Baa Bahoo Aur Baby
|Baa Bahoo Aur Baby|
A promotional image of "Baa Bahoo Aur Baby"
|Created by||Hats Off Productions|
|Written by||Aatish Kapadia|
|Directed by||Sameer Kulkarni
|Creative director(s)||Deven Bhojani|
|Opening theme||"Baa Bahoo Aur Baby" by Vinod Rathod|
|Country of origin||India|
|Original language(s)||Hindi (dominant)
|No. of seasons||2|
|Running time||Season 1
Fri–Sat: 20 minutes
Sun: 40 minutes
Season 2: 40 minutes
|Original network||Star Plus|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)
|Original release||5 August 2005 – 21 February 2010|
Baa Bahoo Aur Baby (colloquially known as BBB or B3) is an Indian television dramedy series that aired in prime time on Star Plus between 2005 and 2010. The series was produced by Hats Off Productions and centered on a fictitious Thakkar family, living in Parla East, Mumbai.
The series tracks the story of an elderly woman Godavari Thakkar and her family, consisting of six sons, two daughters and their spouses and children. Godavari, who hails from a very rich family, lives in her father's mansion, the famous Krishna Villa in Parla East, Mumbai, given to her by her late brother and sister-in-law Guvanti, who, with her child Raju, are settled in the United States.
The last episode of the first season showed the family celebrating Godavari's 65th Birthday. The cast was seen wearing the same dresses in the farewell broadcast of the show. The show did return with a second season, but it was eventually cancelled.
The title has two meanings. A simple meaning tells that this show is about "Baa" (Mother in Gujarati), Bahoo (Daughter-in-law in Hindi), and Baby: Referring to Beti (Daughter). Another meaning told in Season 2, Episode 1 was that the title refers to Godavari. She is Baa, Bahoo and Baby i.e. daughter (as the house is her father's) of Krishna Villa.
The series premiered on 5 August 2005 on Star Plus channel airing Friday through Sunday evenings. In mid-2006, the show started airing for 1 hour on Fridays.
Season 2 of the show was weekly, and aired for an hour on Sundays in its short run.
This series revolves around Godavari Thakkar (Sarita Joshi) and her family. She is the head of the Thakkar Family, despite her husband Labhshankar Thakkar (Arvind Vaidya) being alive, who is indulged in drinking and he is accused for never supporting his family financially or morally. Labhshankar ruined his whole working years, by spending all his money on alcohol (a reason Arvind hates him) and Godavari had to run a tiffin service to raise up her children, and they lived in a small room, until Gunvanti gave them the Krishna Villa to live. Godavari has 5 sons, Arvind; a strict and old fashioned insurance agent, Pravin; a mischievous and stingy saree businessman, Harshad; a very successful doctor, Subodh; a playful actor, Gopal; a mentally ill grown child, and Hemal; the adopted son who works in a Call Centre and later in a bank. The family also includes her daughter-in-laws, Leela; Arvind's playful wife, Praveena; Praveen's wife who is naughty and athletic and a saree businesswoman, Shilpa; wife of Harshad and also a doctor, Meenakshi; the shy and slow wife of Subodh, and Gudiya; the Punjabi wife of Hemal (introduced late in the series). Godavari's two daughters are Charubala: a sophisticated woman who always shows off, married to Tushar and living in the town, and Radhika, who is handicapped and a very stubborn girl who is often seen talking rudely. Among the children are Dimple and Jigar, quite grown up children of Arvind and Leela, Mehul, Maitali and Chaitali, children of Praveen and Praveena, Simrun Bhyani: daughter of Charubala and Tushar, Saumil and Saloni, children of Harshad and Shilpa, Manav and later Disha, children of Subodh and Meenakshi, and Lucky, adoptive child of Hemal and Gudiya. Also, the house has a cook Rajja and a worker, Narsi Kaka.
Godavari rules her family strictly and is often called "Hitler","JhogMaya" and "MogamBaa" by her family members mostly by Praveena. Her sons have different qualities and share the blessings of life. Their wives are often worried due to household burdens, but they end up being happy. They face different problems and misunderstanding that were often created between the family members. Normal day to day scenarios are shown as the family deals with their lives in a joint family and deal with challenges. Due to being handicapped, Baby is unable to find a husband, and even Anish does not accept her, instead he admits he loves Dimple, while Baby loved Anish. This is often shown as a sign of grief for Baby throughout the series. Godavari's Krishna Villa has certain rules, saying no one can come in the house with shoes, no food from outside can come, and each brother had to give 10000 per month (later 15000) for household expenses. "Jeev hatiya", killing of animals and even insects, is strictly forbidden. They are pure vegetarians and no kind of meat or eggs are allowed. Throughout the series, Baa writes in a secret Red Book no one else is allowed to read.
