The other day at work, me and my friends were discussing our good old Doordarshan over lunch. We had a nice trip down memory lane. I was reminded of those golden days when I had nothing else to watch but DD. I decided to google up a few things about DD and the results just amazed me. There are a number of people who loved those ads on DD like me and my friends. There were quite a few blog posts on DD. I had a huge grin on my face and a happy feeling in my heart on remembering my days with DD and I couldn’t resist doing this post. Here is my list of personal favourites on DD:
1) The DD logo
This logo used to swirl around with the tune playing in the background. 🙂
2) Rukawat ke liye khed hai
DD’s trademark line, which used to come up every now and then… 🙂
3) The news readers on DD, each of who had his/her own unique style. I remember Salma Sultan, Raman, Prakruti Krishnan, Rini Simon and Kaveri. I remember a game I used to play with my grandpa. Every day before the news would begin, he would ask me “Tell me who is going to read the news today?” and I would make a guess. For every right guess, he would give me a rupee. I used to save that to buy little knick knacks. 🙂
Salma Sultan’s rose was oh-so-famous those days. 🙂
Me and my cousins also used to see the news for the hearing impaired. We used to love seeing the news reader explain the news through actions. 🙂
4) Serials like Chandrakanta, Stone Boy, Surabhi, Discovery Of India, Mahabharat, Ramayana, Shanti, Wagle Ki Duniya, Karamchand, Mr. Yogi, Hum Log, Circus, Byomkesh Bakshi, Karamchand, Reporter, Jungle Book, Swabhimaan, Duck Tales and others that the whole family used to see together. These serials had a special charm, which can rarely be found in the dumb saas-bahu serials of today.
I am posting some videos of serials that I came across. I used to love the title tracks of some of the serials like anything.
Jungle Book – the unforgettable title song
Mahabharat – the opening music
The title track of Discovery Of India
I still remember Kitty saying, “Boss, you are a genius.” to Karamchand, and Karamchand would always say, “Shut up, Kitty.” 🙂
5) The unforgettable songs for various campaigns. I have posted some of my favourites.
Mile sur mera tumhara – still captivating
Purab se surya uga – the literacy campaign
Ek titli, anek titliyan
School chale hum
Doodh doodh doodh
6) Last, but not the least, the beautiful ads that we no longer see.
Hamara Bajaj 🙂
The unbeatable Cadburys ad
The other Cadbury ad
Amul – the taste of India
I remember watching ads in Tamil whenever I went to Chennai in the vacations and comparing the Hindi and Tamil versions. I used to LOL at certain lines which were literally translated. 🙂
The Vadilal ad which went something like ‘Vadilal laaye kuch naya, to put a smile back on your face’, the Dhara cooking oil “Jalebi” ad and the ‘Lifebuoy hai jahan, tandurusti hai wahan’ ones were also cool. 🙂
7) Here are two of my recent favourites on DD:
Madhya Pradesh tourism ad
The Clinic Plus Chulbuli ad
The Chulbuli ad, however, is not restricted only to DD. I am not so sure about the MP tourism ad.
Good old DD. Good old days. Golden memories. 🙂