As we all know that Indian TV serials are the best source of entertainment in leisure time. Indian TV serials gained popularity all over the world since the establishment of Indian TV industry. Star Plus remained the most popular TV channel until the beginning of 21st century but after that more private channels emerged and Indian Industry flourished rapidly. Hindi is similar to Urdu and India is also a neighbor to Pakistan so those who speak Urdu in Pakistan also watch Hindi drama serials. Most of the viewers of these Hindi serials are females. Here is some of the most watched and best TV serials of all time.
Uttaran a new drama serial. It was started in 2010 and deals with the miserable life of a girl Icchta. This serial is regarded as one of the best soap of modern times. It is still on Colors which is a private TV channel. Many sponsors were eager to sponsor this TV show. This serial became popular especially among ladies of India.
9. Kasauti Zindagi Ki
Kasauti Zindagi Ki gained popularity because it deals with a new and novel love story; Bajaj family was involved in the plot of this serial. There were two main characters Prerna and Anurag. Their love story’s hardships were explained very beautifully that every couple started relating themselves to these two. It is 9th most watched Hindi drama serial.
8. Hum Log
Hum Log was the first soap on Indian television and it gained a lot of popularity. Hum log was the first commercially sponsored show in the history of Indian television. Several other sponsors of television programs suffered due to its popularity. When it was aired it became the hottest topic of discussion in every gathering and Indians all over the world loved the show and the characters. The story deals with an Indian middle-class family of the 1980s. The major discourse was their daily life’s struggles, hardships and aspirations. It was on aired on July 7, 1984 had an average viewership of 50 million per episode. Even those who could not understand Hindi language they also loved it. In the northern region of the country the rating was between 80 and 90 per cent. It is been more than 25 years when this show was started. Actors still known by the characters they had played.
7. Nach Baliye
Nach Baliye was a dance reality show. Real life couples participated in this TV dance reality show and it became a topic of discussion in most of the parties that who will win it. It had many seasons and first season was aired in early 2000s. Three professional mentors were judges and they judge the moves and dance steps of these couples who were participants of this show.
6. Shanti – Ek Aurat Ki Kahani
It was first telecast on DD National in the year 1994,and after gaining popularity on this channel ,it was aired on STAR Plus. This series stars Mandira Bedi as Shanti as lead character. The plot deals with the life of two friends from Bollywood production house in the country. Shanti is a journalist, in this serial she worked on the biographies of the two friends. It gained popularity all over the world.
Ramayan is one of the most successful and popular Indian epic television show based on a religious story having 78 episodes. It was created, written, and directed by Ramanand Sagar and was aired on January 25, 1987, to July 31, 1988. It was mainly based on Valmiki’s Ramayan and Tulsidas’ Ramcharitmanas . It is regarded as the first Indian television series based on religious stories. It laid foundation for more religious TV series. It became immensely popular among all the nation that people watched it on big screens with whole families. Rajiv Gandhi stated, “Ramayan has stirred the imaginations of millions of viewers. It has imbibed the great Indian culture, tradition and normal values especially in the young.”
Mahabharata is a well known religious serial based on the Hindu epic story Mahabharata. It was broadcasted on DD national between 1988 -1990. This series was a remarkable hit among the Indian audience. People appreciated it and many costumes also came in the market for the promotion of this show. Mahabharat was produced by B.R. Chopra and it was directed by Ravi Chopra, his son. Rajkamal was the music director who composed the music. In an interview Ravi Chopra said, “The Mahabharata is a portrayal of a society where the values collapsed and created the most violent confrontation between the forces of good and evil.”
3. Kaun Banega Crorepati
KBC is a legendary show hosted by legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan. As we all know him, he does not need any special introduction. It is one of the most celebrated and popular Indian game show. Concept of this show was based on the UK game show ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ and was first telecast in the year 2000. Amitabh Bachchan’s first appearance on Indian television became a big twist in his career. The show has completed 500 episodes. Show’s winner offered up to 5 crores.
Shaktimaan was a fictional Indian television show that deals with the story of a superhero who had immensely great strength. He had the ability to fly, and was never affected by anything. Nothing can cause injury to Shaktiman’s body. Shaktiman became beloved hero of all times .This fictional series was created by Dinker Jani and Mukesh Khanna. It was accepted and gained popularity especially by children. Shaktiman was also indulged in many controversies as children started to jump from building as they had confidence that Shaktiman would save them. Even after this issue its popularity raised among folks.
1. Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
No one can deny popularity of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. It was an Indian soap opera produced under the banner of Balaji Telefilms governed by very talented Ekta Kapoor. It was aired on Star Plus. According to newsapaper’s and TV show’s rating it is ranked as number 1. It is still counted as number 1 in the list of popular T.V serials. This serial deals with Virani family. It has two lead roles Tulsi Virani and Mihir Virani. This show was watched from 2000 to 2008. Most of the viewers of this drama serial are mother in laws and daughter in laws because the plaot of this serial deals with them.