The first season showed that Baa (Godavari) ruled her family strictly and responsibly. Her daughter Baby (Radhika Thakkar) had polio (making her legs of no use) and her son Gattu (Gopal Thakkar) is a little bit mentally disturbed due to the poverty she faced and her unavailability as working as a cook to raise her children. Hemal was told to be adopted by Godavari, when her sister-in-law Gunvanti insisted. After nearly 175 episodes, Baa invited her son Dr. Harshad Thakkar back to the house after a 5-year period. Harshad was expelled from the house due to an unknown reason which was later revealed. Midway through the season, Godavari's daughter-in-law, Praveena, died in a building collapse. Her son Hemal then got married to Gudiya. Dimple (Godavari's granddaughter) was married to Anish Kotak. Baby finds a husband, Birju: a pleasant young man, and gets engaged to him. In the end of the first season, an author, Asha Ji, proposed to Baa to write her biography, and Baa agrees.
In the second season, The Krishna Villa is renovated. Baby finally marries Birju, and they later settle in America with Birju's Mother and Taima. Jigar also gets engaged to Rim Jhim Talwar and later marries her, pursuing his career as an actor.
In the final episode of Season 2, Harshad returns home and tells Godavari that Asha Ji has completed the book. The book gets published titled 'Baa, Bahoo Aur Baby'. A launching ceremony for the book is held where Godavari gives an impressive speech. She addresses a meeting of her family members, each of which have the book's copy, telling the book is all about them, and Baa is grateful to them. In the end, a 3-year later scenario is shown. Arvind and Leela finally are visiting America to welcome Dimple's coming child (a dream of Leela to visit America was shown throughout the series) . Pravin is shown with his children, Mehul, now a fashion designer; Mitali, an Air-Hostess; and Chaitali, a model. Harshad and Shilpa open a hospital on Godavari's name. Meenakshi is again becoming a mother and is joined by her son and daughter while crying. Gudiya gave birth to two twin girls. Rim Jhim starts a catering house and Babuji stops drinking, now helping Rim Jhim. Baby returns with Birju from Germany, with her polio cured and she is finally able to walk, and has a son named Ahan. The family opened a child-care centre for Gattu, where he would take care of all the children who came there: on the name of Gattuki. The Thakkar Family won the "Family of The Decade Award". Saloni wrote a poem on the different members of the family and their attributes. The season ends with a final photo of the family.
Gattu's character, portrayed by Deven Bhojani, was used in the 2012 Drama Serial Alaxmi Ka Super Parivar where he came as the nephew of Natwarlal and Mohandas.
The Drama was dubbed in Gujarati and English and aired on many channels.
Counted amongst the TRP-breaking shows, Baa Bahoo aur Baby taught family values, character development, manners and typical joint family norms, going down as a gem in the History of Indian Classics.
