For purists and lovers of creativity, Hindi TV fictional shows are regressive and purely a piece of crap!
Point taken as these shows doesn’t promise mind-boggling originality or great unheard stories etc. However, what’s commendable about some of these shows is their longevity despite being called regressive, boring, typical saas-bahu drama and what not. It isn’t easy to survive the competition when every other week a new show gets launched on the ever-increasing channels. That’s why we bring you some of the longest running fictional shows which have survived all kinds of criticisms, competition and changing audience’s taste to still be in the reckoning based on their adaptation to the changing times.
1) Taarak Mehta Ka Ulta Chashma
This comedy series is on air since 2008 and still going strong. It is not easy to create comedy, even if for some it’s stupid or exaggerated comedy, and that too without taking any time leaps which is prevalent on any other longest running show! Adapted from a comic series in Gujarati, this show still rules at number one on SAB TV.
2) Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlaata Hai
A show about the day to day life of a family has done pretty well for itself given the fact that plot wise, there isn’t much there in it. The beauty lies in executing the simplicity of a family dealing with problems any family can relate with. No wonder, it is still one of the top three shows on Star Plus even after being on air since 2009!
3) Saath Nibhaana Saathiya
Talking of simplicity, this show has been an eye-catcher for the lead character, Gopi who has been portrayed as a simpleton, bordering on a dumb woman. But, the makers and the channel have made sure that the IQ level of the lead protagonist is never questionable. May be the simplicity has touched a nerve somewhere and that’s why the fans are loving show since 2010! Five long years and still going strong by being one of the top three shows on Star Plus is not a mean task.
4) Sasural Simar Ka
This show was launched way back in 2011 and is still ruling the charts as far as Colors channel is concerned. It is about two sisters marrying in the same family and lots of misunderstandings, confusions, plotting and planning. Somehow, all the supposed weak points are ignored by the fans and despite knowing that whatever is happening is an eye-wash, they still keep watching the show day after day, week after week, thoroughly enjoying the proceedings which are obviously full of drama and twists and turns required for such a daily soap.
5) Diya Aur Baati Hum
A real show celebrating womanhood in India and showcasing the multi-tasking a woman has to go through in Indian society, this show is winning the hearts of its audience since 2011. Also, the best thing about this show is how a husband supports his wife through thick and thin which is not a normal scenario in a typical Indian household. May be this is what is making all those housewives love the show even more!
These are not perfect shows, but the way they tell a story, the way they connect with their audience is praiseworthy. Hope many more such shows are launched which not only entertain, but are also superior in terms of content quality.