Malgudi Days (TV series)
|Based on||Malgudi Days|
by R. K. Narayan
|Directed by||Shankar Nag (seasons 1-3)|
Kavitha Lankesh (season 4)
|Theme music composer||L. Vaidyanathan|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||54|
|Original release||24 September 1986 –|
Malgudi Days is an Indian television series that started in 1986, and was filmed in both English (first 13 episodes) and Hindi (all 54 episodes), based on the 1943 short story collection of the same name by R. K. Narayan. The series was directed by Kannada actor and director Shankar Nag. Carnatic musician L. Vaidyanathan composed the score, while R.K. Narayan's younger brother and acclaimed cartoonist R. K. Laxman was the sketch artist. The series was made by film producer T.S. Narasimhan. In 2006, the series was revived for an additional 15 episodes, which were directed by Kavitha Lankesh.
The series is adapted from the collections of short stories written by R.K. Narayan in his books Malgudi Days, A Horse and Two Goats, An Astrologer's Day and Other Short Stories, as well as the novels Swami and Friends, and The Vendor of Sweets.
Season - 1 (1986 - 13 Episodes)
- A Hero / Hero
- A Horse and 2 Goats / Muni
- The Missing Mail / Dhakia
- The Hoard / Maha Kanjus
- Cat Within / Paap ka Gada
- Leela’s Friend / Sidda
- Old Man of the Temple / Mandir ka Budda
- The Watchman / Chowkidar
- A Willing Slave / Aaya
- Roman Image / Rome ka Murthi
- Sweets for Angels / Kaali
- The Seventh House / Saathvan Ghar
Season - 2 (1987 - 13 Episodes)
- Engine Trouble / Engine ki Kahani
- The Gateman’s Gift / Govind Singh ki Bhent
- The Edge / Dhara
- Forty-Five a Month / 45 Rupiya
- Swamy and Friends / Swami – 1
- Swamy and Friends / Swami – 2
- Swamy and Friends / Swami – 3
- Swamy and Friends / Swami – 4
- Swamy and Friends / Swami – 5
- Swamy and Friends / Swami – 6
- Swamy and Friends / Swami – 7
- Swamy and Friends / Swami – 8
Season - 3 (1988 - 13 Episodes)
- Performing Child / Abhinetri
- The Career / Ramji ki Leela
- Trail of the Green Blazer / Pocket Maar
- Naga – 1
- Naga – 2
- Vendor of Sweets / Mithaiwala – 1
- Vendor of Sweets / Mithaiwala – 2
- Vendor of Sweets / Mithaiwala – 3
- Vendor of Sweets / Mithaiwala – 4
- Vendor of Sweets / Mithaiwala – 5
- Vendor of Sweets / Mithaiwala – 6
- Vendor of Sweets / Mithaiwala – 7
- Vendor of Sweets / Mithaiwala – 8
- Annamalai – 1
- Annamalai – 2
- The Gold Belt / Sone ka Kamarband
- Doctor's Word
- Four Rupees
- Neighbour's Help
- Minister Without Portfolio & Korean Grass
- Salt & Saw Dust – 1
- Salt & Saw Dust – 2
- Lawley Road – 1
- Lawley Road – 2
- The Antidote
- The Snake Song
- An Astrologer's Day
- Master Manjunath as W. S. Swaminathan "Swami"
- Girish Karnad as W. T. Srinivasan
- Vaishali Kasaravalli as Swami's mother
- Suhasini Adarkar as Swami's grandmother
- Kanti Madiya as Muniya "Muni"
- B. Jayashree as Muniya's wife
- Somu as Shopkeeper
- Teddy White as Frank
- Deven Bhojani as Nitya
- Harish Patel as Various characters
- Anant Nag as Various characters
- Vishnuvardhan as Venkat Rao
- Shankar Nag as Venkatesh
- Ramesh Bhat as various characters
- Rohit Srinath as Rajam
- Raghuram Sitaram as Mani
- Chetan as S. Somashekar "Somu"
- Arundathi Nag as Kamala
- Sunil Sadanand as Mali, Jagan's son
- Mandeep Rai as Narsimha, Jagan's cousin
- Ashok Mandanna as Thanappa
- Vasanth Josalkar as Govind Singh
- Kalpana Naganath as various characters
- Dina Pathak as Ayah
- Jagadish Malnad as Sidda
- Mico Chandru as Swamy's father
- Sampath Raj as Ekambaram
- S. K. Padmadevi as Elderly villager
- Siddaraj Kalyankar (The Gold Belt) Main cast
Background and production
The series Malgudi Days, comprising thirty nine episodes, was first telecast on Doordarshan in 1986. Most of the series was shot in Agumbe village in Shimoga district, Karnataka. Some episodes were filmed in Bengaluru and some others in Devarayanadurga located in Tumakuru district in Karnataka. One episode, "Nitya", was shot entirely in Devarayanadurga.
In 2004, the project was revived with filmmaker Kavitha Lankesh replacing Shankar Nag as director. The new series was telecast from 26 April 2006 on Doordarshan. Most of the stories in the series are one episode long and were derived from the books A Horse and Two Goats, Malgudi Days, Swami and Friends and The Vendor of Sweets.
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