Daily soaps or old Doordarshan serials?

I think daily soaps started in the year 1994 with Shanti on Doordarshan, followed by Swabhiman. With cable network boom, small screen got completely dominated by daily soaps. If I recollect from memory serials shown on Doordarshan in the early 1990s or late 1980s (except Chandrakanta, Ramayana and Mahabharata - 1 hr episodes every Sunday mornings), all serial episodes last for just half an hour and we need to wait one full week to see its next episode. But it's nice to see the continuation episode exactly after a week. Also, they will end in 13 episodes....







But what's the scene now??? Kabhi Sauthen Kabhi Saheli played for long 11 years. Same is the case of other soaps. Earlier, quality was the prime aim rather than TRP ratings. Now everything is based on TRP ratings....As long as TRP ratings are high, episodes go on, go on and go on. Otherwise, the show winds up within a year. Also how many techniques...Plastic surgery to replace a new actor, killing the character if an actor is to quit the show....bringing him back to the show as re-birth or something else if TRP rating goes low....It's nothing short of 'real-life comedy shows'. Isn't it ridiculous?







personally i don't have even a single moment to waste for this useless soaps. But I regularly used to watch Doordarshan serials...Udaan, Ghutan, Mrignayani, Tehkikaat, Mashaal, Phulwanti etc on Doordarshan in the 1990s, during my teens. Shaktimaan too...haha (till its episodes started dragging). Buniyaad, Karamchand, Malgudi days etc are still nostalgic for many.







Which one do you prefer - daily soaps or weekly? Do you think quality of present day serials are good than those played in the 1980s and 1990s? I think films have advanced very much and now directors are experimenting with new subjects. But in the case of serials, it's still centuries backward - old stories of traditional homes, grand weddings, saas-bahu quarrels etc etc....
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Sandhya Rani
Asked 5 years ago

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I don't prefer any serials. It is tiresome to wach these serials at particular time and day regularly. However retired persons and hosewves prefer tese serials more.
Gulshan Kumar Ajmani
Answered 5 years ago
Gulshan Kumar Ajmani

If I remember right I saw Hamlog on DD in 1976 or 77. Correct me if I am wrong. I saw it in a restaurant while eating but to be frank I have not much interest in TV serials.
suni51
Answered 5 years ago
suni51

With this post of yours, I can remember yes I used to watch Shanti and Swabhiman when in school but the soaps you have mentioned were the only form of entertainment then, with limited no.of serial people had no choice but to watch them and enjoy the weekly episodes. But I have stopped watching all ever dragging serials on Starplus, zee etc I now like soaps of Zindegi channel..they have strong scripts, good actors and short episodes which gets over with 13 or 15 episodes. I also don't know why many people even when they watch soaps don't feel like saying it it n public. What is wrong in it?
Mousumi Ghosh
Answered 5 years ago
Mousumi Ghosh

I think "Hum Log" , "Buniyaad" were the two serials to be started on doordarshan first. I remember Ashok Kumar used to anchor "Hum Log". I don't like serials these days as they don't look real these days. Recently I have been serials on channel " Zindagi" which shows some good serials at least better than what Ekta Kapoor makes.
Sanjeev Gupta
Answered 5 years ago
Sanjeev Gupta

I used to like Hum Log and Buniyaad, and later on Nukkad. Comedy serials like Sarabhai versus Sarabhai were also quite enjoyable. Nowadays all we get to see is tearjerkers where the women are always decked up from head to toe and hatching schemes so wicked that would put even a real witch to shame!
Kalyani Nandurkar
Answered 5 years ago
Kalyani Nandurkar

I have not watched any serials on DD so dont know about it although I read about it .....I too liked Sarabhai vs Sarabhai a lot ! As of now I watch two serials in Kannada and find them far better in content and quality compared to the Hindi serials and I watch a couple of English serials...
usha manohar
Answered 5 years ago
usha manohar

'Hum log' a masterpiece, you should watch it.

Aishwarika
Answered one year ago
Aishwarika

I donot prefer any serials,TV show means it should give some relaxation but now a days most of tv shows are for wasting of time in my view

Answered 4 years ago

I prefer knowledgeable programmes or 100 percent entertainment programmes. Not in between

 

rambabu
Answered 4 years ago
rambabu

Old DD serials were the beginning of the daily Soaps trend and something that will always be special, in it's own way.

Sheetal Kumar N
Answered 2 years ago
Sheetal Kumar N

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