While discussing comedy shows on television, one show that is bound to crop up is definitely Khichdi. The setup of a family with some hilarious characters made for a laughter riot. The show is all set to make a comeback and the makers are currently finalising on the script. While the new series will feature the same talented cast of Anang Desai, Supriya Pathak, Vandana Pathak, Rajeev Mehta and JD Majethia, as per latest developments, Hum Apke Hai Koun actor Renuka Shahane has been signed to play a pivotal cameo.
The actor has been part of some iconic TV shows like Imtihaan, Circus and Kora Kagaaz and was last seen in a Disney show. While there is still not much clarity about Renuka’s character, show makers Aatish Kapadia and JD Majethia have reportedly roped in their children to play the role of Jackky and Chakki, the young kids on the show. Also, POW actor Sameksha and Balwinder Singh will play important roles. A source told indianexpress.com, “Star Plus is on a bid to recreate the magic of Khichdi. With no comedy show in its kitty, the channel wants to pump up its dropped ratings and has decided to place its bet on Khichi. The show had worked wonders and they are confident that the new season will once again rule the audience’s heart.”
Khichi was popular for its simple narration and interesting characters. From Praful being notoriously stupid and explaining things at face value to Hansa’s special ‘Hello Hawa, Khana Kha Ke Jaana’ and Babuji and Jayshree’s constant banter, the audience lapped it all up. The sitcom launched in 2002 on Star Plus, and became an instant craze. It launched its new season Instant Khichdi on Star Plus in 2005 but received average response. The makers also used the premise and characters to make Khichdi: The Movie. The first film in Indian cinema to be based on a television series performed well at the box office.
JD and Aatish, earlier this year, had got back their most popular sitcom Sarabhai vs Sarabhai as a web series on Hotstar. Even with the same actors and characters, the show did not manage to create a mark. Will the repackaged Khichdi work, only time will tell. The new series is expected to launch by next year.