Thursday, September 27

Born in 80s – Part II

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How many of you remember the famous television program Flop Show conceptualised by Jaspal Bhatti on DD. And then we also had Ulta Pulta and musicals like Meri Awaaz Suno on DD1, Superhit Muqabala on DD2 and tvs sa re ga ma pa, antakshri on Zee TV.

Then there was Shriman ShrimatiWaghle ki Duniya on DD and Just Mohabbat, Hum Sab Ek Hain on Sony. Even today i faintly remember the cast and the characters (dilruba, Jai, Sanju) from these serials, how exciting it was to watch these fun-filled, comedy programs in those days.

I don’t know how many of you watched this but there was this program The legend of Condor Heroes aired on sab tv depicting the lives of mighty Chinese/Japanese warriors.

Also, there was Power Rangers, G.I.Joe and Star trek animation series. I still remember those school days when dad would switch ON television and we’ll watch G.I Joe for 15 minutes before our school bus arrive.

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How about Pankaj kapoor’s fatichar, Mohandas BALLB and Gopichand Jasoos? It was like watching the desi Indian version of Sherlock Holmes on Doordarshan. Also there was another detective series named Byomkesh Bakshi and Sam D’Silva’s (Vijay Anand) Tehkikat.

Pankaj kapoor was also the emcee for the show Philips Top 10 along with Satish kaushik.


Then there were these children programs like udan tashtri, stone boy and small wonder.

Horror programs like Zee Horror Show, X-Zone, woh, aahat and achanak 37 saal baad were far better than those Evil Dead, urban legend movies of that era. I always prayed that these programs should never have an end.

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How about all those tv advertisements: Dhaara, doodh doodh doodh piyo glass full, nirma, Cyndi crawford’s pepsi ad, captain cook, benson & hedges paints, Ajanta clocks, dairy milk, humara bajaj, gold spot, lehar pepsi, pan parag, lijjat papad, ece bulb, titan, vicco turmeric, nestle, liril soap, rasana, Kapil’s Palmolive cream, vicks inhaler, brahmi amla oil, taj mahal tea, boost, kayam churan, bajaj bulbs, dabur hajmola and fevicol.

Then we also had those tv videogames like Contra, ninja turtles and Mario we used to play on our ATARI or SAMURAI videogame consoles. I was a big fan of Contra and Super Mario like kids today are of Counter Strike, NFS & GTA.

How beautiful those days were!

P.S : And before i forget : "HAPPY BIRTHDAY GOOGLE"

Thanks for all the happiness you brought in my life.

14 comments:

  1. Do you know a program called 'Wonder Years'? It was telecasted in Star Plus. I would rate that as the best English serial I ever watched. It was just awesome.

    Of course I remember and liked Small wonder, Batman & Robin and other such serials. As I already mentioned, my favorite show in DD was Superhit Muquabla. I vaguely remember the title song of Flop show. Do you remember the title song of a hindi serial called 'Kismat'? It was a beautiful song!

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    1. ahow did i miss writing about the 'wonder years' program .. one of the best english programs ever showed on star plus .. plus we had alley mac'beal if you remember...

      no i do not remember the title track of kismat but will try finding it on youtube...

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  2. ahhhhhh!!! you have covered tons here!!! Gosh I am all nostalgic and want to go back to being a school girl. Life was sooo easy then! Wasn't it? Small wonder was my fav. And there was chinese serial too called ocaen which used to air every saturday. And guess what after reading your old series, I had dowloaded one of the oldies Bhumkesh bakshi! Awesome list!

    If you dont mind, I am going to fwd this to my team :-)

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    1. hey thanks Jenny ... please forward it immediately :P

      hey i have the entire series of Byomkesh Bakshi, Ramayan and many more with me ...

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  3. Rahul, could you please share your email address. Thanks.

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  4. your post made me feel so nostalgic.I loved that flop show and philips top 10 and Rajni too and the soaps like buniayaad, khaandan...why is it that past is always remembered fondly and present is ridiculed by us?

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    1. Rajni, did i miss writing about it? yes i missed it!

      and yes i do remember Buniyaad but not khaandan. was it aired on national tv?

      i am not very sure but i guess past was more of classic and very close to our lives, as if chapters from our life whereas present makes sense only to today's youngsters thus we end up making a mockery of it ..oh, that reminds me of the mockery ekta kapoor once made by remaking mahabharata on zee tv...

      have a nice day!

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  5. A very wonderful compilation here, Rahul. You soaked me up in nostalgia! I remember watching quite a lot of them. My favorites were Srimaan Srimati,All the best, Flop Show and Small Wonder -- all of them were totally hilarious! I used to eagerly wait for them to be aired every day :)

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    1. 'all the best' , how could i not remember this one! i loved it too Arti .. and then there was this daal mein kaala on star plus. given a chance i would love to watch all the serials once again...

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  6. I remember the Jaspal Bhatti as a kid,, it was so much fun and the ubiquitous Liril ads, havent seen them in ages.

    good one Rahul :)

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    1. thank you SJ and hey you won't believe i still have almost the entire series of flop show till date .. i downloaded it long back :-)

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  7. I was a young boy in the 80's and did not have much time for tele then .. although i remeber most of the programs you have mentioned


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    1. we were addicted to tv like a fevicol jod .. dad made the biggest mistake by introducing cable .. that was the time we never looked backed...tv became an integral part of our life !

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