Hum Log (television series)

Hum Log (English: We People) is an Indian television soap opera and also the first serial drama series in Hindi. It began telecast on Doordarshan, India's national network on 7 July 1984, then the only television channel of India.[1] It is the story of an Indian middle-class family of the 1980s and their daily struggles and aspirations.[2][3][4][5]

Hum Log
GenreSoap opera
Written byManohar Shyam Joshi
Directed byP. Kumar Vasudev
StarringVinod Nagpal
Jayshri Arora
Rajesh Puri
Abhinav Chaturvedi
Seema Bhargava
Divya Seth
Sushma Seth
Opening theme"Hum Log" by Anil Biswas
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes154
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running timeApprox. 25 minutes
Original networkDoordarshan
Picture format480i
Original release7 July 1984 (1984-07-07) –
17 December 1985 (1985-12-17)

It was created on the lines of a Mexican television series, Ven Conmigo (1975), using the education-entertainment methodology. The idea of the TV series came to then Information and Broadcasting Minister, Vasant Sathe, after a Mexican trip in 1982. Soon the idea for Hum Log was developed in collaboration with writer Manohar Shyam Joshi, who scripted the series, and filmmaker, P. Kumar Vasudev, who went on direct the series.[6][7] The title score was composed by music director Anil Biswas.

At the end of every episode, veteran Hindi film actor Ashok Kumar discussed the ongoing story and situations with the audience using Hindi couplets and limericks. In later episodes, introduced the actors who played various characters in the serial and end his monologue with the various Indian language versions of the words "Hum Log".

Cast and charactersEdit

Development and productionEdit

In 1984, Mexican television writer Miguel Sabido, who had written the popular Mexican telenovela on educational entertainment, Ven conmigo (Come with Me, 1975) on adult literacy, was invited to India. Working with local writer, he helped created the series which tackled social issues like family planning, caste harmony, empowerment of women, national integration, dowry, alcoholism and drug abuse.[1][8] Ven conimgo was in turned based on the a Peruvian telenovela, Simplemente María (Simply Maria, 1969-1971).[1]

The cast would meet for rehearsals at 3 pm at Himachal Bhavan, near Mandi House in Delhi, and thereafter a van would take them to a studio in suburb Gurgaon where it was shot.[6]


During its 17-month run, Ashok Kumar received over 400,000 letters from young viewers, asking him to convince their parents in marriage of their choice.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Stephanie Hegarty (27 April 2012). "How soap operas changed the world". BBC News. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Hum Log, 25 years on".
  3. ^ "An episode in history". Indian Express. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
  4. ^ Sinha, Meenakshi (8 July 2009). "25 years on, viewers still remember 'Hum Log'". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
  5. ^ "Hum Log: Revisiting that 80's show". Hindustan Times. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  6. ^ a b Alaka Sahani (23 August 2009). "Sister Act". Indian Express. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Looking back at Hum Log". Retrieved 8 July 2009.
  8. ^ Jeff Crider (20 September 1987). "Adult Literacy, Birth Control Addressed in Dramas : Third World Soaps Tackle Social Problems". LA Times. Retrieved 26 January 2016.

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