Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Malgudi Days (1987) – All 39 Episodes

Malgudi Days (1987) – All 39 Episodes


Master Manjunath … Swami
Director: Shankar Nag

Malgudi Days is a collection of short stories by R.K.Narayan that focused on the trial and tribulations of a small Indian town of Malgudi. According to R.K. Narayan, Malgudi is a town “habited by timeless characters who could be living anywhere in the world” and is located on the banks of river Sarayu and surrounded by the Mempi Hills. As an attempt to popularize television, the Government of India undertook several steps to popularize the already powerful medium.
The 1970s and 1980s saw a boom in television programming as the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting invited independent producers and directors to shoot television serials on a regular basis; Malgudi Days was one such television serial. The serial was directed by the late Kannada actor and director, Shankar Nag, and was shot entirely near Agumbe in Shimoga District, Karnataka.

The music was rendered by L. Vaidyanathan and was produced by T.S. Narasimhan of the Padam Rag Films. It included many of Narayan’s short stories and novels such as Swami and Friends and The Vendor of Sweets.

Vendor of Sweets narrated the story of a sweet vendor, Jagan, his business and confrontation with his son who had returned from abroad. The title role was played by Kannada actor, Anant Nag, and its plot is non-existent in the book.

Swami and Friends revolves around ten-year old Swaminathan, or Swami as he is known by other characters. Swami portrays the growing pangs of a boy who despises school, as he makes excuses and roams around Malgudi with his friends. Swami’s father works in a government office and his mother is a housewife. At home, Swami shares his adventures with his aged granny, who lovingly addresses him as “Chamy.” Swami also has two close friends; Mani and the son of the Police Chief Superintendent, Rajam. Swami’s character was enacted by Manjunath, a regular feature in many of Shankar Nag directed movies.

The sketches for the serial were done by Narayan’s brother and acclaimed cartoonist, R.K. Laxman. Thirty-nine episodes of “Malgudi Days” were telecast on Doordarshan. Subsequently, it was re-telecast on Doordarshan and later on Sony Entertainment Television.

Episode 2 - Horse
Episode 3 - The Missing Mail
Episode 4 - The Hoard
Episode 5 - Cat Within
Episode 6 - Leela's Friend
Episode 7 - Mandir Ka Boodha
Episode 8 - The Watchman
Episode 9 - A Willing Slave
Episode 10 - Roman Image
Episode 11 - Sweets For Angels
Episode 12 - Seventh House
Episode 13 - Nitya
Episode 14 - Engine Trouble
Episode 15 - Ishwaran
Episode 16 - Gateman's Gift
Episode 17 - The Edge
Episode 18 - 45 A Month
Episode 19 - Swamy And Friends - I
Episode 20 - Swamy And Friends - II
Episode 21 - Swamy And Friends - III
Episode 22 - Swamy And Friends - IV
Episode 23 - Swamy And Friends - V
Episode 24 - Swamy And Friends - VI
Episode 25 - Swamy And Friends - VII
Episode 26 - Swamy And Friends - VIII
Episode 27 - Performing Child
Episode 28 - Career
Episode 29 - The Green Blazer
Episode 30 - Naga - I
Episode 31 - Naga - II
Episode 32 - Mithaiwaala - I
Episode 33 - Mithaiwaala - II
Episode 34 - Mithaiwaala - III
Episode 35 - Mithaiwaala - IV
Episode 36 - Mithaiwaala - V
Episode 37 - Mithaiwaala - VI
Episode 38 - Mithaiwaala - VII
Episode 39 - Mithaiwaala - VIII

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