Dear Mr. Deven Bhojani, As the director and one of the actors of Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, this is my sincere and heartfelt request to you; one that is echoed by millions of Indians the world over: Please bring back Sarabhai vs Sarabhai. There are many reasons why so many of us want to watch arguably the best comic serial on Indian TV again. I know you said some time back that Sarabhai vs Sarabhai is not going to return with another season, but may I please ask you to reconsider? Look at all the reasons why you should do so.
Sarabhai vs Sarabhai – A genuinely funny show
In a sea of fake ‘reality’ shows of mind numbing boredom (I speak only for myself here; their remarkable popularity means that others don’t think so), sobbing sasu-mas and boohooing bahus, there is a stark paucity of genuinely funny shows on TV today. Sure there are good standup comedy shows to be seen, but no serial that comes close to the caliber of Sarabhai vs Sarabhai.
Shows that pass for comedy mostly seem to rely on slapstick – the trip and fall over kind of comedy or unfunny regional or linguistic stereotypes and loud, over the top hamming that passes for acting. With Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, even the saas-bahu angle was hugely funny. Even the ‘deaf’ jokes, featuring Madhusudan –bhai were made in a non offensive; classy way!
In writer Aatish Kapadia’s writing, there was charm and wit and a great insight into human idiosyncrasies. The show also sometimes made some telling social comments but never in a preachy way; they were always tempered by some seeming absurdity. Social pretenses and hypocrisies were so well brought out and so subtly, that the viewer could not but chuckle and nod their head in rueful agreement.
Sarabhai vs Sarabhai had terrific actors
The inimitable Satish Shah as Indravadan Sarabhai, the hugely talented Ratna Pathak Shah as Maya, that vastly underrated and brilliant actor Sumeet Raghavan as Sahil did truly marvelous jobs. Even Rajesh Kumar as the annoying Rosesh and Rupali Ganguly as loud, unsophisticated good old middle class Monisha were brilliant in their roles.
Why even you, Mr Bhojani as the crazy mechanical and electrical expert that everyone ran from – you were simply brilliant. More than once you had me in stitches at your deadpan – “I’ll explain….” Who did the casting for this show, Mr Bhojani? I would like to shake their hand! Each actor had terrific comic timing, they complemented each other and worked so well in tandem!
It was a show that I could watch with my entire family
While this show was laugh out loud funny, it never depended upon any double entendres or risqué or lewd humour. And it wasn’t arcane or esoteric humour either – everyone, regardless of their age, ‘gets’ Sarabhai vs Sarabhai.
This was a show I could watch with my entire family and still do I have to add (those wishing to watch episodes of Sarabhai vs Sarabhai can do so on the Star TV website). I think that most of the current shows – the non funny comedies, those highly inaccurate ‘historical’ sagas, the daily soaps, virulent vamps and hapless heroines, or the scripted ‘reality’ shows – are really not worth my time and certainly are not suitable for my children.
Another season of Sarabhai vs Sarabhai will give you a chance to win yet more awards
Sarabhai vs Sarabhai won so many while it was on – best serial awards, best director and best actor awards…. You yourself won three Best Director Awards for the serial Mr Bhojani – wouldn’t you like to win some more?
Do also tell Mr Satish Shah – that this long-term fan of his (from the days of Yeh do hai Zindagi and Jaane Bhi do Yaroon with “thoda khao thoda phenko”) thinks that he did some of his best and most memorable work in Sarabhai vs Sarabhai as the irrepressible Indravadan. Also if you could pass on the message to Sumeet Raghavan – not only was he brilliant in Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, I also remember him from the Hindi film spoofs he did so many years ago: ‘Chholey’ (Sholay) and Mera Gown Mera Dress (Mera Gaon Mera Desh).
Satish Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Rupali Ganguly, Rajesh Kumar, Rita Bhaduri (Ilaben), Arvind Vaidya (Madhusudan bhai aka he he kumar) and Tarla Joshi (Ba) and of course you Mr Bhojani – we would all like to see you back – won’t you oblige us – sometime in the not so distant future?
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