Doordarshan is starting a new channel called DD Retro to telecast programs that bring back nostalgia from the 1980s.
Some of these serials were what we all grew up on. Like Chanakya, Mahabharat, Ramayana, Shaktimaan, Shriman Shrimati, Circus, Byomkesh Bakshi, Dekh Bhai Dekh and Hum Hain Na.
“To relive the nostalgia of your favourite memorable serials of Doordarshan, watch DD Retro,” the channel tweeted on Sunday.For now, DD Retro is airing the same shows that DD National had brought back in the wake of the covid-19 outbreak to keep viewers engaged. Apart from mythological epics Ramayana and Mahabharat, the classics revived on the network are historical dramas Chanakya directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi and Upanishad Ganga produced by Chinmaya Mission Trust, again directed by Dwivedi, superhero series Shaktimaan featuring Mukesh Khanna, comedy drama Shriman Shrimati, produced by Markand Adhikari, Shah Rukh Khan’s Circus, detective show Byomkesh Bakshi, drama show Hum Hain Na and sitcoms Tu Tota Main Maina and Dekh Bhai Dekh. (Source: Covid-19 lockdown: Prasar Bharti launches DD Retro to invoke nostalgia)
The viewership grew 60 times for 9 am and 9 pm slots since Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana has been telecast. Meanwhile, the viewership for 12 pm and 7 pm slots grew 208 times after BR Chopra’s Mahabharat was started.
The channel tweeted the shows that will be telecast in different slots.