It’s only been a few days since Friends: The Reunion plunged global audiences into nostalgia. But it seems the fandom has hit Indian viewers who now want to see the cast of some iconic TV shows, who are also reuniting for a special episode.
We know that for the generation of the 90s and the millennials, the turn of the century brought a series of memorable TV shows that we still hold close to our hearts. No wonder the rebroadcast of some of them last year, due to the lack of new episodes, was received with open arms. Be it Mahabharat or Ramayana, Hum Paanch or Byomkesh Bakshi, TV shows across genres received thumping TRPs even after years of their finals.
So with the special episode Friends: The Reunion on HBO Max and Disney Plus Hotstar (India), the social media is buzzing with requests for a reunion of our homegrown TV shows.
Here we pick 6 Indian shows that definitely deserve a reunion, in keeping with the excitement.
Mahabharat Mahabharat aired between 1988 and 1990 on Doordarshan.
A peek into the backstories of the sets was given when some of its actors – Nitish Bharadwaj, Gajendra Chauhan, Puneet Issar, Gufi Paintal and Pradeep Kumar appeared on The Kapil Sharma Show last year. But as we know, like his massive ensemble, there are many more secret anecdotes from behind the scenes for us to enjoy. Maybe a good reunion could help.
Chandrakanta Shikha Swaroop played the title role of Chandrakanta which premiered on DD National in 1994.
They also tried some remakes, but none could stand the test of time. That’s the magic of the original, and we’d give anything to see the cast of Chandrakanta back on the couch after 25 years of the finale. Can the creators bring Shahbaz Khan, Shikha Swaroop, Mukesh Khanna, Pankaj Dheer, Akhilendra Mishra, Durga Jasraj, Krutika Desai and others to the stage one more time? Of course, Irrfan Khan (Badrinath and Somnath) will be sorely missed.
Swabhimaan Swabhimaan was broadcast for over two and a half years starting in 1994.
Mahesh Bhatt also brought his style of storytelling to the small screen, with this soap being touted as “ahead of its time”. Co-written by Shobha De, the show put the spotlight on a number of actors such as Kitu Gidwani, Rohit Roy, Manoj Bajpayee, Anju Mahendru, Deepak Parashar, Ashutosh Rana, Mita Vashisht, Harsh Chhaya and more. We would definitely need a huge stage to get them all together. But what a reunion episode it will be.
Dekh Bhai Dekh Dekh Bhai Dekh was a career defining project for actor Shekhar Suman.
Before your Khichdi and Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah it was Dekh Bhai Dekh who ruled the charts. Well, it continues to rule our hearts too. One of the best sitcoms on Indian television that revolves around a family and their hilarious solutions to life’s problems. Now that you’re all in nostalgia, how about seeing the Diwan family together again to see if actors Shekhar Suman, Farida Jalal, Bhavna Balsavar, Deven Bhojani, Sushma Seth and others can still make us laugh?
Hip Hiep Hooray Hiep Hiep Hooray was one of the first shows to air on the newly launched Zee TV in 1998.
Any kid from the 90s will still swear by HHH for being the first of its kind to treat childhood issues, insecurities, peer pressure, relationships, drugs, and depression with the utmost sensitivity. Revolving around the 12th grade students of DeNobili High School, this Nupur Asthana director kicked off actors – Purab Kohli, Vishal Malhotra, Kishwer Merchant, Rushad Rana, Shweta Salve, and others. Also ask their on-screen teachers, Suchitra Pillai, Vinay Pathak, Sanjay Mishra and Sulbha Arya, for the reunion.
Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Smriti Irani played the lead role, Tulsi Virani in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.
Imagine a soap opera that changed Indian television forever, spanning eight years and five generations and featuring almost every top actor on Indian television at this point. Surely it should be a special ensemble? We ask Ekta Kapoor to bring them all back to share their offscreen stories. Only she can do it, and maybe it should be split into 3-5 episodes with a lot of viewers. Imagine!
Which show would you like to see a reunion of?