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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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Bollywood stars Vidya Balan, Kartik Aaryan, Pratik Gandhi, Ileana D’Cruz, Mouni Roy, Radhika Madan, Mrunal Thakur attend Do Aur Do Pyaar premiere

Vidya Balan who plays the lead role in Do Aur Do Pyaar looked ravishing in a navy blue lehenga which was paired with a long red jacket. Vidya Balan completed the look with ethnic studs and a ruby-red pout with a small bindi on her forehead



The makers of Do Aur Do Pyaar held a special screening of the film in Mumbai on Wednesday evening which was attended by many Bollywood stars who came together to watch the romantic comedy that stars Vidya Balan and Pratik Gandhi in the lead along with Ileana D’Cruz and Sendhil Ramamurthy.

Vidya Balan who plays the lead role in Do Aur Do Pyaar looked ravishing in a navy blue lehenga which was paired with a long red jacket. Vidya Balan completed the look with ethnic studs and a ruby-red pout with a small bindi on her forehead. She proved that  no one can slay in fusion wear like her!

Pratik Gandhi looked smashing for the premiere of his film as he was dressed to the 9s for his movie’s premiere. Pratik Gandhi wore a hunter-green suit paired with a brown t-shirt and matching shoes. A brighter t-shirt would have gone better with the look, he made the right impressions with his look.

Television’s actor Mouni Roy was seen in a red hot corset skater dress with a plunging neckline. She completed the look with a black sling bag and multicoloured heels which looked very chic! Bollywood star Kartik Aaryan joined his Bhool Bhulaiyaa 3 co-star Vidya at the premiere of Do Aur Do Pyaar with their director Anees Bazmee. The actor looked casual yet cool in a black t-shirt and matching pants, adding a splash of colour with his red and white sneakers.

Radhika Madan looked very classy in her black bodycon dress paired with pencil heels. The asymmetrical neckline added an extra edge, making it perfect for the premiere. Another B-town celebrity Shriya Saran shined brighter than the sun in her blingy outfit. The actor paired a yellow sequin top with a mini fringe skirt and completed her look with white lace-up gladiator heels.

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Amitabh Bachchan to receive Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar award, AR Rahman, Randeep Hooda to be honored

Amitabh Bachchan is set to be awarded the Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Puraskar, while AR Rahman and Randeep Hooda will also receive honors



Amitabh Bachchan, with multiple awards to his name, is a household name in the Indian cinema industry. He has been invited to receive the Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Puruskar soon, which would add another feather to his cap.

Every year, this prestigious award is given to a person who has made a significant contribution to the country, its citizens, and society. AR Rahman and Randeep Hooda are also named along with him to accept the award.

The Mangeshkar family announced in a press release that Amitabh Bachchan would get the esteemed Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award. This award honours those who have had a significant influence on society and was established in memory of Lata Mangeshkar, who passed away in 2022.

On April 24, the day they pay tribute to their late father, theater and music icon Deenanath Mangeshkar, 81-year-old Bachchan will get the award.

The award was previously given to Asha Bhosle, the sister of Lata Mangeshkar, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2023. The press announcement also revealed that A R Rahman, for his outstanding contributions to Indian music, will be awarded the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Puraskar. In addition, Randeep Hooda will receive the Vishesh Puraskar in recognition of his outstanding contributions to film.

The award for exceptional social work will also be awarded to the non-profit organization, the Deepstambh Foundation Manobal. Furthermore, the drama Galib, which is produced by Malhar and Vajreshwari under the Ashtavinayak Prakashit banner, is going to be awarded the title of finest drama of the year.

The Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Puraskar (Vagvilasini Puraskar) will be given to Marathi author Manjiri Phadke in recognition of her outstanding contributions to literature. In addition, Ashok Saraf and Padmini Kolhapure will be awarded the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Puraskar for their outstanding contributions to the film industry.

Other awardees include Atul Parchure for his commitment to theater and drama, Bhau Torsekar for his editing services, and Roopkumar Rathod for his exceptional contributions to music. According to the press release, Asha Bhosle will give the awards to the meritorious honorees, while Hridaynath Mangeshkar will preside over the event.

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Vikrant Massey’s 12th Fail to release in over 20,000 screens in China

Vidhu Vinod Chopra-helmed 12th Fail is all set to release in China soon



Vikrant Massey starrer 12th is scheduled to realse in China. Vikrant and Medha Shankr, who played the main lead in the film, are excited and looking forward to it.

During a recent interview, Vikrant said, it is too early to say that if he is going to China or not for film’s promotion. However, he said he is really excited that something like this has happened after a long time, but it is too early to talk about that.

Aamir Khan had earlier visited China to promote his movie Dangal and 3 Idiots, which was likewise quite successful film across the country.

Additionally, Vikrant said that the makers of 12th Fail had been preparing for its distribution in China for some time. He also said that the film will be released in China in more than 20,000 screens.

He said, after several months of development, the news has finally surfaced, and everyone is aware that the film will be released in China. In China, there is a great appetite for Hindi or Indian films. Over 20,000 screens are available for 12th Fail. The quantity of screens is a result of China’s strong entertainment industry, he said.

Meanwhile, last week, 12th Fail also accomplished an incredible feat. It is the first film in 23 years to have shown in theaters for a full 25 weeks. In the Indian film industry, this landmark is referred to as a silver jubilee and denotes remarkable public response and ongoing popularity.

In order to show his appreciation, Massey posted a unique poster on social media that marked the event. He captioned the images, first film in 23 years to achieve this milestone. He also added that they are grateful to the audiences for realizing their dream.

The film is based on the same-titled book published in 2019 that tells the story of IPS officer Manoj Kumar Sharma’s early years and hardships.

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