Continuing with the peep into the past, here’s the third part of the bhule bisare serial. (Come to think of it there was Bhule Bisare geet on radio)
The list is getting bigger
Aaisa bhi hota hai
A serial telling stories of ghost and strange occurrences. Something like that. Really don’t remember much.
Belongs to the “Qile ka rahasya” category. Dealt with Reincarnation and strange phenomenon. Supposedly based on true stories.
Katha Saagar, Ek Kahani and Darpan
The concept was simple. Dramatize a short story of a famous author. That’s all. But the story they picked and the way it was presented was too good. One of the serial had a short introduction to the author too. I don’t remember which one.
The hindi film industry was not called bollywood then. The host used to select a theme and then show all scenes related to the theme.
The story of the throne of Raja Vikramaditya which has 32 statues in the throne. Each statue tells a story. I think it had to do something with another king who wants to sit on the throne but the throne prevent him saying that he is not as worthy as Raja Vikramaditya. Total timepass and lot of moralistic story
Vikram aur betaal
Arun Govil playing Vikram long before he played Ram in Ramayan. Story of Raja Vikramaditya (I think) who has promised to bring a corpse from the jungle. The corpse tells a story and at the end asks a question. The king answers and then the corpse runs away, actually flys away. The start and end scene shown were same for all stories. We actually memorized the whole scene. “Tu bola, mein chala” “Jawaab de nahi toh mein tere sar ke hazaar tukde kar dunga” The theme song was nothing but Vikram and betaal said a number of times like “Vikram vikram vikram betaal betaal betaal”
Dada Dadi ki kahaniyan
Ashok Kumar and Dina pathak (I think) play dada and dadi respectively. A story with a moral. Featured story of ghost and had liliput in most of the episode. Total Children timepass.
Shahrukh Khan yet again. The serial had shahrukh playing Kewal, a village lad who goes to town and never returns. The story is told as memories of his mother and daughter and the village people. Shahrukh dies trying to prevent his friend becoming a terrorist. The last episode showed his friend coming to Shahrukh’s home and his family accepting him as the second Kewal. Sort of reincarnation of Shahrukh. Hence the name Doosra Kewal or The Second Kewal.
Muzrim Haazir ho.
I had completely forgotten about this. Nutan plays a Bengali bahu. It had the title song “Hun huna hun huna” I think the song music was composed by Bhupen Hazarika (thanks IronMaiden)
Another one of Shahrukh Khan’s serial. The fact is that Shahrukh acted in many serials before he became a star in movies. Something about two families separated during partition and then getting back. A child from one family is taken care by the other family. A good serial set in Punjab. I think the serial was from Lekh Tandon
Phool Khile hai Gulshan Gulshan
Tabassum! Great. This was when film stars had only the film magazine to talk. TV offered them an opportunity to market themselves. Tabassum used to interview the stars. Hardly half hour. Remember all those shayaris from Tabassum
Kahan gaye Woh Log
Late Sunday Morning drama about heroes of freedom struggle.
Aa Bail Mujhe maar.
A comedy featuring Amol Palekar and Bharti Achrekar (I think). Saturday afternoon flavor. Story of a man who deliberately does things which create problem for himself.
Loosely based on Kiran Bedi, the jailor of Tihar Jailor (I think she was the jailor). Kavita Chaudhury plays a simple girl who struggles and fight to become an IPS officer. It shows the problem she faces in the police force and the society because of being a woman. A very good inspiring serial.