Malgudi Days is an Indian television series based on the works of R.K. Narayan. The series was directed by Kannada actor and director Shankar Nag. Carnatic musician L. Vaidyanathan composed the score. R. K Narayan’s brother and acclaimed cartoonist R. K. Laxman was the sketch artist.The series was made in 1986 by film producer T. S. Narasimhan with Anant Nag as the lead actor.
Thirty-nine episodes of Malgudi Days were telecast on Doordarshan. Subsequently, it was re-telecast on Doordarshan and later onSony Entertainment Television, and MAA Television in Telugu. This series was shot entirely near Agumbe in Shimoga District,Karnataka.
Today,I start with first episode of Malgudi Days, Swami and Friends.
Swami and Friends revolves around the ife of ten-year-old Swaminathan, or Swami as he is known. Swami portrays the growing pangs of a boy who despises school, as he makes excuses and roams around Malgudi with his friends. Swami’s father works in a government office and his mother is a housewife. At home, Swami shares his adventures with his aged granny, who lovingly addresses him as “Chamy.” Swami has two close friends: Mani and RajaM, the son of the police chief superintendent. Swami’s character was portrayed by Manjunath, a regular actor in many of Shankar Nag’s productions.
The Vendor of Sweets narrates the story of a sweet vendor, Jagan, his business and confrontation with his son who had returned from abroad. The title role was played byKannada actor Anant Nag, and most of the actors cast in this serial were from the Kannada film industry. It was directed by Shankar Nag.
Following is the video of 1st episode named ‘A Hero’ .Swami is a 9-year-old boy living in Malgudi with his parents and grandmother. His father reads a newspaper article about the bravery shown by an 8-year-old boy and feels that Swami should do something similar. Swami has the habit of sleeping with his grandmother after listening to a story told by her. This irritates his father. Swami’s father then challenges, or rather forces, him to sleep in his office. When Swami tells his friends of the ordeal, his friends warn him about a ghost living near the office. When Swami sleeps in his father’s office he has nightmares about the ghost and wakes up with a start. At the same time, Swami spots an intruder breaking into the office. Mistaking him for the ghost, Swami grabs the intruder’s leg and yells for help. The members of the house rush inside the office and catch the intruder. The police tell Swami that the intruder was a thief wanted by the police and congratulate him. The incident is published in the Malgudi Times. Little Swami is so scared after the incident that he starts sleeping with his grandmother again.
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