Soap operas are those shows which are telecast daily and not the weekly ones. The name soap opera comes from the olden days when soap making companies like Proctor and Gamble, Lever brothers used to sponsor the shows, first on radio and later on TV. Today, the term is applied to any show which primarily focuses on the emotional relationships and melodrama associated with it.
Before you wince and search for something else, let me assure you, this is not about the cringe-fest that is played on the TV every day and night, in the name of entertainment. Television used to be a much better place. Before it was infested with weird shapeshifting snake tales and underage girls getting married to save family honour, the small screen used to provide much better entertainment than its bigger counterpart. The drama, the comedy, the slice of the life pieces, everything was superlative compared to the garbage pile that appears on TV today. There was a time, rather now it seems to be a really long time ago, Television or the small screen used to be the playground of the stars. Every great writer used to write for the television. Some of the great actors started their career on the telly. We, at The Cinemaholic, went into the deep vaults of television history and scrounged through, to list top Hindi serials of all time. You can still watch several of these Hindi serials online.
12. Shanti (1994)
‘Shanti’ started the afternoon serial trend in India. Telecast on the national network Doordarshan, ‘Shanti’ was the tale of a woman, out for revenge. Shanti, a journalist walks into the lives of two gentlemen, the makers of the country’s huge production house, under the pretext of an interview. Behind their successes, lies a web of deceit, backstabbing, and rape of an innocent lady. A hugely successful series, starring Mandira Bedi, it went on to create 780 episodes before it ended.