Sarabhai vs Sarabhai
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|Sarabhai vs Sarabhai|
|Written by||Aatish Kapadia|
|Directed by||Deven Bhojani|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||80 (list of episodes)|
|Production company(s)||Hats Off Productions|
|Original release||1 November 2004 –|
17 July 2017
Sarabhai vs Sarabhai is an Indian sitcom which ran on STAR One from November 1, 2004 to September 11, 2006 and on Hotstar from 15 May 2017 to 17 July 2017. The show was created by Jamnadas Majethia and Aatish Kapadia, directed by Deven Bhojani. Starring an ensemble cast including; Satish Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Sumeet Raghavan, Rupali Ganguly and Rajesh Kumar, it revolves around a quintessential upper-class family living in South Mumbai. The series was produced by Hats Off Productions.
The family consists of Indravadan Sarabhai and his wife Maya, who live in an apartment with their unmarried younger son Rosesh. Their elder son Sahil and his wife Monisha live in the apartment across the hallway. Maya considers the name Manisha middle class and renames her Monisha before their marriage. Monisha's middle-class habits irk Maya. Monisha, on the other hand, does not appreciate Maya's snooty and snobbish behaviour. Often we see Maya insult Monisha and then calling it a light-heater joke. Indravadan constantly derides Rosesh for being tied to his mother's apron strings and for writing bad poetry. Maya and Rosesh consider Indravadan's attitude towards Rosesh and his gregarious nature boorish. This all ensues conflict and comedy. Much of the humor is derived from the fake, artificial and shallow interactions among the city's elite and their perceived notions of the shortcomings and failings of middle-class society.
The series featured five principal characters throughout its run:
- Indravadan Sarabhai: Satish Shah portrays Indravadan Sarabhai aka Indu; a rich, ex-director of a multinational company, he constantly amuses himself by making fun of his wife and picking on his younger son, Rosesh. He always sides with his daughter-in-law Monisha in case of a brawl between her and his wife Maya, which always turn out to be very funny.He is irritated by his hearing impaired brother-in-law Madhusudhanbhai's exclamation “Hain?” every time he says something. He never pays heed to his wife and does what he wants. He is mischievous and still a child at heart. He likes playing pranks at Rosesh and imitate him that annoys Maya to no end. He can't keep a secret and usually pits Maya and Monisha against each other. These traits of his earn him the moniker Nārad Muni.
- Maya Majumdar Sarabhai: Ratna Pathak Shah . She is Indravadan's wife and likes only the creme de la creme in every aspect of her life and her family. Her bone of contention is her daughter-in-law, Monisha, who is from a middle class Punjabi family. Her confrontations with Monisha are always very suave and sugar-coated. She assures that Rosesh doesn't marry someone who is middle class, like Saahil. As a result, Rosesh has trouble finding a girl his "Momma' will like. She dislikes her son-in-law Dushyant’s tech savvy behaviour and likes to maintain a distance from him. A prominent socialite and general secretary of the society, she is the lady of her house and very efficient in household chores. She is always running after her husband to stop him from eating unhygienic food. Her constant refrain is "It's so middle class!"
- Saahil Sarabhai: Sumeet Raghavan portrays Sahil Sarabhai, the cosmetic surgeon, Indu and Maya's son and eldest child. He is Monisha's husband. He is soft, noble, wise and attached to both his mom and wife. He dislikes hurting anyone. He is the quintessential 'Indian male sandwiched between his wife and family'. He is wiser than his father Indu in tackling matters between his wife and mother and always tries to make them get along with each other. But, with his younger brother, Rosesh, he has a funny bone and like his father, enjoys making fun of him.
- Monisha Singh Sarabhai: Rupali Ganguly, a middle class, Punjabi girl from Noida and now the daughter-in-law of the Sarabhais. She never tidies her house and always haggles for pennies and is constantly ticked off for this by her mother-in-law. She is an avid daily soap watcher and grows suspicious of her husband's loyalty to her very quickly. Despite being a careless homemaker, she is an honest, innocent, loving girl and is always supported by her father-in-law. Maya made her change her name from Manisha to Monisha insisting that Manisha was "too middle class".
