The cable TV movement and further its digitization owe our sincere thanks as we became choosy as far as television viewing is concerned. Remembering pre-cable days is never a good idea but going down the memory lane, one can relive some of the shows that ruled the Indian television before the cable days like “Dekh Bhai Dekh,”and “Sriman-Srimati,” as a great comic timing. Entering into the world of Hindi sitcoms, we find ten desirable TV series making it to our list.
10. Tu-Tu Main Main:
The popular sitcom, “Tu-Tu Main Main,” was directed by Sachin Pilgaonkar which aired on DD Metro channel and later shifted on Star Plus in 1996. Thereafter the series ran for next 11 years. The storyline was based on usual arguments and bickering between a mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law.
It was a popular sitcom that first aired on Doordarshan in 1995. It starred Rakesh Bedi, Jatin Kankania, Reema Lagoo and Archana Puran Singh. The series was produced by Adhikari brothers. To an extent, Shrimaan Shrimati’s philosophy resembled with that of “love thy neighbor’s wife.”
8. Chidiya Ghar:
It is a comedy show which is telecasted on SAB TV on weekdays in the prime time slot. The show is centered at Narayan family of Varanasi. The interesting thing is that each family member has an animal’s quality and so is the name of their house, Chidiya Ghar, where Koyal, Gadha Prasad, Gotak, Naagin etc live happily.
The show was produced by UTV, which started its telecast on Star Plus in 2002. It was the first show, which adapted Western model of appearing in Seasons. The second Season was aired on Star One. The story line of Khichdi revolves around a Gujarati joint family, which faces typical Indian problems. Here funny bunch of people join a movement to get separated from the present household. Khichdi tries to exhibit the lighter side of an Indian joint family.
It is a popular sitcom aired on SAB TV. The story depicts a robust Haryanvi female cop, Chandramukhi Chautala and her two funny subordinates, head constable Gopi and constable Billu. The show showcases their funny acts, as they try to solve every case which arrives at Imaan Chowki, with several fun elements in it.
5. Tarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chasma:
This show is being telecasted on SAB TV. The serial’s background is set in a fictitious “Gokuldham Co-Operative Housing Society” in Mumbai, where multicultural people from different social backgrounds live together. The series is so much popular that in November last year it completed its 1000th episode, which is the record for any sitcom in the world. The story is primarily aimed at Jethalal Champaklal Gada and his family. This serial captures the drama happening in his everyday life and his interactions with other members of the society.
4. Zabaan Sambhal Ke:
This Hindi sitcom was set in 1990s, when the country was facing high unemployment problem. It is the Indian version of the Britain’s popular show “Mind Your Language,” which ran successfully for two seasons. The show featured veteran actors like Pankaj Kapoor, Viju Khote, Shobha Khote and Tom Alter.
3. Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai:
The show is about the life of an upper class Gujarati family, the Sarabhais of South Mumbai. The head of the family was Indravadan Sarabhai, who along with his wife Maya, played by Ratna Pathakand, and younger son Rosesh lives in an apartment while their older son Sahil and his wife Monisha used to live in a nearby apartment. The show received well-applauded response from the critics and public alike with great TRPs. The show is a poke at middle class and upper class.
It is a popular sitcom that premiered on SAB TV. The series starred veteran actor Pankaj Kapoor in the lead role of Mussadilal. The plot highlights the rampant corruption and bribery practice in government offices. The story basically is aimed at Mussadilal, or you can say, a common man, who falls prey at the hands of corrupt officials.
1. Dekh Bhai Dekh:
The greatest ever Hindi sitcom “Dekh Bhai Dekh,”was one of the most popular and original comedy, which was created by Aanand Mahendru and produced by Jaya Bachchan. It starred Shekhar Suman, Sushma Seth, Farida Jalal, Bhavna Balsawar etc in lead roles. The story revolves around the joint family of the Diwans. The characters speak volumes with their acting and their fighting spirit overcome the day-to-day troubles of a family.