If you were born in the era of 80s and 90s, you would be well aware of what Doordarshan used to be for people in those days. As there was no internet or cable TV back then, Doordarshan used to be the only source of entertainment.
People used to eagerly wait for their shows throughout the week, especially Sundays used to be like festivals. And just like common people, Doordarshan used to be a goliath also for the film fraternity. The telecast of any movie on DD in those days was worth more than an award.
So there used to intense competition among the movies for getting the Sunday afternoon slot. A tradition that started in the decade of 60s became a competition by the late 90s. The ritual was started with the telecast of ‘Satluj De Kande,’ the 1964 national award-winning movie.
The movie starred legendary actor Balraj Sahni and actress Nishi in the lead characters. ’Satluj De Kande’ is one of the two Punjabi movies that Balraj Sahni did in his entire career. The film was a romantic story in the backdrop of contemporary society. Apart from Balraj Sahni and Nishi, actors like Mirza Musharraf and Suresh were also part of the movie. The MM Billo Mehra directed film became an instant hit upon its release, and it's overwhelming popularity even fetched it an award in the National Film Awards, 1964.
The movie was so popular in those days that it was even telecasted on the Doordarshan, not just once or twice, but three times. Thus, from here onwards a trend of movie telecast on Doordarshan also started. DD think-tank, later on, created a separate slot for the movies on Sunday afternoon.
Thereafter, DD also came up with a unique concept called ‘Bioscope,’ in which movies used to air in 3 parts on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.