Before we start, let me clear you that Malgudi is a fictional town that was located in South India, and often mentioned in the short stories and novels of R. K. Narayan.
In the books, Malgudi was created by Sir Fredrick Lawley, who is a fictional British officer in the 19th century. He created the village by developing and combining a few villages.
Do you remember the popular TV serial ‘Malgudi Days’ of the 1980’s. The show was based on the works of R. K. Narayan. The whole show was made on the collection of the short stories and presented to a wide audience in the form of Tele Series.
There’s no denying that the character of the little boy, Swami, was one of the most important characters in the Tele series Malgudi Days.
The character of Swami was portrayed by Manjunath Nayaker. He was famous by the name of Master Manjunath.
This brilliant child artist also played the young version of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan in the Agneepath starring Amitabh Bachchan.
In his glorious days as a child artist in the entertainment industry, Master Manjunath also worked in some Kannada movies.
The cute boy of ‘Malgudi Days’ grew up and become a huge man. Manjunath Nayakar is now in his thirties, and well settled in his home at Bangalore.
He narrated his journey in short to reporters saying, “Post films, I finished my education, and like every other Bangalorean I too got into IT.
But I am a people’s man, couldn’t do a 9 to 5 job so I joined another firm where I worked for 14 years.
Today I am happily married and have a 5-year-old son and now I work for myself as a consultant in Public Relations.”
It looks like Manjunath Nayakar is well settled in his life and doesn’t want to pursue his journey as an actor.
However, he is always loved and appreciated for the iconic characters he played in movies and Television serials as a child artist.
He was often seen hanging out with celebrities. He is quite active on his social handles and he often posts his pics.
The narration of the Malgudi days is very simple. The whole story of the series revolves around the people who live in the small town of Malgudi. People in Malgudi live a simple life and faces several tribulations as trials.
Malgudi Days is one of the most popular Indian Television series that started in 1986. Malgudi days were filmed in both English as well as Hindi.
The first 13 episodes of the Malgudi days were filmed in both English as well as Hindi. While all the 54 episodes of the Malgudi days were filmed in Hindi.
The series was directed by Shankar Nag, who is a popular actor and director in Kannada movies. The background score for the tele series was created by Carnatic musician L. Vaidyanathan.
The sketch artist for the show was the younger brother of the writer R.K. Narayan’s R. K. Laxman. R. K. Laxman is an acclaimed cartoonist.
The whole tele Series Malgudi Days was made by the film producer T. S. Narasimhan. Later, the series was revived for 15 episodes in 2006. All the episodes in 2006 were directed by Kavitha Lankesh.
The series Malgudi Days are adapted from the short stories collection that is written by R. K. Narayan in his books Malgudi Days, An Astrologer’s Day, A Horse and Two Goats, and many other short stories. The show also includes his novels Swami and Friends, and The Vendor of Sweets.
The television series Malgudi Days consists of thirty-nine episodes. The show was first telecast on Doordarshan in 1986. The major part of the Tele-series Malgudi days was shot in Agumbe village in Shimoga district in Karnataka.
Some episodes of the tele series were filmed in Bengaluru, and a few episodes of the tele-series were shot in Devarayanadurga that was located in the Tumakuru district in Karnataka. One special trivia about the show is that episode Nitya was completely shot in Devarayanadurga.
The tele series project of Malgudi days was revived by the filmmaker Kavitha Lankesh in the year 2004. She replaced the director Shankar Nag but follows the direction style of the Shankar Nag while directing episodes of Malgudi Days.
Again, the show was telecasted on Doordarshan from 26th April 2006. The Indian Railways decided to rename the Arasalu Railway station into Malgudi Railway Station. This station lies in Shimoga District.