Mind the Malhotras is a slice-of-life series: Mini Mathur and Cyrus Sahukar


Mini: India has always been in therapy. Also, Cyrus is a spontaneously humourous guy, so there were times when the crew couldn’t stop laughing. The jokes and punches were integrated well, so it became funny. Popular Photos

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Cyrus: I think there is a serious lack of therapists. Earlier we didn’t pay for it but rather went to friends and family with our issues. They would usually say ‘adjust kar lo, all these things happen’. The human race is such that it has to confide to another. How did you guys manage to shoot with a straight face? It’s only the people watching who will laugh at it. In India, therapy is still considered either an alien or elite concept. Mind the Malhotras is clean and fun. There is a shortage of this kind of conversation. The entire family can come together to watch it. And then we went to people, who were biased, and made you feel you are always right. Everyone was in splits while the director tried hard to get us back to work (laughs). 0
Comment(s) They are in love and want to be together. TV was all about naagin, bhagwan and kitchen politics. Their advice depends on the same trauma. Being good friends for years, their chemistry is infectious. They want someone to listen to the issues they have with each other and so go to the therapist. The problem is we usually go to our friends, who are our age group and have made the same mistakes. It is a slice-of-life story of common people. As for parents, they help according to their experiences. Cyrus: This is one show which will lead to no negotiation, as the entire family will agree to watch it. And through our show, at least the stigma will go away. The show talks about a couple seeking therapy. I have had a successful stint as a TV host but never did anything on an individual basis. Also, going to a professional doesn’t mean you are cuckoo bananas, as therapy is not only during bad times. It is not too long. The actors also shared that their bonding helped them work in a much easier and smoother way. In films, if not the heroine, you would get to play a sidekick, a weird maa or a blind sister. But it’s a very relatable subject. Like in our show, the characters are normal people who are not finding the situation comical. And yes, recently, the elite and urban have realised that it’s better to reach out to a professional, who won’t judge but will listen to you. More Explained

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Mini: It is a first of its kind. I was not convinced that I could do that. There is a role tailor-made for every actor. Advertising

Mini: The characters are actually very normal and have issues which all of us face. That’s how we are. It is just that we have presented it in a light way. With digital media, there is space for different stories and characters. Do you feel the audience will be able to relate to the content? Advertising

Ahead of the release of their web series, Cyrus Sahukar and Mini Mathur sat down for an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com. Excerpts from the freewheeling conversation:
From what we have seen in the trailer, Mind the Malhotras seems to be a laugh riot. Mini, although you have been in the industry for a long time, this is your first full-fledged role. Why should the audience watch Mind the Malhotras? Cyrus: There are times when comedy comes out of serious situations. Cyrus: But we don’t really know if they were laughing with us or at us. Mini: Absolutely. Do you feel the web has finally opened acting doors for artistes like you? Mini: Yes, even in this show, the couple wants to pre-empt the disaster. I think the need for therapists will dramatically increase. It is very light and easy watch, and as Mini said, a slice-of-life show.