associate their life with it cause when we watched those shows, we felt like it was like a reflection of life. So why not watch those trapped moments from the Past you may realize Simple things are so beautiful.

Here's a link of some intro clips of old Sitcoms aired on Doordarshan.

You can watch some of your Fav Old Doordarshan Serials Online here like PAYING GUEST, FLOP SHOW, MALGUDI DAYS, KACHCHI DHOOP, BYOMKESH BAKSHI and many more just by scrolling down this page. Click and enjoy!

Folks, I would like to dedicate this blog to all those people, who have cherished their childhood memories and who've educated themselves with some really good shows that aired in 70s to early 90s on doordarshan national Channel.

A Retro clip: Ek Anek aur Ekta by Films Division 1974

This Video is all about giving a positive and powerful message to the whole nation i.e.,"United we Stand, Divided we Fall". How we can create wonders by forgetting about the cast, creed and color of a man. They should still play it. I simply used to enjoy this video when I was small, still do its very inspirational too.

Alright people!! how about refreshing those days right here :) discuss n comment about your favourite shows and artists. Know more about the lost memories, just to feel good and be proud about your sweet Childhood days.

Can you name some of the old DD TV Actors?

I can think right now of some popular names like Neena Gupta, Sriram lagoo, Mohan bhandari, Alok nath mmmm how about you?

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Doordarshan Celebrates its 50th Anniversary!

Great memories you'll find in this video and I am happy to share a part of it with you all. Interested Viewers can follow the link within the video to watch all the parts.

So here we are talking about the Retro programs on DD and their awesome journey :) it all started when Doordarshan was introduced all over India after Television services were separated from A.I.R(All India Radio) on April 1, 1976 with the live telecast of the Independence Day speech by then prime minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi on 15 August 1982. These were the times when Indian Television evolution was just beginning like News Coverage's around the world and as we see in this video they talk about how they broke more barriers in developing the Network.

Memories refreshed about Entertainment Programs that started becoming more and more popular like Feature Films, Chitrahaar, Sitcoms like Hum-log earning them good TRP and there was this one particular program which is considered to have broken lot of records and ratings, it was the greatest hits of that time "Phool kile hain gulshan gulshan" for which the host Ms Tabassum, expresses her experiences doing the show which are sweet as herself. Many such faces, shows and programs make you feel nostalgic when you watch it after all these years. Doordarshan here also recalls about the experiences of the early Reporters and New readers national and International like Ms Salma if you remember, the beautiful News reader from the 80s who shared her First day experience of News reading in the Studio which was a bittersweet experience as this network was just in a initial stage.

There came many events as the Evolution of Indian Television was just beginning like there was telecast of Asian Games, National programs and that when color was introduced on the Independence day of 1982. I assume the Biggest and greatest unforgettable event was the Victory of ICC World cup Championship 1984, in the same year the Indian viewers enjoyed and were so proud to watch the telecast of the First Indian cosmonaut "Rakesh Sharma" with team who spent eight days journeying around the Earth's orbit in a space station called Salyut 7.

It might have been great experience for Doordarshan to have reached these many years with Telecast of Good shows and educate us with informative films, Documentaries, Movies, sitcom/TV series, Events and various programs National and International and its still goin' on Good.

Congratulations on 50! We wish you all the luck for years to come.

Here's a Video of some Sweet memories of Retro DD.

Pyar Ki Ganga Bahe video

Enjoy this most awaited clip aired on DD somewhere in the early 90s featuring all the Hit Bollywood stars of that time. A beautiful song on HARMONY and Peace :)


Spread the Light of Freedom

Good Times Old Doordarshan:)

Doordarshan Signature Montage.

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Seconds glimpse of Soap drama back in the Days!!

Awaited Classic DD Sitcom Clips of all time!!!

A Big Hello to all the Fabulous Classic DD Fans!
I hope you're havin' a Good time here reading and watching this Blog, Thank you for Visiting Friends. I bet  you'll feel much better after lookin at this post and may like it too, as I present to you Clip Memories from the past of your all-time favorite shows from 1980s right from YouTube and they are about:  Wagle ki Duniya, Yeh jo hai Zindagi, Buniyaad, Hum log, Mungerilal ke haseen Sapne, Yeh Duniya Gazab ki and Circus. Some of the Clips are very short but I m glad I was able to find something to tickle the sweet memories from the past. Folks, if you have any links to full episodes of Old Hindi Sitcoms please do share it with us or e-mail it to me at oldidiotbox@live.com and I appreciate all your mails and I love working on your feedback as well.

