Ravi Chopra – The man without whom childhood wouldn't have been as sweet
Growing up, Sunday was everybody's favourite day. It probably still is. But it was different for the 90s kids. It was the only day when there were interesting television shows which we were allowed to watch. There weren't a lot of channels to choose from.
But the national television then had a lot to offer. And for us, Sunday mornings were a treat. Every Sunday, after breakfast we would start with cartoons and soon be joined by our parents for 'Mahabharat'. As Mahender Kapoor started singing the title song, my mother would start hurrying with her chores, and my father would be sure to put the newspaper down, or put down the last letters in his crossword.
If I was spending my summer vacations with my grandparents, I was sure my grandma would have set her alarm clock to see Krishna in all his glory on television, looking on with such immense devotion, as if God himself has come down to feature on the little black and white screen.
Even though Ramanand Sagar's 'Ramayan' was already being telecasted, I loved this epic more. It was part of the ritual.
The death of Ravi Chopra brought back all the nostalgia of 90s television.
Belonging to the illustrious director producer BR Chopra, Ravi Chopra is also the nephew of Yash Chopra. He had directed several movies, including 'The Burning Train' and more recently 'Baghbaan'.
But he will be remembered for the television epic 'Mahabharat' which is considered a cult classic on the small screen, and also was screened on BBC. Many well known faces of today started or built their careers through the show.
He worked with BR Chopra and Yash Chopra as an assistant director for several films. He also produced and co-produced many flicks, many of which went on to do well at the Box Office. After his father's death in 2006, Ravi Chopra has only produced 'Bhoothnath' and the more recent 'Bhoothnath Returns'
His passing away is a sad day for Bollywood, but his legend will continue to live on for all those people who grew up in an era where television was a privilege. He made our weekends a cultural event - with the three generations of the same family watching a single show with the same amount of devotion as you may see in a temple.
(Pic courtesy - DNA)