Hotstar Brings Back India’s most loved Comedy Show, Sarabhai vs Sarabhai
Mumbai, 3 April 2017: India’s leading video-on-demand platform, Hotstar, today announced the return of cult comedy show Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, for its viewers this May. A show that still enjoys active fandom several years after it went off air, and one that’s often been hailed as being well ahead of its time, Sarabhai vs Sarabhai
will return exclusively on Hotstar as a part of the Hotstar Originals bouquet.
The show will take a seven-year leap and will return with the entire well-loved cast, featuring Satish Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Sumeet Raghavan, Rupali
Ganguly, Deven Bhojani and Rajesh Kumar, as well as a slew of new characters. Produced by Hats Off Productions’ Jamnadas (JD) Majethia and Aatish Kapadia, the 10-part series will further expand Hotstar’s signature content bouquet, called Hotstar Originals.
“From Maya’s haughty retorts to Rosesh’s epic poetry, every component that made Sarabhai vs Sarabhai
timeless, will very much remain the hallmark of this series. That said, there’s much more hilarity and some brand new characters to look forward to. The wisecracky, intelligent soul of the show, will return exactly as our fans remember it, with more laughs and new stories”, says JD Majethia, founder of Hats Off Productions.
“With Hotstar Originals, our intent is to bring to audiences, inspired content that goes on to define its specific genre, be it On Air with AIB, Tanhaiyaan or Cineplay”, added Ajit Mohan, CEO of Hotstar. “Sarabhai vs Sarabhai did exactly that some years ago, bringing Indian audiences a kind of sharp, witty and contemporary comedy that they had never seen before. The buzz and love around the show was so strong that we had to bring it back.”
Sarabhai vs Sarabhai is based on the life of a hilarious Gujarati family living in Mumbai. “Each character in the family is replete with their own distinct quirks, and trust me when I say that each of these characters is based on real people in my extended family. I play around with them in my head and then write the episodes, and if I feel like I'm having a blast, then I feel sure that the viewers will too,” shares Aatish Kapadia, the writer and creator of the show.
The show’s originality and humour have earned it a spot amongst the best of Indian television, with millions of fans eagerly anticipating its return.
Hotstar is India’s largest premium streaming platform with more than 100,000 hours of drama and movies in 9 languages, and coverage of every major global sporting event. Launched in early 2015, it is one of India’s most downloaded apps and has attracted more than 200 million followers on the back of a highly evolved video streaming technology and high attention to quality of experience across devices and platforms. The Hotstar Premium service showcases the best line up of TV shows, movies and sports from around the world, including Emmy Award winning shows like Game of Thrones, Veep and Silicon Valley, and live sporting tournaments including Premier League and F1 all at a monthly subscription fee of Rs. 199. Hotstar appropriated the top spot on iTunes as Apple TV’s App of the Year for India 2016.