The Old Doordarshan Days:-
We have talked about the old television era a Million # of times and still can't stop thinking about those lovely moments, am I right? So guess what dear viewers, couple of months ago out of curiosity I happen to talk to my old folks who owned the Television sets from mid 70s and I asked them, How was it exactly in those earlier times with Doordarshan Monopoly network Programs in regards to the show Popularity or ratings and what do they best remember?  So this what I got to know which was kinda weird and that is, when the shows were being played in the Original time of airing like Ramayan or Mahabharat most of the streets in India were clear (empty) hard to believe, isn't it? I felt quite strange n bit funny but that's the way it was. Also felt that the 70s n 80s viewers were a bit crazy! gave a big deal about their favorite programs and now I think to myself, WHY NOT! (that's what we are doin' here today in this blog, talkin' about our fav shows) so it all makes sense as our Favorite shows appeal to us in a unique way.
If you ask me what appealed to me? I would say, the older Gen Directors, play writers, Story writers who had such good sense about presenting the real life experiences, showing people to understand about True family values and I don't know how to put it more clearly, I think a lot of soulful thinking went into the making of these kind of Programs or sitcoms which still helps us today about gettin' through hardships or any kind of struggles.

Today we have like zillion no of Shows/Programs but the streets are not empty unless I guess, if its about the ICC Cricket World cup, speaking of which, makes us feel so awesome and proud about our country, an amazing feeling after all we were declared as the 2011,World champs :) but yeah coming back to the topic, whatever kind of days 70s thru 90s were: we just love to talk about 'em here in this Blog...Howzz that!!
Down Memory lane I found these Clips, so Enjoy people!! Some of the videos aren't clear i m sorry,
a little sound defects but please try 'n' remember these faces who entertained us in every possible
way there can be, some of these shows inspired me so well, that I personally cherish and can never

Some info from the web about old DD Sitcoms:

Who can forget this show it was so entertaining about a Middle class family and how simple Mr.Wagle and his Wife lived and soon then became household names then. I got to know lot of stuff which we didn't know kike about financial situations, Family issues, about relationships, love and caring for family. We got an idea and learn't to tackle some problems we had to experience when some likely situations occurred. That's what it was all about. Great sitcoms actors and great performance by Bharati Achrekar and Anjan Srivastav who had become household names in the 80s television era and  really don't know who the kids were but all I remember is that we used to eagerly wait for this show to come up and just forget the other world and got lost into Wagle World : )
This show was written by none other than R K. Laxman the great writer and cartoonist whose Big fan I am and will be forever : )
Watch a clip here

Blur memories cant remember much about this show but I guess it was about certain well to do business families and at the same time not so well to do families. The struggles of women, finding true identity. Also I guess it was about finding true values of a person in the family, about Relationships.

Here's more info about it from the web:

Buniyaad is an Indian television drama-series that was directed by Ramesh Sippy and Jyoti Sarup. The series was written by Manohar Shyam Joshi and dealt with the Partition of India in 1947 and its aftermath.
Source: WIKI
Listen to the title track and watch a clip from YouTube here

HUM LOG 1984
This was little similar to Buniyaad I think and I remember in the end Mr Ashok Kumar Sr.Actor from the Film industry use to give a summary as to what happened, why it happened and what should've or could've been done to avoid a bad situation or better a situation. Now when I recall those times this is kinda funny, I remember getting bored at times cause I was a kid and rarely found these soap operas interesting. These were all grown-up shows, we used to sneak and watch and try to understand what really was going on and the way my folks watched keenly and bit seriously, I used to simply wish "Why can't I understand what was goin' on" :) So these kinda memories is still so alive in us.

Here's some info from the web:

Hum Log (We) was Indian television's first soap opera. It began telecast on Doordarshan, India's national network on July 7, 1984, then the only television channel of India, and it quickly became immensely popular. Indian audiences loved the show and the characters became legendary and a common topic of discussion. Hum Log is the story of an Indian middle class family of the 1980s and their daily struggles and aspirations.
Source: WIKI
Watch a Clip here

Circus aired in 1989 launching the King of Bollywood Sharukh khan then as a young artist, his television career took off and was going smoothly after "Fauji" n at the same time he got some breaks and starred in other shows after that like "Umeed" and guest starred in "Wagle ki Duniya". Mr Khan was budding then and today he rules the bollywood industry after gettin' into main stream show business worked out pretty nice for him and his efforts paid off.

