Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai Take 2: Don’t Raise a Toast

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Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai Take 2: Don’t Raise a Toast

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


n 2004, Indian TV was an IV drip of saas-bahu dramas, uninvited reincarnations of Tulsi Virani’s dead husband, and a collective wait for Jassi’s highly anticipated makeover. In this OTT environment, a show about a dysfunctional upper-class Gujarati family quietly defied this expected trajectory.

In breaking away from the over-dramatic portrayal of a fictional family, JD Majethia and Aatish Kapadia ensured that Sarabhai vs Sarabhai’s two-year run on Star One remained devoid of a formulaic narration, vamps that came loaded with personalised song tracks, and sanskaar on crack that looked for signs in a diya’s flame. Sarabhai was a novel show rooted in a solid reality check, closer to Indian TV’s earliest sitcoms like the gentle Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi and Idhar Udhar.