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If I regard all the timeless classics I have been fortunate enough to
be a part of, the one series that sticks out like a gentle reminder of
life itself is the late Sh.R K Narayan's 'Malgudi Days' which was
brought to life by the late Kannada actor/director/genius Shankar Nag.
The two names that have become synonymous to me with being simple yet
powerful. The two souls that have given me so many memorable moments on
print and celluloid. I am still fascinated at the ease with which these
men managed to craft the rhythm of the life in the stories of Malgudi.
Narayan's creation the town called Malgudi. Just the mention of that name spells magic as far as viewers of Nag's 'Malgudi Days' are concerned. As I sat watching some episodes from the DVD pack of this gem a couple of days back it was as if I was watching myself in them. Each scene brought back an essence that I have almost forgotten in the high-tech world we live in. Values that have shaped us as Indians. Ideals that we seem to have put somewhere at the back of a dusty old room. My mind kept dusting off those old piles of memories as the characters spoke to me in a profound yet simple way. A whole new perspective arose. A new dimension. A new light. Draped in the practicality we are so used to, it hid within the simple nothings of life that are everything. The words that stay behind after an enriching conversation. A song. A poem.
The message that 'Malgudi Days' conveys represents every human emotion there ever was and every personality there ever will be. We truly miss Shankar Nag's genius and Sh RK Narayan's wisdom. Please come back to us.
I'm sure a lot of Indians who grew up in the 80s treasure this show as
one of the best ever aired in the history of Television. Others in the
same league were Katha Sagar, Flop Show, and Mirza Ghalib with a few
others. RK Narayan's epic lit the screen like anything. I'm not going
to waste time in singing praises of this awesome show, which needs no
introduction. The good news is that after almost 20 years when it was
aired on Doordarshan in India, it is finally out onDVD!!!!! Remastered
using the latest technology, this 2 disc DVD brings this masterpiece of
cinema to millions of R.K.Narayan fans and others thirsting for a good
story the whole family can watch. Please go to
http://126.96.36.199/datacart/products/template_dvd.asp? and search for
UPDATE: I have seen the whole 2 DVD set. There is only one episode that is in Hindi (2 Goats). Rest all is in English. I think when Doordarshan showed this back in 1986, they showed the dubbed version. The show seems to have been made in English Originally. It was great to see Anant Nag and Swami again!!
This has been probably the best TV series that ever hit the indian television scene.Awesome direction , impeccable performances, excellent production, great music ....its got everything.If u havent seen it before..u must!Its got a great touch of nostalgia to it.
This is not one of the best but the very best that Indian television
has to offer.Whatever the crap that they show on TV these days should
be thrown in the dumps when we compare it to Malgudi Days. I have seen
this so many times that I have lost the count of it. I will make sure
everybody in my future generation too watches it.
It is one of those great classics which I can never forget till I m in this world.Great work and great stories with great acting is all how we can sum it up
People from all around the world, if u are reading this please don't forget to watch this.
A remarkable honest classic television package
It was one of the gems produced by Doordarshan when there was no other channel. Actually, I think(not sure) was like 6-7 years old when I used to watch this serial in Doordarshan, so obviously I don't remember anything about it except the only fact that I liked it then very much. I like the tune also. It lived an impression in my mind. It was a collection of episodes of everyday activities of ordinary people but was touching. Now I want to relive it and thats why I look forward to buying the DVD and may be book also. Watch it and if you have taste for light moments where actually lot of knowledge resides, then you will like it for sure.
Dear Friends, This is truly a masterpiece of the TV days when there was only one channel ,namely, Doordarshan. I still remember the Wednesdays when there also used to be Chitrahaar another major attraction on that day. It was a visual treat for children and elders alike. The only one of its type to hold appeal for both children and adults. This TV masterpiece would only be equalled in its popularity by other greats like Mahabarta.It is still remembered to this day because of its lilting music which when I remember those days I can vividly recall the tune. It was a visual delight because it transformed you into a totally different world which you believed really existed. To top it all, there were some characters like the grocer, his servant, the snake-charmer, and of course Swami who looked real people. That was the beauty of this truly classic TV series.
