To pay tribute to the legendary film-maker Hrishikesh Mukherjee and his brand of family-oriented cinema, a new serial titled Golmaal Hai Bhai Sab Golmaal Hai will premiere on SAB TV on August 13.
To bring alive the humour and chaos of Hrishi Da’s nostalgic classic Gol Maal, the channel has roped in Tiku Talsania, Swapnil Joshi and Rajeev Thakur. The men brigade is famous for its comic timing and ability to make viewers laugh with its mannerisms and humour-laced one-liners.
Female actors Apara Mehta and Mugdha Chaphekar bring experience and youth to this serial which is a sequel to Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo.
All actors insist they have tried to put their best foot forward in the genre of situational comedy of which Hrishikesh Mukherjee, a pioneer of middle cinema, was unquestionably a master par excellence.
Unlike Hrishi Da’s films which focused on middle class families, the soap opera revolves round an affluent Dholakia family which resides in the posh Juhu locality of Mumbai. Tiku, an eccentric character known as 3D, is the head of this Gujarati family.
He feels an individual must marry a suitor who possesses 32 virtues. As a result of his stringent rules, he is unsuccessful in finding a suitor for his 40-plus sibling Pari (Apara Mehta).
Speaking about his character in the soap opera at a Press conference here on Friday, Tiku said he is playing a shrewd character who can make out whether anyone has dandruff on his hair. His name is Dhanwantrilal Dhyanchand Dholakia and his family comprises sister Pari (Apara), brothers Dhawal (Manoj Goyal) and Dharmesh (Sukesh Anand) and niece Dhwani (Mughda Chaphekar). “While I was acting in Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi on Doodarshan we used to shoot five days a week but it was televised only once every week. However, in Golmaal Hai Bhai Sab Golmaal Hai we shoot once a day but it will be televised five days a week. Earlier I was acting with veterans like Shafi Inamdar, who were professional and methodical in their approach towards their character. Even today’s generation is working extremely hard and are go-getters.”
Apart from acting in the serial, Tiku is giving equal time to his first love – theatre. “I am passionate about theatre because it is a big stimulant and gives instant gratification. People either like you or hate you. Theatre still gives me butterflies in the stomach. Importantly, it teaches you all aspects of art like dance, expressing emotions and acting. It is heartening to see that regional theatre like Bengali, Marathi and Gujarati is flourishing.”
Explaining how he manages to strike a balance between TV serials and theatre, Tiku says the shows start during evenings. “Once the serial starts we are not required to do rehearsals. So I manage quite easily.”
Swapnil said the show salutes Hrishikesh Mukherjee who was a brilliant film-maker and visionary. “Who would not be inspired by his classics like Chupke Chupke and Gol Maal?”
“Unlike in Papad Pol: Shahbuddin Rathod ki Rangeen Duniya where I had to put grease all over my face and look completely unrecognisable, here I appear as I am. But every role is a challenge,” he said.
For Apara it will be an exhilarating experience to get to play a character whose brother is eager to get her married. “However, when parents of the grooms meet me they realise I am not a young girl. They are deceived as they were shown my picture taken 20 years ago.”