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World Television Day 2022: From Ramayana to Circus, Doordarshan’s classic shows

Over the years, DD National produced several classic shows that remained engraved in the hearts of the audience.



World Television Day 2022

World Television Day is celebrated annually on November 21. The first World Television Forum was held in 1996, the same year the United Nations General Assembly declared November 21 to be World Television Day.

In 1927, an American inventor Philo Taylor Farnsworth invented the first electrical television. World Television Day is celebrated to acknowledge and appreciate the influence of television in our lives.

For many individuals around the world, it has become a long-standing habit to watch television and undoubtedly it has become the crucial medium for transmitting information and entertainment.

Television was introduced in 1959 in India and for the first 30 years, Doordarshan was the only national broadcaster. Over the years, DD National produced several classic shows that remained engraved in the hearts of the audience.

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Based on the mythology Ramayana, Ramanand Sagar was the show’s creator, writer, and director. It was the first broadcast between 1987 and 1988 on DD National and the show became the most-watched television program worldwide. It starred Arun Govil, Dipika Chikhlia, Sunil Lahri, Arvind Trivedi, and Dara Singh in the lead roles.

Hum Log

Starring Anil Biswas, Seema Pahwa, Ashok Kumar, Kamia Malhotra, Loveleen Mishra, and Abhinav Chaturvedi in pivotal roles, Hum log was India’s first soap opera that aired in 1984. It was helmed by P. Kumar Vasudev.

Malgudi Days

Malgudi days is one of the most loved shows on Doordarshan. It premiered in 1986 and revolved around a boy Swami and the obstacles in his life. Directed by Kannada actor and director Shankar Nag, the show premiered in both Hindi and English.

Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne

Helmed by Prakash Jha, Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne revolved around the doomed dreams of the average middle-class man. The comedy daily soap aired between 1989 to 1990 on Doordarshan and featured Pankaj Kapur, Raghubit Yadav, and Kamia Malhotra in the lead.


Turning the clock back to Ind-Pak superhit serial Buniyaad which was directed by Ramesh Sippy and Jyoti. It aired in 1987 and depicted how people dealt with the aftermath of the India and Pakistan partition. Buniyaad featured Anit Kanwar, Girja Shankar, Kamia Malhotra, Natasha Sinha, Kanwaljit Singh, and Kiran Juneja in important roles.

Shrimaan Shrimati

Directed by Vijay, Shrimaan Shrimati broadcasted in 1982. The sitcom was based on two families in the same neighbourhood and had 143 episodes in total. The lead roles were played by Jatin Kanakia, Rakesh Bedi, Archana Puran Singh, Reema Lagoo, Ajay Nagrath, and Hema Diwan.


Starring now the King of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan, Circus premiered in 1989. Helmed by Aziz Mirza and Kundan Shah the show revolved around the lives of people who worked in a circus show.

Tu Tu Main Main

Actor Sachin Pilgaonkar directed the sitcom Tu Tu Main Main. The show revolved around the relationship between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law and featured Sachin, Supriya, Mahesh Thakur, Bhavana Balsvar, and Jayati Bhatia in the lead.

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Taapsee Pannu in legal trouble for wearing Laxmi necklace with plunging neckline, complaint filed

Walking the ramp of Lakme Fashion Week on March 12, Pannu slayed in an embroidered gown encrusted with sequins.



Taapsee Pannu

Taapsee Pannu has landed in a controversy after the Hing Rakshak Sangathan filed a complaint against her for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments and spreading obscenity.

Pannu, at the Lakme Fashion Week, recently wore a gigantic Laxmi neckpiece along with a plunging neckline red gown which seemed to be a ‘revealing dress’ for a section of people. The actor shared the video of her walking the ramp on her Instagram handle and wrote what the princess gown and queen-like jewels looked like. She also mentioned that the neckpiece is from Reliance Jewels’ Akshaya Tritiya Collection inspired by the majestic Thanjavur.

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Reports said the complaint has been registered by a convenor of Hind Rakshak Sangathan and the son of BJP MLA Malini Gaur, Eklavya Singh Gaur.