Even though knowing that one of the Karnataka's most talented actor/director Shankar nag has directed the series and also acted by Karnataka's (kannada Film Industry)great talents like Anant Nag (brother of the director Shankar Nag) and Master Manjunath, I never expected this to be so good. When I watched the first episode I was dumb founded. After that I was just hooked... I still remember my childhood days eagerly waiting for every single episode and totally getting lost in amazing stories of "Malgudi Days" and swamy's innocence for the whole 22 minutes and wishing those 22 minutes to never get over. The serial is shot in Malgudi (a sweet place in Karnataka) which depicts several stories from Swamy's life written by RK Narayan. I own the DVD's and still watch them regularly. Even after watching countless number of times one can never get bored... If you want me to describe "Malgudi Days" in words I can merely say "Words cannot describe it" or words by any body else other than RK Narayan himself.
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I think this is, BY FAR, the best TV serial to ever be produced in
India...by anyone. At least from what I've seen.
The atmosphere and the mood that the episodes create are something very positive, wholesome, and nostalgic.
I miss watching Malgudi Days with my family when I was small.
Those were truly beautiful times..unlike what Indian cinema has turned into now.
To say that moral artistry is something which is lacking in India nowadays, would be an understatemnet. It simply no longer exists.
I recommend "Malgudi Days" to anyone who comes across it. And I encourage to anyone who reads this, to stop buying cheap commodities produced by Indian cinema today. Only when the buying stops will the selling stop.
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Dear All, Its been a great effort by Shankar nag. He created a splendid
effect on everybody by creating such a great art sculpture like Malgudi
Days!! Please don't forget to watch. If you watch you will know what
life is!! The make up, Costume and want to tell one thing the role
Swamy will leave you spellbound and the scenes where Swamy plays
Cricket is ecstatic. One who have not seen this they are definitely
going to miss the greatest ever television series. Really thanks and
warm regards for Shankar Nag for creating such a great series with
which we still cherish the memories and life and finally the
Love Vivek Prakash
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The stories are simple yet moving. Some of these stories do have
elements of suspense thrillers and almost all of them have healthy
humor and existential question marks do come out dancing at the doors
of your understanding in some of the stories. These stories as a whole
look like celebration of life in all its forms.There is a common theme
in all these stories: A person in a unique crisis. This might be crisis
of faith or existential nightmare or a peculiar event. What really
makes these short stories leave an indelible mark on your memory is:
Coherent and very identifiable characters who are struggling for better
living or for more happiness. You find that you are in these stories,
your neighbor and your friends are also there and that sexagenarian old
man who used to tell you great stories of his youth but rarely used to
find any audience except you is there in these stories. It seems that
these are stories of the village where you used to stay in your
childhood. Malgudi Days has become part of memories of great old days
which make many of us nostalgic. As I watch these episodes again after
a long time, I find that the characters are so intriguing and so
perfectly played by some very good artists. The credit indeed goes to
great stories written by R K Narayan. Without these stories it would
have been impossible to create such profound impact by these episodes.
Late Kannada actor and director Shankar Nag directed this television series. Anant Nag has enacted a lot of characters in many episodes. My verdict on his performances ishe is a great method actor and he has accomplished his job with utmost of sincerity. Almost all other actors have done their due with convincing art. As for the masterly direction it just amazes you every time you watch these episodes. There are a few goofs but they were almost inevitable and if you accept them with entirety of the comely stories, you are left with something very significant to appreciate. Carnatic Musician L. Vidyanathan composed the score for this series and this is one of those musical pieces which stay with you. The sketches shown at the beginning of each episode were done by cartoonist R. K. Laxman.
Nothing better than Malgudi Days has ever happened to Indian TV in my opinion. Anything which came close to it was Byomkesh Bakshi. In both of the cases, stories were profound and well appreciated and artists, who chose to work on them for TV avatar, took the project with a great degree of earnestness.
You want to visit Malgudi after watching any story and want to become part of those interesting conversations. You want to hear a lot more of those gossips and rumors. You want to sit with villagers near wells and talk about everyday life. You want to witness that most uproarious but yet most linguistically and existentially significant conversation between Muni and USA tourist. You want to be amongst those villagers when that cat inside a vessel is jumping from place to place inside the store and they are scared that a ghost is making those noises.
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