Ji Mantriji

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Ji Mantriji
Written byAlok Tomar
Monisha Shah & Noopur Tiwari
Directed bySmeeta Chakravarty
Starringsee below
Opening theme"Ji Mantriji"
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes38
Executive producer(s)Duncan Cooper BBC
Running timeApprox. 25 minutes
Production company(s)NDTV with BBC WORLDWIDE
Original networkSTAR Plus
Original release2001

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 was produced by NDTV in collaboration with BBC Worldwide. The opening titles for each episode were illustrated by famous Indian cartoonist, R. K. Laxman, well known for his political cartoon series, The Common Man.

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 produced. The books accompanying the series were published in India by Penguin Books.[2][3][4]



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


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  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.