- Rosesh Sarabhai: Rajesh Kumar portrays Rosesh Sarabhai, the second son and youngest child of Maya and Indravadan. He is a theatre artist, aspiring actor and a poet. He is the favorite of his mother Maya. Maya is the only member of Sarabhai family who approves of and appreciates his absurd poetry and acting skills. He has a love-hate relationship with his father as he is always the target of his father's jokes and pranks. He can't bear the thought of being separated from his “Momma” and always seconds Maya even if he doesn't feel so. He has a peculiar and amusing voice and his poems are always bad, but funny.
Other recurring characters include Ilaben, Indravadan's sister portrayed by Rita Bhaduri; Madhusudhanbhai, a hearing impaired brother-in-law of Indravadan Sarabhai portrayed by Arvind Vaidya; Dushyant Painter, son-in-law of Sarabhais portrayed by Deven Bhojani; Sonya Sarabhai Painter, a voodoo and daughter (second child) of Indravadan and Maya portrayed by Kshitee Jog / Shital Thakkar in Season 1 and Aishwarya Sakhuja in season 2.
The season 2 introduced some new characters; Arnab Sarabhai aka Guddu, 7-year-old son of Monisha and Sahil as well as Jasmine Mavani, an actor and singer from Jamnagar, Rosesh's love interest portrayed by Vaibhavi Upadhyay.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||70||1 November 2004||16 April 2006|
|2||10||15 May 2017||17 July 2017|
In the final episode, the principal characters are seen stating that there would be another season of the series.
Season 2 (Sarabhai vs Sarabhai: Take 2)
After seven years, the life of the Sarabhai family has not changed much. Now Monisha and Sahil have a seven years old son Aurnob aka Guddu and finally Rosesh has found his love interest also gaining the main role in a TV serial which he eventually loses. The family has moved to new penthouses. The season ended with Monisha taking Aurnob to Noida and indicating for a new season .
- Season 1
- Season 2 (Sarabhai vs Sarabhai: Take 2)
In 2012, Deven Bhojani denied that the series would return. The cast reunited in June 2016 over a belated 65th birthday party of Satish Shah when the future of the show was discussed. The producer Jamnadas Majethia promised some good news for the fans. Later, the actors of the show confirmed the return of the new season as a web series entitled Sarabhai vs Sarabhai: Take 2. The series was picked up by Hotstar with the same cast, and the story is set after seven years of the last season's conclusion.
The first season was shot on the sets located at Kanjur Marg in suburban Mumbai. The cast was provided with their own rooms backstage with nameplates with each character's name for rehearsals and preparations.
- Season 1
The season 1 was a weekly show and was closed after two years due to low TRPs. The newly introduced stand-up comedy shows on the same network garnered TRPs as high as 9 while the Sarabhai received TRPs of as low as 0.63. The series started re-run of episodes as a daily show and it became popular.
- Season 2
The season 2 was one among the most anticipated sitcom sequels, it opened with positive critical as well as viewer reception. but later the show was heavily criticized for poor writing and sets but the performances were praised.
- Season 1
- Best Serial, Comedy (Jury)
- Best Director, Comedy (Jury) - Deven Bhojani
- Best Actor, Comedy (Jury) - Satish Shah
- Best Actress, Comedy (Jury) - Ratna Pathak Shah
- Best Dialogues (Jury) - Aatish Kapadia
- Indian Telly Awards 2005
- Best Serial (Comedy) 
- Best Director (Comedy) - Deven Bhojani
- Best Actor (Comedy) - Satish Shah
- Best Actress (Comedy) - Ratna Pathak Shah
- Art Direction (Fiction) - Omung Kumar Bhandula
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