Doordarshan to Bring Back Iconic Shows on App

RBN Web Desk: National broadcaster Doordarshan is likely to bring back its iconic shows on an over-the-top (OTT) digital streaming platform. App-based OTT platforms have witnessed burgeoning popularity in recent times, courtesy a drop in the cost of mobile data connectivity.

Doordarshan director general Supriya Sahu recently told the media that they are planning to launch their own app-based digital platform where content can be streamed all across the globe. Doordarshan is already working with Prasar Bharati, and a team of experts in this regard, she added.

Doordarshan arguably has the biggest archive of content with many of its shows now enjoying a legendary status.

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Sahu said that viewers who grew up in the eighties and nineties, before the arrival of satellite television, can easily identify with these shows.

TV shows like Hum Log, Buniyaad, Nukkad, Malgudi Days, Fauji, and others, have since attained a cult status among the audience. Many of Doordarshan’s serials were ahead of its time. Rajani, broadcast during 1984-85, was the first show to highlight women empowerment and consumer awareness, long before these became major issues in India. The series was directed by filmmaker Basu Chatterjee.

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Almost all leading filmmakers, including Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihalani, Ramanand Sagar, and others, have worked for Doordarshan.

Experts believe that the revival of the shows will be a welcome deviation from the typical bedroom-boardroom stories that have become the staple of private satellite television channels.

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