The current generation isn’t privileged to watch quality on television unlike people like us born in 80’s. We as kids got the chance to witness one of the most blooming periods in the Television history. Not only was the content watchable, but each television series was different from the other one running. The serials of today make you switch channels profusely and everywhere you find the same ‘Saas-Bahu’ concept being dragged up to eternity. The makers of these obnoxious serials should have a look at this list and understand what trash content they are offering to their audiences.
One of the popular series of the 90’, Hip Hip Hurray revolved around the lives of school going teenagers who are on the path to identify themselves. It touched on the young generation’s quest for love, success and freedom and how they juggled between dating and exams, tackled strict parents and teachers. The first season of this series was so successful that the 2nd season was launched in the year 2001.
It brought some great stars on the same platform to offer a good time to the audience. Their remarkable star cast included Shekhar Suman, Navin Nischol, Farida Jalal, Urvashi Dholakia, Amar Upadhyay and few more. The ‘Diwan’ family and their unique members, became quite popular among the audience. Such was the effect that the series was re-run on many other channels.
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This soap opera was first of its kind to touch the life of an urban young woman. This series had a successful 5 year stint where it dealt with the many emotions of the lead character played by Navneet Nishan. Besides her, the story also touched the lives of Tara’s fast friends played by Ratna Pathak, Amita Nangia and Neha Sharad.
Another likeable TV series of the 90’s was Hum Paanch. The five sisters with diverse personalities gave this series a perfect combination of entertainment and freshness. Be it Sweety’s childishness or Kajal’s tomboyish attitude, the geek Radhika or the feminist Meeakshi, each character was a treat to watch. Not to forget the dead wife speaking from the portrait and giving opinions to the husband. This serial was a huge success and contributed in making Zee channel a watchable channel.
Starring some of the noted actors such as R.Madhavan, Anup Soni, Om Puri, Milind Soman, Nikki Aneja, this serial gave audiences a completely unique story line set up on an equally unique stage, Navy. Directed by Anubhan Sinha, the serial showed some unique underwater sequences and showcased the complex emotions of the coastguards.
Directed by Mahesh Bhatt, Swabhimaan had some of the acclaimed stars of the TV industry, who carved a name for themselves in the silver screen as well. Scripted by Shobha De, the story revolved around the pretty Svetlana, who fights odds and struggles for survival. Starring Rohit Roy, Kitu Gidwani, Anju Mahendaru, this TV series was the first of its type to see 500 episodes.
Another woman centric serial, Shanti is considered a classic and has even gained a cult status. The main lead, played by Mandira Bedi, sets off on a journey to discover the dark secrets buried in the Shanti Mansion. The groundbreaking acting made it all the more interesting to watch and wait desperately for the outcome in the next episodes.
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The Byomkesh Bakshi detective series was one of the most interesting and engaging serials of the 90’s era. With unique cases and the smart theories which lead to solving the cases, the serial was a huge success. Icing on the cake was the effortless acting of Rajit Kapoor who matched the cool and calm persona of the intelligent detective. How I wish there comes a season 2 of this series with the same star cast.