DoorDarshan: The most popular T.V. channel in India


This is my second blog on doordarshan; the government channel. Dont compare it with BBc or CNN but it is popular than those. Around 350million people have access to this channel.

The only reason behind the success(?) of this channel is the fact that it is ‘sarkari’. According the A. Lincon’s definition “A democracy is by the people, to the people, for the people”.

Same definition is cited in the textbooks of Indian Schools however it is not explained properly. The meaning of ‘people’ here is that ‘except me all other people’. We usually say people dont have brains they vote for anyone certainly we show our agony to all other people except ourself.

During an insightful (only we know the source of this insight) discussion with Audhut and Altaf we discovered a more elaborate still smaller definition of democracy. We found that the definition encorporated all the features of Indian Democracy and summerised everything stated in above definition. However this blog is read by all age groups I can’t state the exact words but any konkani speaking person can fill in the *s

“Democracy is by the people, to the people, for the people and to summurize “Z** baaye people”

Paanwaalah in front of myt house never puts vividhbharati on his radio because according to him it plays only Sarkari music. So much is the sense of un-belonging among the people towards government.

Bad habit 😦 I was supposed to write something about doordarshan.

Forget the serials like Ramayan and Mahabharat which pulled the crowd only because they were religius.
Doordarshan helped the emotional growth of my generation. I grew up watching mogli, ALice in wonderland, baba ki potidi, Chutti Chutti and similar serials rememberign those still makes my heart cry because I will never get those days back when I use to get up early in the morning to watch Rangoli and then Chandrakanta.

May it be scary Kile Ka Rahasya or Funny ‘Mulla Naseeruddin’ I will love to see those serials today. It was time when there were no TRPs and no Channel Marketing so there was absolutely no pressure on the directors and producers to make their serial sell. So we got the real menifestaion of art. That time there was no AXN and no X files we loved to see Vyomkesh Bakshi. Thriller serial needed only thrill to attract the audience and not female curves.
There was no Ekta Kapoor and no serials with every lady having 3and half husbands and vice versa in different proportions. Hum Log can be termed as ancestor of Todays K-sagas but certainly the story belonged to a real Indian middle class family.

Every monday I slept watching Reporter played by Shekhar Suman in his last quality acting costumes. Tuesday was reserved for Rusty by Ruskin Bond even my father did not understand what exactly that serial conveyed but I understood it very well. Adventures of a boy who has run aways from his not so loving setp mother and loving grandmom. These serials were made by old people of that time (most of them are dead by now) and supported our traditional value system that had so much faith in family, love and truth. I hardly remember a serial wich contained violence to the extream nor a serial chewing adultry of some tycoon.

Even serial based on terrorism like Gul Gulshan Gulfaam hardly showed Kashalnikov’s invention.

May be I wrong in saying that we dont get to see so good serials today. May be these serials were not so good also but one thing that I cant denie is that those serials had very large impact on my innocent mind. They were meant for entertainment only but somewhere every episode of those serial gave shape to my mind. May it be Reporter’s love for truth or destroyed family of Gul Gulshan. May it be rusty’s advetures or selflessness of Chanakyaa they showed the values people believed at that time.

Doordarshan failed to undestand market trends and tried to get itself carried away with the wave brought by private channels like Zee and Star. However in that process DD lost its charm and failed to deliver similar classics from time to time. Being a government channel it lacked the efficiency of private channels and failed to make maoney also. Today for the urban society DD is like an animal in zoo we do like to watch it but only to know how it looked like.

I had tried to get archive programmes from DD but they dont have it, it seems.

Today entertainment is a big industry which runs on only one fuel i.e. T.R.P. ratings. It is nothing but how many pair of eyes viewed the screen of idiot box for that duration of time. Concepts like prime time came up and then started a cut throat competition to pull pair of eyes to their respective channels.

Channels now featured babes that wore clothes smaller then Hankies, big sets and big cars, business toycoons talking only in crores and their kids only flirting, no body goes to office and no kids go to college. Hidden dreams of Indian middle class thus came out in the form of K-sagas that are running for more than 10 years now. No story, no acting telivision is now only about TRP.

I thaught DD will be an exception to this however it has become the worst channel on television. It neithr shows shows with entertainment value like K-sagas nor it shows any thing that can go near the word ‘classic’. With exceptions of very few serials DD today remains at the bottom of the channel stack. In rural areas its a compulsion to watch it and that is the only reason I feel its still alive.

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5 thoughts on “DoorDarshan: The most popular T.V. channel in India

  1. I truly agree with the blogger that Doordarshan has always been great broadcaster, they always broadcast good quality shows and I think that private satellite channels can never be compared with its programs’ quality. Today itself, I still use to watch DD atleast for an hour and compulsorily at 8:00 pm for News telecast. They always provide proper and summarized News of the day at 8.00 and 8.15 pm in English and Hindi. I appeal all people of this country to avoid these private TV channels as they are cutting our pockets. I have placed my views on my blog in this regard:

    http://anuragshandilya.blogspot.com/2008/09/paid-vs-free-to-air-channels-please.html

  2. Hi buddy i really feel d same way as u..we can never get back those days again……..

    i respect ur feelings u r true.

  3. I remember a few detective shows from my old nostalgic Doordarshan days. I was a child then, but thanks to you tube, that I can continue watching them. Who can forget Jasoos Karamchand (starring Pankaj Kapoor), Super six, Barrister Roy (starring Kanwaljeet), Reporter (Shekhar Suman’s first apperance on TV), Tehkikaat and Suraag (starring Sudesh Berry)? But the show stealer of those good old days was definitely Byomkesh Bakshi. He was undoubtedly the desi Sherlock Holmes.

    http://souravroy.com

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