Anang Desai decodes Khichdi’s success: ‘Even if the show was about idiosyncrasies of a dysfunctional family, it had a logic’


Even today when it is telecast, people watch it happily.”
So, how does he compare the humour of today with that of Khichdi, or similar sitcoms back then? The humour comes from the way his lines are written. So, have the strength to handle any bleak period of life. We didn’t think about its popularity then,” the actor added. It had a third run in 2018 titled Khichdi Returns. Even if it was about the idiosyncrasies of a dysfunctional family, it had a logic. Khichdi first premiered on television in 2002 and aired two seasons – Khichdi and Instant Khichdi (2005). Khichdi became a blockbuster, a brand. He shared, “I was already doing television, mostly serious roles. Nobody has the time to train you on set. Post that I started getting comedy roles. “The writing of Aatish is very specific. Of course we cannot compare with the collections of films with big stars. It’s good to pay attention to looks and body, but a training in acting is better any day. But, I won’t do anything in foul language or nudity. “Initially, all we wanted was to make a good product. Desai revealed that the entire cast spoke in the rhythm of Aatish Kapadia’s writing. Written by Mimansa Shekhar
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Khichdi premiered on Indian television in 2002. It was so good, I was floored with its unusual concept. The actor, who celebrates his birthday today, revisited how he landed the blockbuster TV show. Today, I’m known more in comic genre. You don’t get to do such roles often,” he added. So, every actor tried to improve the performance, but obviously in consultation with the director,” Desai said. We didn’t tamper with it much. I’m very specific about it,” he said. We hadn’t seen such kind of a show ever. “It’s a good opportunity and I’m open to doing it. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. In the meantime, Khichdi: The Movie (2010) was also made, that became the first film in Hindi cinema to be based on a TV show. But the veteran actor believes his fan favourite character of Tulsidas Parekh aka Babuji in television series Khichdi is his landmark role. Commenting on the change he sees in the entertainment industry as compared to the early 2000s, Desai shared, “There’s been a great technical advancement, be it any medium. (Photo: Hotstar)
The USP of Khichdi is the comic timing of its characters and the dialogues. People are reaping opportunities from digitalisation. Then Khichdi happened and I received a lot of love. One day, the show’s writer-director Aatish Kapadia and producer JD Majethia called me to offer Khichdi. I instantly agreed. Though I’m glad I got to do varied roles on television, but Khichdi gave me a new identity,” Desai exclusively told indianexpress.com. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd

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Khichdi He visualises the character very distinctly and definitely. As an advice to the aspiring actors, he pointed out, “There might be new opportunities, but there is uncertainty of work in the entertainment industry. Also understanding of the language in which you plan to perform is important.”

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“Aatish’s narration is brilliant. Anang Desai has done work across mediums in his 40-year-long acting career. Khichdi also starred Rajeev Mehta, Supriya Pathak, Vandana Pathak and others. “Till the time it has good characters and script, it’s good. Commenting on how many felt the film wasn’t at par with the TV show, Desai opined, “The popularity of the TV show was the reason why we got the idea of making the film. The professionalism has also improved.”

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But Desai also has his preferences when it is about taking up an OTT project. They wanted me to hear the script of the first episode and then take a call. Comedy doesn’t only mean making faces.”
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