This show, which touched a chord with thousands of TV viewers at the turn of the century, was a comment on our bureaucracy. First aired on SAB TV in 2000, it took a scathing dig at the exploits of a man who runs into red tape, corrupt officials and middlemen in the government.
Rukmani (Ratna Pathak Shah) and Prashant (Satish Shah) were back as Maya and Indravadan Sarabhai on Star One, a few pounds richer and heavier, living in a swish SoBo apartment. Their sons were called Sahil (Sumeet Raghavan) and Rosesh (Rajesh Kumar). Sahil had a wife, the ‘downmarket’ Monisha Sarabhai (Rupali Ganguly), bullied by her ‘prim and propah’ saas. Remember the catchphrase, ‘Don’t mind me beta, I’m just making a point’?
Jassi Walia, with her nerdy glasses, braces, clumsy ways and a heart of gold won over her colleagues, her handsome boss and all of us. The story of an ordinary girl with dreams of making it big, Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi was a departure from the saas-bahu soaps which were a staple on Indian television at that time. The show’s script made the audience connect with the geeky protagonist. So popular did the Sony show become that fashion designers launched Jassi collections and the Indian postal department even issued a first-day cover featuring the protagonist, played by Mona Singh, on the show’s first anniversary.
It was a popular sit com, which was also used to air on Doordarshan. Rakesh Bedi, Reema Lagoo, and Archana Puran Singh were the mean leads of the show. Keku and Koki’s constant ‘nok-jhok’ was the highlight of this serial. Remember the tune, “Shrimaaaaan jiii, pyaari Shrimatii jii”?
This family drama was one of the finest comedies on Indian television. The story was of three brothers, their wives, their sisters and parents who used to live together. The gist or the message of the serial was ‘Ekta me anekta’. No one can forget the character of Brigadier Khachru played by Sudhir Pandey.
This show was the Indian version of the British sitcom ‘Mind Your Language’. One of the most acclaimed actors Pankaj Kapoor played the role of Mohan Bharti, a hindi teacher. This show dealt with the issues like “I hate my job” and “culturle shock”.
The Nok-Jhok of saas-bahu was the main U.S.P of this show. Reema Lagoo as Mother-in-law and Supriya Pilgaonkae as daughter-in-law created sheer magic on screen through their comical arguments and bickering. Every other ‘saas-bahu’ used to connect with this show.
One of the most memorable sitcoms of the 90’s, this show had us laughing at Mr. Anand Mathur and his troubles brought on by his nagging wife, and five wearisome daughters.
Unlike other family shows, Khichdi was different in its own sense. The usage of instant witty lines by every distinct character was the highlight of the show. It was the first T.V series to adopt a style of deadpan humor. Prafful and Hansa Parekh were the two characters which became the U.S.P of the show. Though it had second season called Instant Khichdi.