About this show, it was directed by Aziz Mirza starring Haidar Ali, Ashutosh Gowariker and Renuka Shahane with Sharukh Khan. Circus as far as i recall it was all about life in the Circus world about the performances by the people who participated and made their living out of it by endangering their lives with fatal stunts and training the wild animals.
Watch this clip you may recall something.

A Clip from UMEED old serial starring young Sharukh Khan

Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne was a popular Hindi TV comedy serial directed by Prakash Jha that revolved around the life of Mungerilal, played by Raghubir Yadav. The serial was written by Manohar Shyam Joshi
Source: Mungerilal ke Haseen Sapne www.shoppingonlineindia.com
Watch a Clip here

Sweet young couple who live in the city and juggling with their work life and personal live in a fun way and try to keep their relationship lively no matter what.
Dont you just love the title song, Enjoy it here!

More info from the web:

Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (literal meaning: 'This Life As It Is') was a popular comedy sitcom on Indian television, aired for the first time in 1984. It was written by comedy writer Sharad Joshi and directed by S. S. Oberoi and Raman Kumar.
It was one of the first sitcoms and one of the biggest hit shows on Indian television after the state owned television, Doordarshan, started sponsoring its programs.
Source: WIKI
Watch an Episode.


This was a puppet show I think and the stories were being narrated so beautifully I used really enjoy watching this in the late 80s or may be in the early 90s. I found the title track on youtube and here it is:


The series came out in late 80s I believe with almost same team of Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi of 1984 and it was a Comedy series. The show stars Rakesh Bedi, Rajesh Puri, Swaroop Sampat, Neha Sharad and Tiku Talsania.
Episode Clip brought to us by Cine Curry

Watch all the Episodes Here of YEH DUNIYA GAZAB KI

Doordarshan had variety of Shows in limited time of airing and it gave us the World of happiness with lot to imagine and wonder not only about Indian culture but across the world. 
Keep pouring in your requests.
Thanks once again to you all for the sweet mails and please keep writing to me :) my Apologies, if I don't find the videos of your requests. I will keep trying.

More to discuss?? Bring it on, lets Digg in! :)


  1. Please include clips from serials "Kuch Khoya Kuch Paya", Apni Apni Manzil", "Udan"

  2. Wow what an Amazing Blog! Refreshing old memories. Thank you for your work and taking us completely into our past Childhood lives. Sir/Mam you have remembered so many shows and you really helped me bring back so many memories from my own childhood :)I recalled my favorite shows from this blog after reading your posts like Nukkad/buniyaad/yeh jo zindagi/vikram betaal. I just want to say that God Bless you this is really a very nice piece of work. As a child I enjoyed watching "Jamie and the Magic Torch" and those days I wanted to have Dog of my own very badly ha haa! Today we are all grown up but when I visit this blog I am a child again. Thank you. All the Best.

  3. SamyuktaMay 06, 2011

    Hello to the creator!

    Wow such a nice blog... Nukkad i remember so well and even Wagle ki duniya in school days ha ha :-) I was trying to look for Stoneboy, kashish and Palash ke phool of Asha parekh's serial. Please try to put something about them. I like your blog its like watching old Doordarshan again, so sweet. All the Best and Thanks for the blog.

  4. I Like most Serial "Palash ke phoo".

  5. Hi, Do you have the clip for the title song of "Palash ke Phool". Would be highly appreciated.


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Watch the Pilot Episode, right here ;) its called "THE FIRST LESSON".

This may have not been aired on DD national channel in the 70s or 80s but I must tell ya, its pretty entertaining. I am sure you guys would love it the plot is based on the Foreign students who join the Adult School in UK England i believe, to learn "English as a Foreign Language" this is the course they are "Unrolled for" as one of the student puts it to the school's pompous and tight-fisted Principal, Ms Courtney, when the student is looking to find the Classroom (what he means is Enrolled for) Mr Brown who's the English teacher learns himself the trouble and humor in different cultures from the students as he is teaching them. I love this sitcom enjoyed watchin' very episode n its really hilarious to listen to the students when they innocently mis-interpret things or mis-pronounce words while they are learning. Watch n Enjoy:)">


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