Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Stands the test of time substantially
Raghuveer | 01/26/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you are reading this, you probably loved the serial 'Malgudi days' on good old doordarshan and want to know how endearing it still is. Or you love the books and want to check how they are adapted to the celluloid.
The good news is that the episodes still look good and fresh. Admittedly, the repeat value for some of the episodes (which is an important consideration when you buy a dvd) is non-existent so this is something you would want to factor in your decision to buy. Some of the stories seem simplistic but that is a trait of RKN's writing (and is probably a tribute to small-town life - you do not have to complicate something that is inherently simple).
The DVD itself is packaged well and there is a neat booklet that serves as a guide for each episode. There are no other extras but since when did DVD's from India incorporate them? Still, it would have been nice if some commentary or critique were included given the popularity of Malgudi.
If you are remotely interested in the world of Malgudi, then this is a worthy buy and a fine way to indulge in nostalgia of tiled houses, elephants on roads and the easy pace of life in a bygone era of south India. Just don't expect anything earth-shattering though. IMO, Vaidyanathan's title music itself is worth the price of admission - Tanana-tanananana."
A peep into colonial native India
Jigyasu | Nashville, TN | 10/19/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Malgudi Days" was a much appreciated series on state run Indian television. The series itself was dramatization of R.K. Narayan's collection of short stories. All stories happen in the fictional town of Malgudi in pre-independence India and are an interesting social insight in the rural India rarely seen in the cliched Bollywood productions or even in so called progressive Indian cinema.
A must for anyone interested in Indian cinematological history."