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Lapataganj Season 2!! Normally we associate season two for reality shows. But, SAB TV has some different views on it and is all set to bring back Lapataganj Ek Baar Phir. The show was famous among audiences for bringing to them several colourful flavors of rural India. As you know that this show is based in an imaginary small town called Lapataganj, the story is inspired from the writings of Sharad Joshi, an eminent Hindi writer.
Lapataganj is a town in some part of India which has been long forgotten by the system. It showcases the daily struggles of the people residing in Lapataganj for basic facilities. But they are still happy and content with life. The show captures the spirit of a common man to lead a happy life against all odds.
There is one more surprise in this season, which might amuse the audience. The show will have a 6 years leap. LEAP!! Not again. Well, we are used to seeing leaps in Saas Bahu type shows. But this show will see six year progress in time. The audiences will witness a lot of changes in the show, though the basic elements will remain the same and so will the cast. That is good news, right?
So, what are the changes that will be seen in Season 2 ? Well, Mukundilal Gupta, played by Rohitash Gaud will be seen at a higher designation in the post office and instead of his the usual bicycle, will own a motorbike. The entire village will have a facelift and instead of mud houses, they will have one and two-storied homes. Well, after all this one would also expect Mukundi and Indumati’s children to grow up. This is where things get interesting when their son will turn out to be a spoilt brat which will make life difficult for them.
If you are also not able to find humor in our comedy shows then you are definitely in the category where people are waiting for good and ‘clean’ comedy on Indian television and if you have already find it then please share what I am missing. Oh yes… and if in case you ask me to switch on to latest shows on SAB TV then I agree there are two or three good shows which are worth giving time like Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashmah and recently launched R.K. Laxman Ki Duniya. However all the remaining shows fail to impress even a bit.
Apparently the Indian Television industry was expected to grow over 500 billion by the end of 2011 and currently it has over 500 channels broadcasted. But I still find dearth of substance in our tv shows. For example comedy shows which are my all time favourite are definitely way too below the level of good comedy or sitcom shows. Let us take a look at the journey of Indian television in terms of comedy shows in last 28 years.
YehJohaiZindagi was India’s first sitcom aired in 1984 on Doordarshan. The show written by comedy writer Sharad Joshi was such a huge hit that even box-office openings in cinemas were affected due to the airing of the show because it aired on Friday nights. Then came the ‘era’ in 1993 of two most widely admired comedy shows ever in the history of Indian television: DekhBhaiDekh and ZabaanSambhalke. I am sure that these two names certainly brings a big smile on everyone’s face and those unforgettable characters like Balraj Diwan (Navin Nischol), Samir Diwan (Shekhar Suman), Gareema (Deven Bhojani), Mohan Bharti (Pankaj Kapoor) and many other became an integral part of our lives. Within two years Doordarshan launched another hilarious comedy SrimaanSrimati in 1995 that gave India one of its favourite characters ‘Dilruba’. Simultaneously Zee TV launched its most popular comedy show till date HumPaanch in 1995. Another hit show Padosan was launched on DD Metro in 1998. All these have left a legacy behind them and I can’t find any show matching up to their level currently or in these all years.
In modern day classics i can count Office Office easily which was launched in 2001 on SAB TV. This hugely popular and admired sitcom was based on corruption and bribery in public offices. The story revolved around Mussadilal (Bollywood actor Pankaj Kapoor) who was often harshly greeted by the corrupt officials. “Mussadilal” was the favourite character of viewers for a very long period and we remember him fresh as ever even now.
Now coming back to today’s topic of this post “Why comedy shows are drying up on Indian television”? Honestly after all these years finally in 2005 I thought that there is a chance that Indian comedy can get back to track when a new reality comedy show “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge” was launched. The Star One’s laughter show won millions of hearts and before we knew there were four seasons in their kitty. The laughter challenge gave way to all these shows on “Comedy Circus” that are aired on Sony TV regularly. However the quality of the comedians and their so called “punches” has deteriorated immensely. In terms of another blogger whose post I read the other day “the contestants of these shows grew up with time and became big-time perverts”. The reality comedy shows today are nothing but a sign toward the hypocrisy of Indian television that call these laughter shows full of double-meaning jokes family shows.
So what is the exact reason? Are we short of good comedy writers, or we are short of good character artists who can do good comedy or it is just the mindset that is not able to accept some clean and good talent? Tell us your views if you have answer to these questions.