Hum Log (1984-1985) was a very popular Hindi soap which started on Doordarshan in 1984. The Indian public loved the show and the characters became legend and a very common topic of discussion.
It was a story of an Indian middle class family and their daily life struggles. Being the first soap-opera on Indian TV (Doordarshan), it captivated everybody (even if for the simple reason there was nothing else on TV!).
The plot revolves around a lower-middle-class Indian family living in Delhi : the drinking, singing father; the long-suffering, hard-working mother; their three daughters (ahh, the plight of a father with many daughters in India!) and one son; the grandparents; and the foreign-settled cousins.
The eldest daughter is a feminist (“Badki”), anti-dowry; the middle wants to have fun (“majli” = middle); and the youngest (“chutki” = small one) is in school, I think.
The son wants to make money, and gets involved with a rich family (marrying into money). Just showed their everyday life. At the end of the show, veteran Hindi film actor Ashok Kumar used to discuss the on-going story and situations with the audience in his unique style always ending his lines with Hum Log.
Cast of Characters:
Basesar: Was the father and was an alcoholic. Played by Vinod Nagpal
Bhagwanti: The mother was a housewife and used to sleep in her kitchen itself. Played by Jayashree Arora.
Lallu: The eldest son, unemployed and looking for a job. Played by Rajesh Puri
Nanhe: The younger son. Played by Abhinav Chaturvedi
Badki: The eldest daughter, Played by Seema Bhargava
Majhli: The second daughter, Played by Divya Seth
Chutki: The youngest daughter. Played by Loveleen Mishra
Dadaji: Retired teacher and the grandfather.
Dadi: Grandmother, played by Sushma Seth
– Courtesy (Shantanu’s Blog)