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Nat Geo relives India’s glorious 80s

Premiering on December 7, 2013 at 10 PM, the show will take a look back at key events and moments from the decade across politics, economics, television, film and sport that have had an impact on the India of today

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | December 5, 2013

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This Saturday, nostalgia will rule your senses as ‘The 80s: India’ takes you on a journey back in time with the most defining events and moments from the era that changed the course of India’s history forever

Remember the little pleasure of rattling off the lines from the Nirma ad featuring “Hema, Rekha, Jaya aur Sushma”? Remember celebrating that “Indian” feeling in the most manic, frenzied way possible, when the underdog Indian Cricket team won their first World Cup in 1983? Or the eagerness with which we looked forward to “Chitrahaar” on Doordarshan every Friday? Or the excitement with which we saw India’s very own Iron Lady rise to power?

You might have lived through it, maybe even loved it, but were definitely left with some indelible impression of it. That was the power of the 80s – a decade that was singularly responsible for changing the course of India’s history.

After a successful six-week run of ‘The 80s’ series, National Geographic Channel presents ‘The 80s: India’. Premiering on December 7, 2013 at 10 PM on National Geographic Channel, the one-hour special will take a look back at key events and moments from the decade, across politics, economics, television, film and sport, that have had an impact on the India of today. While the story of the decade is strung together through a series of interviews with established journalists, culturists, filmmakers and eminent researchers, unforgettable archival footage and photographs will give the audience a chance to revisit the most defining moments from the “retro” era.

Reminiscing about India in the 80s, actor John Abraham, the face of the channel, said, “I think one of my most significant memories of the decade was colour television. It felt like a whole new magical world had suddenly opened its doors to us. We couldn’t fathom it! Then of course, there was India’s Cricket World Cup victory of ‘83, cult films like ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’, ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’, ads such as Humara Bajaj that were pathbreaking for their time… How could one not fall in love with the 80s!”

Debarpita Banerjee, Vice-President, Marketing, National Geographic and Fox International Channels, said, “We received a great response to ‘The 80s’ series which covered a lot of what the world saw in the decade. Taking the thought forward, ‘The 80s India’ deep dives into what was shaking, shaping and rocking our country during the decade. From nostalgia to information – this special has a lot for the viewer of today.”

From the change in the political landscape following the assassination of Indira Gandhi, to the way the Maruti car mobilised middle class India, from the contrast between commercial and parallel cinema, to the Doordarshan phenomenon… Get ready to revive the 80s through first-hand accounts by Mahesh Bhatt, Santosh Desai, Vinod Dua, Subhash Ghai, Anurag Kashyap and many more.

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