Popular Indian reality shows like “Kaun Banega Crorepati” and “Sacch Ka Saamna” are remakes of British and US game shows. And now Disney Channel India is producing a brand new family entertainment which is a remake of the famous American show “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”.
“The Suite Life of Karan and Kabir” premiering on April 8 has heart-warming moments, adventures and pranks. It is meant for family viewing and will be aired every Sunday morning.
The show focuses on the fun-filled shenanigans of 11-year-old siblings Karan and Kabir whose life changes dramatically when their mother Priti Jaiswal (Shruti Seth) lands up with a job as a manager at Raj Mahal, a swanky five-star hotel. As part of her contract, an upper floor suite is booked for the new manager and her sons are no doubt thrilled as they can now indulge in mischievous activities.
According to Shruti, the serial has been adapted from the American serial “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” but it has been made in a way to appeal to Indian sensibilities, culture and moral values.
“The serial will appeal to not only those residing in metropolitan cities but also strike a connection with inhabitants of small towns. My boys, Kabir (Namit Shah) and Karan (Siddharth Thakkar), are mischief-makers. They have come up with such brilliant performance that young viewers will simply adore them. Another interesting character is Maan Singh (Damandeep Singh Bagggan) who is like a father figure to my boys,” says Shruti.
While their mother works round-the-clock to keep them comfortable, the twins are jubilant with the luxury amenities of their new home, especially the prompt room service, a welcoming swimming pool and an interesting game room with a candy counter.
Having worked in Prakash Jha's highly appreciated Rajneeti and films like Aagey se Right, Fanna and Tara Rum Pum, Shruti has taken a risk by playing the character of a mother. But the young actor denies anything like that. “For an actor, every role is right. Remember Anupam Kher played a senior citizen in his debut film Saaransh. I am happy to play the role of a mother in a light-hearted show for two reasons. First, I have got an opportunity to do a show for Disney channel which is known for producing such wonderful shows. Secondly, I am acting with so many interesting characters. Sometimes we get our lines wrong and on realising this laugh loudly.”
Twenty-six episodes have already been filmed at a studio which was re-designed into an avant garde five-star hotel. Disney's multi-genre programming is designed to meet the needs of pre-schools and family audience.
Keywords: Indian reality shows