- Main Cast
- Sarita Joshi as Godavari Thakkar (Baa)
- Arvind Vaidya as Labhshankar Thakkar (Babuji)
- Rajeev Mehta as Arvind Thakkar
- Lubna Salim as Leela Thakkar
- Paresh Ganatra as Praveen Thakkar
- Vaishali Thakkar as Praveena Thakkar
- Nimisha Vakharia as Charubala Bhayani (née Thakkar)
- Nitin Vakharia as Tusshar Bhayani
- Jamnadas Majethia as Dr. Harshad Thakkar
- Sonali Sachdeva as Dr. Shilpa Thakkar
- Rajesh Kumar as Subodh Thakkar
- Suchita Trivedi as Meenakshi Thakkar
- Deven Bhojani as Gopal "Gattu" Thakkar
- Kamlesh Oza as Hemal Thakkar
- Sweta Keswani as Gurinder "Gudiya" Thakkar
- Benaf Dadachandji as Radhika "Baby" Mehta (née Thakkar)
- Amit Varma as Birju Mehta
- Manva Naik as Dimple Kotak (née Thakkar)
- Gautam Rode as Anish Kotak
- Jay Soni as Jigar Thakkar
- Menaka Lalwani as Rim Jhim Thakkar (née Talwar)
- Devarsh Thakkar as Mehul Thakkar
- Richa Bhadra as Mitali Thakkar
- Swini Khara as Chaitali Thakkar
- Khushi Dubey as Simrun Bhayani
- Kartik Gantha as Saumil Thakkar
- Devanshi Jhaveri as Saloni (Season 1: Episode 1-313)
- Smith Seth as Manav "Mansukhlal" Thakkar
- Navika Kotia as Lucky Thakkar
- Siddarth Jadhav as Rajja
- Honey Chhaya as Narsi Kaka
- Changes in Cast
- Anjali Mukhi replaces Lubna Salim as Leela Thakkar in Season 2
- Shakti Arora replaces Jay Soni as Jigar Thakkar in Season 2
- Hardik Sagani replaces Devarsh Thakkar as Mehul from Season 1: Episode 327-501 . Devarsh Thakkar reprises his role as Mehul from Season 1: Episode 501 till end of Season 2
- Afia Tayebali replaces Khushi Dubey as Simrun Bhayani (later in Season 1 till Season 2's end)
- Juhi Rangparia replaces Devanshi Jhaveri as Saloni from Season 1: Episode 314-end, Season 2-end
- Other Cast
- Lily Patel as Moti baa
- Supriya Pathak as Gunvanti Maami
- Jiten Lalwani as Malay Tijoriwala
- Girish Pardeshi as Kamlesh Kakkad
- Madhavi Juvekar as Urmila Wagde
- Atmaram Bhende as Damodar kaka
- Ayush Mahesh Khedekar as Gullel
- Nimisha Vakharia as Prema
- Komolika Guhathakurta as Revati
- Jitendra Trehan as Ashutosh Kotak
- Aditi Pratap as Aarya Kotak
- Ali Raza Namdar as Jassu bhai
- Pushkar Shrotri as Inspector Paranjpe
- Shubha Khote as Mangu mausi
- Simple Kaul as Malaika
- Aatish Kapadia as Prinjal
- Arya Rawal as Amita
- Resham Tipnis as Devki
- Bhamini Oza as Ms. Jagruti
- Deepshika Arora as Ichaa
- Amit Thakur as Mr Kakkad
- Chetan Hansraj as Kukku
- Anupama Singh as Sumitra Mehta
- Dolly Minhas as Jaanki Mehta
- Neena Kulkarni as Asha ben
- Amardeep Jha as Mai/Nakli Meenakshi
- Meenal Karpe as Malti Bhayani
- Mehul Buch as Devendra Marfatia
- Mohan Bhandari as Priyawardhan Raichura
- Darshan Jariwala as Dr. Akhilesh Jha
- Swati Shah as Mayuri ben
- Pooja Ruparel as Falguni
- Delnaaz Irani as Zenobia
- Karan Sharma as Anirudh Desai
- Harish Patel as Parshuram Talwar
- Rupali Ganguly as Rekha
- Firoz Irani as Baba Bakshi
- Sakshi Sem as Pooja
- Sharman Joshi (Appears in Season 1, Episode 36), to promote Shaadi No. 1
- Soha Ali Khan (Appears in Season 1, Episode 36), to promote Shaadi No. 1
- Ayesha Takia (Appears in Season 1, Episode 37), to promote Shaadi No. 1
- Fardeen Khan (Appears in Season 1, Episode 37), to promote Shaadi No. 1
- Esha Deol (Appears in Season 1, Episode 38) to promote Shaadi No. 1
- Zayed Khan (Appears in Season 1, Episode 38), to promote Shaadi No. 1
- Falguni Pathak (Appears in Season 1, Episode 175), the Navratri Special Episode
- Jay Chhaniyara (Appears in Season 1, Episode 187), to promote The Great Indian Laughter Challenge
- Bakhtiyar irani (Appears in season 1,Episode 187),to promote Nach Baliye 2
- Tanaaz Currim (Appears in Season 1, Episode 187), to promote Nach Baliye 2
- Rakhi Sawant (Appears in Season 1, Episode 327), to promote Nach Baliye 3
- Abhishek Avasthi (Appears in Season 1, Episode 327), to promote Nach Baliye 3
- Juhi Chawla (Appears in Season 1, Episode 403), to promote Bhoothnath
- Katrina Kaif (Appears in Season 1, Episode 449), to promote Singh Is Kinng