Indian Television does great work because there is no housewife in India who would spend a day without watching soap operas. In a country dominated by Bollywood, some Hindi TV serials have managed to leave a mark on people. Today, the Indian Television industry is as popular as Bollywood among the audiences and offers all sorts of series including comedy, romance, thriller, horror and reality. Here is a list of some of the most popular Hindi serials of all time!
Balika Vadhu is Hindi television drama series that premiered on 21st July, 2008 on Colors TV. This soap opera deals with the custom of child marriage and various issues related to child marriage. The show reveals the reality of orthodox culture and ill practices that are still being practiced in some parts of India. The story is about a Rajasthani girl named Anandi who is married to Jagdish at a very young age. The show depicts how they both handle marriage at this young age and the consequences of this custom.
Diya Aur Baati Hum
Diya Aur Baati Hum is a popular show on Star Plus channel and is one of the most viewed and highest rated Hindi TV dramas. The show premiered on 29th August 2011 and tells the story about Sandhya who has a desire to become an IPS officer. She is married to Suraj, who is an owner of a sweet shop and is not as educated as Sandhya. The middle-class values confine her to the household boundaries, but she has the support of her husband.
Mahabharat was a successful TV show based on the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The show was broadcasted from October 1988 to June 1990. Mahabharat was very popular among the Indian audience and was able to achieve a cult status on television.
Hum Log was the first soap opera on Indian television. Hum Lug received appreciation from the audience and is considered one of the best Hindi serials of all time. The show premiered on 7th July 1984, on Doordarshan – the only channel available back then. Hum Log ran for 156 episodes, and at that time it was the longest running TV show on Indian Television.
Shaktimaan was the first superhero of Indian Television. This was the most popular supernatural show which kept kids and adults glued to their seats. Shaktimaan has managed to become the beloved hero of all kids in a short time span.
Shanti – Ek Aurat Ki Kahani
Shanti – Ek Aurat Ki Kahani was a cult Hindi drama serial that amazed the Indian audiences. This popular show premiered on Doordarshan National in 1994. The story was about the life of two friends and their past, which is deeply hidden until the journalist Shanti arrives. Shanti is an aspiring journalist who plans to write the biographies of these two friends. Shanti was the show that launched Mandira Bedi and made this actress a household name.
Dekh Bhai Dekh
Dekh Bhai Dekh is another popular show in the history of Indian Television. The story revolved around the life of three generations of the Diwan family, who live together in an ancestral bungalow in Mumbai. The show which aired on Doordarshan channel in 1993 was appreciated by the audiences for its comic relief.
CID was a crime thriller which premiered on 21st January 1998 and has completed seventeen years in 2015. CID is the longest running television series in India and certainly one of the most successful shows of all time!
Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi is one of the most watched Hindi serials. The show maintained its first place on Indian Television for eight consecutive years; from 2000 to 2008. Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi was everyone’s favorite serial, which raised the standard of Indian Television.
Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon
Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? was very popular Indian soap opera, which aired on Star Plus from 6th June 2011 to 30th November 2012. The serial told the story of the couple of Khushi (Sanaya Irani) and Arnav (Barun Sobti). Khushi and Arnav have different personalities and ideologies. Their brilliant acting and amazing chemistry was widely appreciated by the audiences, and the serial is still one of the most loved Indian soap operas.