Probably, one of the best serial ever made in Doordarshan, at least in the late 80s. ‘Malgudi Days’ was adapted from the collection of short stories written by R K Narayan.
The series was directed by one of the finest actor-director Shankar Nag and Produced by T S Narashiman. The show originally aired on Doordarshan in the year 1986. Although it was made in Hindi, later it got dubbed in many other Indian languages.
Harivu Creations and Vikram Tellis are now bringing back this magical series to the Kannada Audience.
In spite of the cast and crew were Kannada artists, it was never remade or dubbed to Kannada. Harivu Creations, who had previously worked on the Kannada dubbed version of Ajith’s Tamil movies is now enthusiastic in working on the Kannada Version of Malgudi Days.
The first Thirty Nine episodes were directed by Shankar Nag and in the year 2004, the project was revived with filmmaker Kavitha Lankesh replacing Shankar Nag as director which comprised of Fifteen Episodes with the run time of 22 mins.
The series tells you a short story in every episode. Each episode is a treat to watch and gives a warm feeling while you watch. The scenes depict pre-independent India, one can sense an atmosphere of a random town at that time.
You can see different sets of people in the serial, one involved in the independence struggle, govt workers/middle class people, businessmen, street vendors and school children (Swamy and friends) And their mindset at that time (especially towards British). Most of the episodes cover all these people.
Shankar Nag tried to portray everything in ‘Malgudi’, it has two major schools, a local market, a Govt factory (under British govt), a post office, a bus stand, two cinema halls etc.
Many people just wonder if there is actually a place called Malgudi because the director made the audience believe that there is a place called ‘Malgudi’ by showing sign boards on the shops, post office and even newspaper ‘Malgudi Times’ etc.
Most of the shots were shot around Aagumbe and Teerthahalli of Shimoga district, Narashima Swamy temple at Devarayana Durga, near Tumkur and few places in and around Bengaluru.
The show featured many famous artists – Dr. Vishnuvardhan, Ananth Nag, Girish Nag, Master Manjunath, Vaishali Kasaravalli, Arundathi Nag, B. Jayashree, to name a few.