Taapsee Pannu trolled

Walking the ramp of Lakme Fashion Week on March 12, Pannu slayed in an embroidered gown encrusted with sequins. The gigantic golden necklace made her look more captivating as she wooed her fans with her walk. To complete her look, she flaunted her natural curls and opted for minimal makeup to balance the statement jewellery. The plunging neck left space for the neckpiece to fit.

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However, Pannu’s look at the Lakme Fashion Week irked a section of people who started moral policing her on social media for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments by insulting Hindu deities.

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AAP MP confirms Parineeti Chopra, Raghav Chadha’s relationship

In a tweet, Sanjeev Arora extended his heartfelt congratulations to the rumoured couple and sent best wishes for their relationship.



Raghav Chadha and Parineeti Chopra

Bollywood actor Parineeti Chopra and AAP MP Raghav Chadha are hogging headlines ever since they were spotted together dining at a restaurant in Mumbai. Social media went bananas over this new rumoured couple leading to their marriage speculations.

Now, AAP MP Sanjeev Arora tweeted his congratulations to Chopra and Chadha for their union. In a tweet, he extended his heartfelt congratulations to the rumoured couple and sent best wishes for their relationship.

However, both Chopra and Chadha have not confirmed the news yet.

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When Parineeti Chopra and Raghav Chopra were spotted together

It all started when Parineeti Chopra and Raghav Chadha were papped twice exiting a restaurant in Mumbai. Upon being asked about the relationship rumour, the AAP MP couldn’t help but blush and playfully replied to the reporter saying he would answer about Rajneeti (politics) and not Parineeti.

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The video of his reply was widely circulated on social media.

Moreover, Parineeti Chopra was also spotted outside Manish Malhotra’s residence which fuelled her wedding rumours with Chaddha. A report in Hindustantimes confirmed their relationship and said the couple is at their happy place now and might tie the knot soon.

Another report in India Today also confirmed their relationship and said both families are happy with the couple coming together, however, no dates have been fixed yet for the wedding festivities to start.

The report also said the wedding will take place in the presence of close friends and families and will be a small affair.

On the work front, Parineeti Chopra was last seen in Code Name: Tiranga with Hardy Sandhu and in Unnchai co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, Neena Gupta, Anupam Kher, and others. She will be next seen in Chamkila and Capsule Gill.

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Anshula Kapoor makes her relationship with Rohan Thakkar Instagram official, see photo

In the picture shot at the exotic Maldives, the couple could be seen in a pool all smiles at each other behind a breathtaking sunset.



Anshula Kapoor and Rohan Thakkar

Arjun Kapoor’s sister and social media influencer, Anshukla Kapoor, on Monday, made her relationship with Rohan Thakkar official. Kapoor shared a mushy picture with her boyfriend as the couple is celebrating their first love anniversary.

In the picture shot at the exotic Maldives, the couple could be seen in a pool all smiles at each other behind a breathtaking sunset.

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Soon after Anshula Kapoor shared the picture, several celebrities including her family members Sonam Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor, Khushi Kapoor, Maheep Kapoor, and others wished the couple on their first anniversary.

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Rumours of Kapoor dating Rohan Thakkar circulated when she first posted a mushy boomerang with him on her Instagram. However, the couple never confirmed their relationship officially up until now.

Reports said the couple flew to Thailand last year in December to attend a Maroon 5 concert to celebrate Anshula’s birthday. She shared multiple pictures and videos from the event as well.

Rohan Thakkar is a screenwriter who had also worked as a social media marketing executive and copywriter assistant at the Grey Group. He is best known for writing the screenplay of a short film The Novelist which came out in 2016.

On the other hand, Anshula Kapoor, last week, made headlines after she shared a string of bold photos on Instagram and spoke about body positivity. In a post, she opened up about her belief that bodysuits are not for her body shape. However, she decided to fight her inhibitions and own her stretch marks, cellulite, tummy rolls, etc and get the best of her and her insecurities.

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