Every time we look at what’s playing on TV, the strong urge to watch Sarabhai vs Sarabhai is almost visceral. Well, it need not be re-runs anymore because producer JD Majethia has announced that Indravadhan and Maya Sarabhai will be back with their madcap family and their shenanigans real soon. Only there is one big change, instead of TV, you will be able to watch them on Hotstar as a web series.
The show, which was on air from 2004-2006, will be back with the same cast but after having taken a leap of seven years. Talking about it to indianexpress.com, Majethia said, “We are starting the shoot by the end of this month. It will go on till April or first week of May.”
The producer added that the show is expected to go on Hotstar in May. The date hasn’t been decided yet. “The show will premiere very soon, mostly it will be May,” said Majethia, who also produced the original series. Sarabhai v Sarabhai 2 has been written by Aatish Kapadia. He will co-direct the web series with Deven Bhojani, who also plays a pivotal character on the show. The whole original cast of the sitcom is reuniting for the sequel and there will also be a few new characters, Majethia revealed.
When asked if he will make a cameo on the series, like he generally does on his shows, the actor-producer laughed and said, “Let’s see. I would love to but that will only happen if my directors feel there’s some character for me.” The original cast includes Rupali Ganguly, Ratna Pathak Shah, Sumeet Raghavan, Satish Shah and Rajesh Kumar.
What is Sarabhai vs Sarabhai 2 and what to expect?
The serial outlined the story of the Sarabhais, a dysfunctional upper-class family in Mumbai with a middle-class daughter-in-law, Monisha Sarabhai. What made the show even more special was that every character brought in a different kind of humour to the screen with them. Their acting was on point, and the Indian audience instantly connected with the family. The show’s lead roles were played by Satish Shah as Indravadan Sarabhai, Ratna Pathak as Maya Sarabhai, Sumeet Raghavan as Sahil Sarabhai, Rupali Ganguly as Monisha Sarabhai and Rajesh Kumar as Rosesh Sarabhai.
Satish Shah as Indravadhan Sarabhai
First up on the list is Indravadan Sarabhai played by Satish Shah. The humour, the wit and the one-liners, that is what defined the character of Indu Sarabhai who was always busy making fun of his son Rosesh’s poems. He’s been on a sabbatical ever since the last episode of Sarabhai aired apart from judging two seasons of Comedy Circus.
Our favourite Indu joke…
Indravadan Sarabhai: Arey wah! Yeh cake kis khushi mein?
Sahil Sarabhai: Mom inter-state scrabble competition mein first aayi hai.
Indravadan Sarabhai: Congratulations, Maya! Second kiska bachcha aya?
Ratna Pathak Shah as Maya Sarabhai
Played by Ratna Pathak, Maya Sarabhai definitely redefined saas-bahu rules with her witty digs at Monisha’s middle-class upbringing. Her dialogues, “so downmarket!” and “how middle-class” brought on tons of laughter. Ratna also hit it off on the big screen by essaying roles in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Kapoor and Sons, Nil Battey Sannata and Khoobsurat.
A typical Maya Sarabhai burn…
‘Monisha ye haila tak to theek tha but haichi is vernacularly middle class’
Rajesh Kumar as Rosesh Sarabhai
Out of all the characters, Rosesh Sarabhai’s character stood out and how! He could make fans go crazy over his poems, quite literary.
Here is a sample
Momma ka purse, jaise hospital ki pyaari koi nurse
Purse mein rakha tissue paper karta hai paseene ka ilaaj
Aur lipstick ho jaise, bhooke hotho ka anaj
Momma ke purse ka hai makhmali sa sparsh
Rupali Ganguly as Monisha Sarabhai
Monisha’s struggle to ward off her middle-class problems was definitely real. More so, with Maaya’s constant trolling! Rupali Ganguly was later seen in a number of other television shows, most recently in Parvarrish.
Her pet dialogue: “Sahil! Main ghar chhod ke jaa rahi hoon!”
Sumeet Raghavan as Sahil Sarabhai
Sahil Sarabhai, a low-key character who was the only shred of sanity in the family, was played by Sumeet Raghavan. His comic timing was impeccable while he was pulled between Maya and Monisha.
Here’s when Sarabhai vs Sarabhai cast came together last year…
And if that is not enough, we leave you with a Rosesh poem to keep you going till Sarabhai vs Sarabhai returns…
Indu Sarabhai agar paapad hote…
Toh hum likhte pichle pachpan saal se mashoor – swadisht, kurkure, sakene mein aasan.
Lekin wo to papad…
Nahi! Woh toh hai insaan!
Aayega unki 55th birthday party mein mazza…
Jahan dinner hoga Italian…
Not poori, pulao aur do mishtan farsaan
Keep them coming Rosesh.