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Doordarshan nostalgia: Khandaan

I was just reminscing of serials from an earlier age, when Doordarshan was the only channel available, and we used to wait for our favourite serials to appear on TV. In the current age of a massive number of family dramas and saas-bahu serials, and my favourite type (joke, I don’t really like them), 2 mega-rich families colliding with each other, I remember a serial from an earlier age.
I am talking about a serial called Khaandan. It starred a number of characters such as Neena Gupta, Dr. Shreeram Lagoo, Mohan Bhandari, Jayant Kriplani, and so on. I wonder how many people remember this serial, but I was an avid watcher when it came. Of course, this must have been 20 years back now, and I have never seen a re-run of this serial, so the memory is a bit foggy.

I did a bit of searching as well, but never did find anything substantial, so will have to mostly depend on my memory for what I write. From what I remember, it was about big business, and about the ambitions and drive of the family members. The plot goes through various twists and turns, but then a tragedy strikes, and at a crunch time, Jayant Kriplani, who is the outside in family, supports them with the shares he has.
The plus point of this serial, besides the fact that it was probably the first one of its time, was the fact that you could see the serial moving with a decent speed (so much unlike today’s serial, where anything will be done to extend the life of the serial). In addition, you could feel a sense of realism in terms of the inter-actions of the characters with each other, with all of them having their shades of grey, and not pure good or evil. And of course, the biggest plus point was that the serial, having become successful, moved to a point where you could see the serial terminate.
I wonder if anyone by any chance, has a set of CD’s / VHS tapes / DVD’s of this serial? I know a fair amount of people who would like to see this serial again.

4 comments to Doordarshan nostalgia: Khandaan


    Nostalgia revisited. Tanuja also acted in this serial. Recently when I came across a news item in some news paper captioned “Tanuja to debut on TV soon”,I had to search and came across ur blog.

  • Vidya

    omg!!! the title track was ‘Khandaan..khandaan…rishton ki dastaan’!!

  • Vidya

    sorry..was in a hurry to post so excited..anyway..if DD brings back these old serials they will get a lot of viewers/money and the current generation will also benefit from what we sick of these saas-bahu serials..
    also do u remember Kachchi Dhoop (Bhagyashree was so cute in it), Ados-Pados, Kashish, Trishna, Dada-Dadi ki Kahaniyan, Mungerilal ke Haseen Sapne, Hum Hindustani, Giant Robot, He-Man, Oshin…and those heart wrenching chinese language movies DD used to show..Sundays were also so much fun those days!! We used to be ‘tarsofied’ for cartoons, even when that cartoon DD message as about ‘Swimmi’ (the fish) would come we would be glued to the TV. Btw, I recently reminisced with my sister about the B/W Solidaire TV we had, one with wooden shutter-like doors. It was funny..even with the TV being B/W our mother would watch the news just to see the newsreaders sarees!!

  • Mohit B. Jailkhani

    Yes I remember it, as a matter of fact I was a child at that time and could never understand the concept. But hats off to Shridhar Kshirsagar (Producer,Writer & director) who was well ahead of his times and Khandaan was one serial which literally changed the course of Indian television. Think about it the soap opera hit the small screens in 1980’s and was the first serial which showcased business rivals and families. made his mark on television. Khandaan impact on the medium was enormous.

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