Whenever you think of an Indian TV shows, what comes to your mind? Obviously it must be some over dramatic scenes with hundreds of transitions and very loud “Dhoom Tana Nana…” music, a baseless story that continues for over a thousand episodes, where the girl wraps curtain around her neck after being slapped, or washing laptop and drying clothes in the microwave, shift shifting snakes, mongoose, peacock, housefly, etc.
Yes, it is all true and the Indian dramas have set the bar of entertainment so low that people who watch them definitely lose some of their brain cells. However, not all Indian dramas are like that, and there are few shows that are actually good among the sea of bad shows.
Today, we have brought you the five best Indian TV shows that you can watch and enjoy thoroughly. Being an Indian TV show, we definitely won’t say that these shows are not overdramatic, but compared to other shows like Saath Nibhaana Saathiya, Kumkum Bhagya, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, Balika Vadhu, and other very popular and highly watched shows, these listed shows are quite good.
So let us start the list of tv shows :
- Translation: Desire
- Director: Waseem Sabir
- Production Company: Ramesh Deo Productions
- Number of Episodes: 142
- Release Date: 1st February – 26th June, 2016
- Starring: Anuja Sathe, Deepak Wadhwa, Vishal Gandhi, Ram Kapoor, Ketaki Dave, Kiran Karmarkar
Tamanna tells the story of Dhara, a young woman who aspires to become a cricketer, breaking the norms of her family and society. Dhara Solanki has always wanted to become a cricketer and she is very much supported by her father, Deepak Solanki.
However, her grandmother is against her dreams, but later she is also convinced. In the unfortunate turns of events, Dhara is forced to marry Mihir Shukhadia, who pretends to support her at beginning, but laters reveals his true side and starts to control Dhara like a prisoner.
The show further continues with how Dhara deals with different problems that arise between her and her dreams.
4. Piya Albela:
- Translation: Besotted Lover
- Director: Toton Karmarkar
- Production Company: Rajshri Productions
- Number of Episodes: 383
- Release Date: 6th March, 2017 – 24th August, 2018
- Starring: Akshay Mhatre, Sheen Das, Kanwarjit Paintal, Avinash Wadhawan, Jyoti Gauba, Ankit Vyas, Ritu Chauhan, Parul Chaudhary
Based on the popular Hindu mythology of Viswamitra and Menaka, Piya Albela tells the story of Naren Vyas and Pooja Mehra. Naren, belonging from a rich family, is lost in his own thoughts and the path of spirituality a lot of times.
This worries his father, Harish Vyas, who hires Pooja, a small town girl who lives with her uncle and aunt, as her parents are dead, to bring him back to the real world as he is the only son of Harish and his wife Supriya.
Pooja and Naren slowly befriend each other, and she tries every possible way to bring Naren in the real world and face the problems that are actually existing. Like every love story, even this one has a lot of twists and turns, and every episode has a teaching of Swami Vivekananda.
3. P.O.W - Bandi Yuddh Ke:
- Translation: P.O.W – Prisoners of War
- Director: Nikkhil Advani, Gauravv K. Chawla, Kaashvi Nair, Nikhil Gonsalves
- Production Company: Emmay Entertainment
- Number of Episodes: 110
- Release Date: 7th November, 2016 – 15th March, 2017
- Starring: Amrita Puri, Sandhya Mridul, Purab Kohli, Satyadeep Mishra, Manish Choudhary, Sahil Salathia, Rasika Dugal
Based on the most popular Isareli drama, Hatufim, which was also adapted by the USA as Homeland, P.O.W tells the story of Sartaaj Singh and Imaan Khan, who are captured during one of the missions. They are married to their respective partners Harleen Kaur and Nazneen Khan. When Sartaaj and Imaan return back from captivity after 17 years, and get along with their family, their dark secrets start to haunt them while a government agent tries to expose their dark secrets.
2. Bin Kuch Kahe:
- Translation: Without Saying Anything
- Director: Shrishti Trivedi, Anindita Sinha
- Production Company: Rajshree Ojha, Zee Entertainment Enterprises
- Number of Episodes: 140
- Release Date: 6th February – 18th August, 2017
- Starring: Shamata Anchan, Sameer Arora, Rashmi Somvanshi, Nirvana Sawhney, Archana Mittal, Nikhil Sabharwal, Bharat Sharma, Krish Chauhan
Now this is one unique show which is not cliche like other Indian dramas. The pace of the story is very smooth and beautiful. Bin Kuch Kahe tells the story of the Kohli family in Jaipur that consists of Sudha Kohli and her three daughters: Abha, Rhea and Myra, and her grandson and Abha’s son, Aryan. Myra, who pursues a career in journalism meets Kabir Miranda, a Brazilian-Indian, who turns out to be Myra’s boss, and later stays in her house where they get closer to each other.
The story further progresses with the life of these three sisters and how they find a perfect life partner for each other.
1. Ek Hasina Thi:
- Translation: There Was Once A Beautiful Girl
- Director: Siddharth Priyadarshi
- Production Company: Cinevistaas Limited
- Number of Episodes: 216
- Release Date: 14th April – 20th December, 2014
- Starring: Sanjeeda Sheikh, Simone Singh, Vatsal Sheth, Ayub Khan, Bhuvnesh Mann, Aditi Sajwan, Kishwer Merchant, Bhupindra Singh, Mihir Mishra, Teena Chopra
Based on the American TV series, Revenge, Ek Hasina Thi follows a similar plot. Durga Thakur, a young and beautiful girl arrives in Kolkata to take revenge from the Goenka family that consist of Rajnath Goenka, his cunning wife Sakshi Goenka, and their spoilt brat son Shaurya Goenka.
Two years ago Shaurya raped a girl named Payal, along with his three other friends, which has left her traumatized. The Goenka’s also plotted to kill Payal’s family including her sister Nitya. But Nitya survived and she changed her face and personality, and hence Durga is the new version of Nitya who has come to destroy the Goenkas for raping her sister and plotting to kill her.