I still miss the old Doordarshan serials. Those old serials, dramas and documentaries were so elegant, simple and realistic that I could easily associate them to real life. Not only our generation but also the current generation loves to watch these serials. Now a days, you can find most of the old serials on Youtube and other video websites. Recently The entire “Udaan” TV series (32 episodes) have now been released in India in DVD/VCD format by Reliance. You can buy this series from Flipkart. Udaan was probably the first Indian television show on women empowerment.
Udaan aired on the Indian Television channel DD National in 1991. The serial was written and directed by Kavita Choudhary who also played the main role in the serial. Other actors were Shekhar Kapur, Uttara Baokar and Mohan Gokhale. It was a story of a girl named Kalyani Singh who joined the police force and with her hard work and sheer determination.
The serial is inspired by true story of Kavita Choudhary’s elder sister Kanchan Choudhary who after several hardships went to become the first female Director General of Police. Some critics also say that the serial was inspired with the life of Kiran Bedi, India’s first female IPS Officer.
Udaan Story ::
Kalyani feels neglected when all attention is showered on a boy born in their family who is considered to be the male heir of the family. Her father loses all his land after it is forcibly taken away from him. He always tells her she is no less than anybody and should make it her mission to take the flight (Udaan) to a respectable position in the society. She vows to become a police officer and bring back respect to her family. The story shows how she battles gender discrimination and various problems before successfully becoming a Police Officer. Shekhar Kapur plays the love interest of Kalyani in the serial.
Udaan First Episode ::
Udaan Title Track ::