Yes, I would like to address you as ‘dear’, because that’s what you are to me. Firstly, I want to thank you for giving me a wonderful childhood. Recently I was discussing about you with a friend of mine and we both agreed you were awesome. We miss you a lot.
Thank you for giving us Shaktimaan. It was my favourite show in Doordarshan. I used to come running from school so that I did not miss it. Thankfully, it then started coming on Sundays. I always wondered whether we can actually fly if we turn very fast. And I have tried it many times. That was just the beginning. I can’t recall how many times we have tried to imitate Shaktimaan in our real lives. Also, I have to be honest; I was a little scared of Kilvish. But we liked to chant ‘Andhera kayam rahe’. I loved the other characters, especially the Shaitan scientist Dr. Jackal (who used to say – Power!!!). Then there was Choti Choti Magar Moti Baatein. The phrase ‘Sorry Shaktimaan’ still cracks me up. Now I realize that Shaktimaan was inspired from other western superheroes. Still Shaktimaan was no less than a national phenomenon.
There were others too. Captain Vyom and Junior G were fun to watch. Thank you for introducing us to some western shows too. Shows like Knight Rider, Street Hawk, Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad, Alladin, Duck Tales brings back some pleasant memories. I think Malgudi Days is one of the finest TV shows I have ever seen. It is refreshing, sweet, intriguing; I still watch it. And I never really understood Chandrakanta. Nonetheless it was fun to watch. I now realize Alif Laila had very bad special effects, but at that time it looked fantastic.
Doordarshan, you have not only entertained us, but also educated us in many ways. It was enlightening to watch Ramayana, Mahabharata, Shri Krishna and many other mythological series (also it was fun to watch the arrows colliding during war scenes!). Jai Hanuman used to come on Saturdays. I remember once in one episode Hanuman was supposed to born and power went off that day. It was raining heavily. We then carried umbrellas and walked to a nearby house where there was power and saw the episode. We were that crazy!
Friday and Saturday nights you showed Hindi films. I always thought the advertisement breaks were long. But now when I watch other channels, I think you were way better. We did not have cable TV then. We heard that there were some channels which played movies all day long, every single day. We were shocked. How is that possible?! Those were some simple times. And every Sunday began with Rangoli. We can say, it has become a ritual. After so many years, still many watch it. I watch it whenever I am at home. It gained popularity when Hema Malini used to host it.
As I grew, cable TV gained popularity. I have to admit, it had more attractions. But my parents stayed with you, Doordarshan. I have to be frank, I wanted cable TV. Then I heard that the antenna can receive signals from cable if there is any leak. So I turned my antenna towards a cable TV wire passing nearby. And voila! I was able to see some channels. To see Doordarshan, I had to turn the antenna back towards the Doordarshan TV station tower, which was diagonally opposite to the cable TV wire. There was a small catch. The antenna turned only in clockwise direction due to some mechanical limitations. Hence, after many days the antenna wire was tangled and twisted around the antenna rod. What a mess!
To be honest, I don’t watch you anymore, Doordarshan. You have to refresh your look and do something innovative to be on par with other channels. Hope you can bring back the old magic.