Posts tagged Jayshree
TV’s most loved, most deranged family is readying itself to be unleashed on film. And if our conversation with all its actors is anything to go by, it might just be as riotous
Malay Desai (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 26, 2010)
What began as a joke is now… well, a bigger joke. Khichdi, the TV series christened after the ubiquitous rice-lentil dish of the subcontinent, will be served on a larger platter — the big screen, this week. The promoters are relaying this from the rooftops, and with good reason.
After all, no other product of our TV heritage - Hum Log, Malgudi Days, CID et al has made it to 70mm, a trend the West adopted years ago.
The sitcom, a brainchild of writer Aatish Kapadia and then Gujarati film actor Jamnadas Majethia opened in 2002 amidst a wave of expensive game shows and melodramatic soaps.
It took self-deprecating humour to a new high (or low, as some might feel) and grabbed TRPs. Its second season wound up at its peak in 2005, but not before beginning a trend of Gujarati characters in TV serials, earlier set only by ‘Malhotra’-esque Punjabis.
The serial’s Parekh family, played by veteran actors of the vernacular stage is now etched in telly history: Anang Desai, aka ‘Babujee’, the timid head of the family, ‘Jayshree’; his gossip-loving daughter-in-law (Nimisha Vakharia); the idiotic couple, ‘Praful-Hansa’ (the endearing Rajiv Mehta and Supriya Pathak) while producer Jamnadas Majethia himself is Himanshu the buffoon. The two More >
India’s first TV serial is made into a movie
TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 25, 2010)While making movies based on popular TV shows has been a much-accepted trend in Hollywood (The Simpsons, Sex and the City, etc), Bollywood is now warming up to the concept. And the cult comedy show Khichdi is the first Indian serial that has been made into a movie. The show that was produced by Hats Off Productions was aired in 2002. It went on to win many awards and the serial was sorely missed when it was wrapped up. Says producer Jamnadas (JD) Majethia, “People were demanding that we bring back the serial, but we wanted to do something different.”
In a research conducted in July, the characters of Hansa, Praful, Babuji, Himanshu and Jayshree from Khichdi were rated high on recall and likeability value. “Our film promises to take this madness 10 notches higher,” says writer-director Aatish Kapadia. Those who are new to the comedy need not worry. “It is not necessary to have seen the serial to enjoy the film, as the humour will entertain people of all ages. There are very few good clean comedy films that can one watch with the entire family… that’s the promise of Khichdi – The Movie!,” says Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios. As part of an unique promotion they have started showing the film to family audiences to build momentum. “These screenings have More >