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Hum Log
Hum Log.jpg
A still from Hum Log
Genre Drama
Written by Manohar Shyam Joshi
Directed by P. Kumar Vasudev
Starring Vinod Nagpal
Jayshri Arora
Rajesh Puri
Abhinav Chaturvedi
Seema Bhargava
Divya Seth
Sushma Seth
Opening theme "Hum Log" by Anil Biswas
Country of origin  India
Language(s) Hindi
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 156
Production
Producer(s) Doordarshan
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time Approx. 25 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Doordarshan
Picture format SDTV (480i)
Original run July 7, 1984 – 1985

Hum Log was Indian television's first soap opera. It began telecast on Doordarshan, India's National Network on July 7, 1984, then the only television channel of India, and it quickly became immensely popular. Indian audiences loved the show and the characters became legendary and a common topic of discussion. Hum Log is the story of an Indian middle class family of the 1980s and their daily struggles and aspirations.[1][2][3].

The idea of the TV series, came to then Information and Broadcasting Minister, Vasant Sathe after a Mexican trip in 1982, and soon the idea for Hum Log was developed in collaboration with writer Manohar Shyam Joshi, who scripted the series, and filmmaker, P. Kumar Vasudev, who went on direct the series [4]. The title score was composed by legendary music director Anil Biswas.[5]

Contents

Legacy

Hum Log, with 156 episodes, was the longest running serial in the history of Indian television at the time it ended. Every episode of Hum Log was about 25 minutes long, and the last episode was about 55 minutes.

Cast and characters

  • Vinod Nagpal ... Basesar Ram: the father and was an alcoholic
  • Jayshri Arora ... Bhagwanti: the mother was a housewife and used to sleep in her kitchen itself
  • Rajesh Puri ... Lallu (Lalit Prasad): the eldest son, unemployed and looking for a job
  • Abhinav Chaturvedi ... Nanhe: the younger son
  • Seema Bhargava ... Badki: the eldest daughter, a social worker
  • Divya Seth ... Majhli: the second eldest daughter, aspiring to be an actress
  • Loveleen Mishra ... Chutki: the youngest daughter, aspiring to be a doctor
  • Lahiri Singh ... Dadaji: retired military man and the grandfather
  • Sushma Seth ... Dadi: grandmother

Additional information

At the end of every episode, veteran Hindi film actor Ashok Kumar would discuss the ongoing story and situations with the audience in a unique style, using Hindi couplets and limericks. In later episodes, after the show had reached the heights of popularity, he'd introduce the actors who played various characters in the serial and end his monologue with the various Indian language versions of the words "Hum Log."

See also

References

  1. ^ "Hum Log, 25 years on". Rediff.com. http://movies.rediff.com/slide-show/2009/jul/07/slide-show-1-hum-log-completes-twenty-five-years.htm.  
  2. ^ "An episode in history". Indian Express. http://www.indianexpress.com/news/an-episode-in-history/485943/. Retrieved July 8, 2009.  
  3. ^ "25 years on, viewers still remember 'Hum Log'". The Times of India. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/25-years-on-viewers-still-remember-Hum-Log-/articleshow/4750957.cms. Retrieved July 8, 2009.  
  4. ^ "Looking back at Hum Log". indiatogether.org. http://www.indiatogether.org/2008/jul/wom-humlog.htm. Retrieved July 8, 2009.  
  5. ^ Anil Biswas downmelodylane.com.

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