Ji Mantriji

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Ji Mantriji
Genre Comedy
Written by Alok Tomar
Monisha Shah & Noopur Tiwari
Directed by Smeeta Chakravarty
Starring see below
Opening theme "Ji Mantriji" by ??
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ji_Mantriji&action=edit
Executive producer(s) Indra de Lanerolle
Producer(s) Ilse van Hemert
Running time Approx. 25 minutes
Production company(s) Ochre Moving Pictures
Original network STAR Plus
Original release 2001

Ji Mantriji (literally "Yes Minister" in Hindi) is an Indian adaptation of the British satirical sitcom Yes Minister. It was telecast on STAR TV's channel STAR Plus with permission from the BBC.[1] Ji Mantriji features Farooq Sheikh as Surya Prakash Singh, the Minister of Administrative Affairs; and Jayant Kripalani as the department's secretary. The plot lines were the same as those of the original, with suitable changes in the Indian context. Ji Mantriji is produced by Ochre Media.

Ji Mantriji was in production for a year before being aired, which is unusual in Indian television where serials are generally developed and produced a few weeks in advance. The writers changed certain references to fit the new setting: France was changed to Pakistan and the European Economic Community was changed to the SAARC and the Commonwealth. A sequel, Ji Pradhanmantriji (Yes Prime Minister) was also licensed from the BBC, but was never made[2] as ratings for Ji Mantriji were below average[3] and not all of the episodes were aired.[4]



  • Hero Honda ITA Award for Best Serial Comedy
  • Hero Honda ITA Award for Best Actor in a Comedy - Farooq Sheikh[5][6]


  1. ^ "Hindi makeover for Yes Minister". BBC News. 20 April 2001. 
  2. ^ "An Interview with Rupert Gavin". IndianTelevision.com. IndianTelevision. 3 November 2001. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Banerjee, Piali (18 January 2004). "Prickly politicians ensure paucity of satires on TV". Times of India. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Jayasankar, Menaka (29 February 2004). "It's About Compatibility". Indian Express. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Yes Minister gets Ukrainian makeover". The Telegraph. 29 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Company History - NDTV". Economic Times. 17 January 2005. Retrieved 15 March 2011.