TV: Top Three Indian Shows That Were Ahead Of Its Time

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TV shows in India have never been limited to a particular genre or story plot. Take a look at the top three progressive TV shows in India of the 1990s. Read on.

Written By Aishwarya Rai | Mumbai | Updated On:

In today's time, television is one of the most widespread and popular mediums of entertainment. In fact, there’s no dearth in the variety of channels and TV series airing currently. Among all, there are some iconic shows that left an impression on the memories of its viewers, which are still intact. Some shows and characters were much ahead of their time in the 1990’s era and stole millions of hearts with their story and screenplay. Take a look at some of them.

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Dekh Bhai Dekh

Produced by the veteran actor Jaya Bachchan, the show was an out-and-out family entertainer. It first aired on Doordarshan in 1993. Dekh Bhai Dekh had an interesting ensemble of Shekhar Suman, Farida Jalal, Sushma Seth, Bhavna Balsavar, Urvashi Dholakia, Navin Nischol, Vishal Singh, amongst others. The show was a huge hit as it dealt with the trials and tribulations of regular day-to-day life in a joint family, with a comic twist. In fact, it is amongst the first few shows which were shot in London during the 1990s, which was a big deal at that time.

Dekh Bhai Dekh

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Hip Hip Hurray

The teen-drama series directed by Nupur Asthana was a rage amongst the youngsters. The show revolved around the lives of a group of school students and their issues related to love, friendship, and family. Hip Hip Hurray also highlighted sensitive topics like substance abuse and complicated relationships, etc, through its progressive story. The show managed to garner a lot of attention from its first episode itself, and had a successful stint on Zee TV for good four years. All the characters from the show became extremely popular and so did the actors. Purab Kohli, Vishal Malhotra, Kishwar Merchant, Shabbir Ahluwalia and Vinay Pathak were the faces of the show.

Still from Hip Hip Hurray

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An exception to the typical saas-bahu drama was the show Saans, which worked on the lines of an extramarital affair and infidelity. The show was much ahead in time in terms of its story plot and screenplay. Neena Gupta and Kawaljit Singh played an estranged couple in the show. Neena Gupta’s character (Priya), that of a single mother who becomes the breadwinner of her family after getting separated from her husband, became hugely popular. The show also had Kavita Kapoor in a pivotal role. An astounding fact is that Saans was also directed by Neena Gupta, which first aired on Star Plus in the year 1998.

A still from Saans

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