We are back purely for the love of our fans: J D Majethia
As Khichdi makes a comeback on television, producer-actor-director J D Majethia says that maintaining the old charm and making the show contemporary was the real challenge
Iconic shows on TV are few and far between. Khichdi happens to be one such rare show, which is making a comeback. The show will be launched on April 14 on Star Plus at 8 pm and will air every weekend for one hour.
About bringing it back, producer-director-actor J D Majethia says, “There was a huge demand for it, so we had to get it back. That said, we had to make a lot of sacrifices. When you are making a show like Khichdi, a lot of hard work goes into it. We had to bring all the actors back together to the content. Also, our business faced turnover crisis but because we had promised the audience that we will bring Khichdi and Sarabhai vs Sarabhai back, we had to keep our promises. We are back purely for the love of our fans.”
Actors Anang Desai, Supriya Pathak, Vandana Pathak, Rajeev Mehta and Majethia himself are all back but how challenging is it to recreate the show’s magic? “There’s a lot of pressure. With people having loved the show over the years their expectations have gone up. So we have to focus on meeting their expectations. However, we had begun planning the show for years, and also started bringing in new elements and making strategies,” he says, adding, “Maintaining the old charm and yet make the show contemporary was the real challenge. We had informed all the actors since a long time that we are working on the show and we needed their dates, so they made adjustments with other shows just to be a part of Khichdi.”
Majethia says that when Aatish Kapadia started writing the show, it took him a lot of time to get the right pitch, and the production design too took time. “We felt that people should find new madness in the show. The setting of the story was very challenging because we wanted to bring in fresh madness.
Along with that, we tried to bring several new elements to the show. I am happy that it has been shot very well,” he says adding that the audience will also get to see some well-known faces in the show just like we see in international series. “We have Renuka Shahane, Umesh Shukla, Rajesh Kumar and many others,” he quips.
In the last 16 years, the audience has changed. Today’s viewers take time to connect with a show and they are also fickle minded. So is he then excited and nervous about the response the show will generate? “You go through similar emotions with every show but with this one it’s a little more. That said, we have passionately created the show and we are sure people will like it. Our promos have received a great response. It shows that people were waiting for the show,” says Majethia who is currently in New Delhi meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He, along with Aatish and Supriya Pathak, wanted to meet the PM to seek his blessings because he too loves the show. “Modiji had watched Khichdi: The Movie in Gujarat in 2010 and since then he kept asking me, ‘Khichdi kab pakh rahi hai’ (When are you cooking Khichdi / when are you making the show?).”
Talking about the quality of comedy on television nowadays, Majethia says that it is no longer the same as before. Majethia, who is known for producing several hit comedy shows including Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, Baa Bahoo Aur Baby, Bh Se Bhade, says that there is no denying that comedy has degraded. “Non-fiction content is still new but if we talk about sitcoms, their standards have diluted,” he adds before signing off.