Taa naa naa, tanna nana naa, taa naa naa, tanna nana naa... the beloved town of Malgudi where millions of 90s kids lived their childhood in daydreams is set to come to life. In a tribute to Shankar Nag, director and actor of popular television series – Malgudi Days, Indian railways has decided to rename the Arasalu railway station in Karnataka as Malgudi. The parts of the series were shot at this station.
The hit RK Narayan novel, which was the basis of the namesake TV series, unfolds in a quiet little town Malgudi. The stories surrounding the exploits of Swami and his friends are set in the pre-Independence era. Boys running around in dhotis, caps and jackets amongst Austin and Hindustan cars, playing cricket or chasing boats. It was a town every child wanted to live in.
Much of the plot of the stories developed around the railway station, which also donned the posters of the TV series. In a tribute to glorious past, the railways has decided to rename the Arasalu railway station in Shivamogga district as Malgudi station.
Other than renaming the station, the Indian Railways also plans to renovate it, as the place where most the series was shot is not in a very good condition. The railways have a budget of Rs 1.3 crore to invest in the station, reports said.
The Yeshwantpur-Mysuru Express that runs in Karnataka was renamed as Malgudi Express in 2011.
Watch the credits of the 90s classic Malgudi days:
You can also rewatch the series on Youtube.