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'Buniyaad' set to re-create the nostalgia of partition and popularity of old-world charm

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NEW DELHI: A trend-setter of sorts when it was first aired almost three decades earlier, this series remains a nostalgic reminder of the days of the partition, and will provide much needed insights to the younger generation.

Buniyaad, the mega-series written by the celebrated Manohar Shyam Joshi and helmed by the stalwart Ramesh Sippy and Jyoti Sarup laid the foundation for the evolution of India's television entertainment industry and defined the contours of its future.

Doordarshan, which had aired it in 1986, is all set to revive the epochal series from tonight and it will be telecast every Thursday and Friday at 8.30 pm on DD National.

Producer-director Ramesh Sippy, actor Kiron Juneja, actor Neena Gupta and DD director-general Tripurari Sharan in a press meet here said the series still had its old-world charm and was being looked forward to.

At a time when DD was the only channel beaming in the country, Buniyaad saw an entire nation rooting for Master Haveliram (Alok Nath) and his family as they came to terms with their lives in an epic series set in the years preceding and after the partition.

Apart from Alok Nath, the series stars Anita Kanwal, Kiron Juneja, Asha Sharma, Sudhir Pandey, Mazhar Khan, Kanwaljit, Dalip Tahil, Soni Razdan and Neena Gupta amongst others.

Sippy said the characters played by these actors are remembered with nostalgia today by millions of viewers.

Sharan said for many years, these actors were known by the names of the characters they played. Hence for an entire generation Alok Nath was known as Masterji, Anita Kanwal was identified as his wife Laajo Ji and Kiron Juneja as Veeravali, Masterji's sister in the serial by the viewers.

The story of Master Haveliram falling in love and eventually marrying Laajo Ji, their family, separation and reunion in the aftermath of India's partition has as much going for it today as it did in the late eighties.

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