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A different satire on SABe TV

Writer-Producer Ashwini Dhir, actors Vineet Kumar, Sushmita Banerjee and Sudhir Mishra at a press conference to announce the launch of a new serial

Writer-Producer Ashwini Dhir, actors Vineet Kumar, Sushmita Banerjee and Sudhir Mishra at a press conference to announce the launch of a new serial "Public Hai Sab Janti Hai" in New Delhi on Tuesday.  

YOU CAN bend us but can't break us....After all, "Public Hai Sab Janti Hai''. Well, this is the new catchline with which SABe TV has come out with its latest entertainment show in the form of a comedy serial due for telecast every Monday and Tuesday starting November 18.

And SABe TV does not hide the fact that this is its way of continuing the fight for freedom from suppression of creative expression. Yes, while "Raamkhilavaan (C.M.) n Family'' is battling it out in the courts, it is being replaced by this tongue-in-cheek satire, "Public Hai Sab Janti Hai''.

``It is certainly not old wine in new bottle,'' asserts Ashwini Dhir, producer and writer of the new series, while describing it at a press conference earlier this week as an "intelligent comedy that is literally for the people, by the people and for the people.'' "While Raamkhilavaan was a political satire, this is a series that is based on current issues, but dealt with in a light manner,'' he says, adding that it was a take-off on a whole lot of celebrities as well as current topical issues.

Interestingly, the cast for "Public Hai Sab Janti Hai'' is pretty much the same as that of "Raamkhilavaan'' and comprises Sushmita Mukherjee, Sanjay Mishra and Vineet Kumar. "It is a witty view of what the common man, commonly referred to as Public really thinks of the system,'' says Ashwini. "Most channels want to play safe and that is why they are satisfied with airing sitcoms or family soaps. But in this and earlier attempts at creating social satire, we have done what we felt''.

Each episode begins with an in-house trio of "sutradhars'' (narrators) touching upon the issue of the day with a delightful "jugalbandi''. A showcase of a current, hot publicly, "public'' issue will follow their ingenious repartee in a one-off satirical format. "It is completely different from Raamkhilavaan in the sense it has given me an opportunity to explore the versatile side of my personality to a greater extent. In each episode, I play a different character,'' says Sanjay, talking about his role in the serial.

Incidentally, this is SABe TV's third successive attempt at creating social, political and system satires which began with Office-Office, a trendsetter in the comedy genre and a satire that dealt with the common man's everyday struggle against the system; and his dream for a fair, corruption free society.

By K. Kannan

Photo: S. Subramanium

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