When life was chill...
There was a time when we didn’t have the luxury to binge watch television shows. The half-hour slot is all that we could manage between school and homework. Hence, these television shows will always make us nostalgic and longing for more. After Shararat star Shruti Seth hinted on Instragram about a second season of the show we can’t help but indulge in wishful thinking. Let’s hope some of our favourite television shows from back in the day make a comeback soon.
1. Banegi Apni Baat
One of the first youth-centered television shows in India, Banegi Apni Baat was all about college life, the fun, the frolic, the romance and everything you associate college life with. And yes, this was the show that gave us the guy we know and love today as Irrfan Khan. In fact, even R. Madhavan started his career with the series.
Before Ali Asgar earned a living as a cross-dresser on prime-time television, he used to be a part of this amazing television series that talked about campus politics and its effects on the youth. With Mahesh Manjrekar, Milind Gowali and Ninad Kamat in the lead, Campus was one of the best TV shows to have ever aired on Indian television.
3. Family No. 1
It’s a shame that such a brilliant sit-com would run for just a year on television. With Kanwaljeet Singh and Tanvi Azmi in the lead playing the heads of two families living under the same house, divided a rope for a border but united by love, the show was good vibes only.
4. Just Mohabbat
Let’s admit it – we were a little disappointed when Jai and his friends suddenly grew up. But directors Tony and Deeya did manage to drive the story forward without losing their audience despite the sudden 10-year-leap. Also, it was the first time we saw Delhi Belly actor, Kunal Kapoor on the small screen.
5. Dekh Bhai Dekh
Dekh Bhai Dekh was definitely the most popular television show in its time, and there was no way you could have not seen at least one episode because the word-of-mouth effect was really strong on this one. Produced by Jaya Bachchan, it aired in 1993 on Doordarshan and took Indian television by a storm.
6. Hip Hip Hurray
While Just Mohabbat skipped straight from childhood to college days, Hip Hip Hurray was the first show that talked about the teenage life. A story about a bunch of 12th graders, their hopes, fears and aspirations, Hip Hip Hurray made us all want to take admission to DeNobili High School.
7. Krishna Arjun
One of the best prime-time detective series, Krishna Arjun had two the most popular television faces at that time, Shraddha Nigam and Hussain Kuwajerwala. The two sleuths solved cases of kidnapping, thefts and murders all over Mumbai, and at the same time fought the urge to express their love for each other.
8. Mohandas B.A.L.L.B
Talking of detective series, Mohandas B.AL.L.B was one of the most intelligent sleuths on TV during the 90s and why not, it had Pankaj Kapoor in the lead. Supriya Pathak and Kapoor’s chemistry was spot-on and it was amazing to watch Mohandas solving difficult crimes with a straight face night after night.
9. Boogie Woogie
The first ever show dance reality show in India that was less gimmick and more dance, Boogie Woogie was the coolest show that hit Indian television during the late 90s. Javed Jaffery, Ravi Behl and Naved with their sense of humour right in place, were far from condescending, unlike today’s judges, making it a to watch especially when they took the stage to themselves.
10. Malgudi Days
This one’s our favourite. The series of short stories by R.K Narayanan adapted into films by Shankar Nag was something we couldn’t digest dinner without. The amazing adventures Swami and his friends in the remote village of Malgudi was special to us city kids because that was our only glimpse into what life might have been outside the concrete jungle.