What Is Khichdi?
Khichdi (2002 TV Series) is a Hindi language sitcom produced by UTV Software Communications in association with Hats Off Productions, which debuted on STAR Plus on 10 September 2002. The series has been rerun on STAR Plus and its sister channels several times. It served as the first series in the Khichdi franchise. The second series in the franchise was called Instant Khichdi, which aired on Star Plus’s sister channel, STAR One. The reruns have aired on several channels including STAR Utsav and Pogo. A twenty-episode third series also titled Khichdi premiered on 14 April 2018 on StarPlus.
What Story Does Khichdi Follow?
Khichdi follows the story of a Gujarati family called Parekhs, who lives in an old mansion. The joint family encounters many typically Indian situations, but they try to solve it in the most atypical fashion imaginable. This is a funny bunch of people that are firmly united in their movement to get separated. They want to sell their ancestral property and move out and form their own nuclear families. But the head of their family does not agree. He gives them the choice to walk out and survive on their own, but nobody is ready to let go of the money that is due to them. So they stay together and wait for the ‘head’ to change his mind or stop breathing, whichever happens first. And this is where the upwardly mobile middle-class joint family faces its trials and tribulations. Khichdi examines the lighter side of an Indian joint family.
Some of the Characters can be seen below,
- Tulsidas Parekh, who was portrayed by Anang Desai (Tulsidas is Praful, Bharat, Raju, Heera and Meera’s father; Damyanti’s widower; Tiwariben’s son; Jackky and Chakki’s grandfather. He is the family patriarch. He is always in a bad mood but is known to have a good heart. His wife, Damyanti, died of a heart attack, Tulsidas lives with his family in his very old ancestral house called ‘Mohan Niwas’. He does not agree to sell it at any cost, despite his children’s pleas. Despite the frustration they cause, he still loves them. All family members call him ‘Babuji’.)
- Praful Tulsidas Parekh, portrayed by Rajeev Mheta (Praful was Tulsidas and Damyanti’s elder son; Bharat, Raju, Heera and Meera’s eldest brother; Hansa’s husband; Chakki’s father. He is notoriously stupid. He is often seen interpreting things at face value, leading to hilarious situations. He never does anything right, which makes people (especially Tulsidas) mad at him, who would utter the now popular dialog “Praful! Tu toh Gadhaa Hai!” (Praful! You’re a Donkey!). He also translates English words for his wife, although always incorrectly.) Amongst others.
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