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Court case takes toll of SABe TV’s political comedy

12-November-2002
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Court case takes toll of SABe TV’s political comedy

SABe bosses have finally taken their controversial political satire “Ramkhilavan CM ‘n’ Family” off the air, while they are still battling out the court case against serial.

This prime time comedy series had kicked up a major controversy over the close resemblance of its main character with Laloo Prasad Yadav and a court case was filed against the channel for defaming Laloo.

And while SABe continued its fight against what it describe as suppression on creative expression, it had replaced Ramkhilavan with a new comedy serial ‘Public Hai Sab Janti Hai’.

The new serial to be aired from November 18, is a tongue-in-cheek satire on common man’s view of the political system. The programme will be show casing all public issues like Bollywood stars Salman Khan’s deadly act of rash driving besides featuring news makers both political and non-political. Ashwini Dhir, the writer and producer of Ramkhilavan has been retained for he new serial. And interestingly the lead cast of Ramkhilavan, Sushmita Mukherjee, Sanjay Mishra and Vineet Kumar are there in ‘Public Hai Sab Janti Hai’, in the new role of narrators.

SABe TV’s director programming Shubhra Shandliya told exchange4media that it is only a stop gap arrangement. “We are hopeful to get justice from the court because we didn’t use Ramkhilavan serial to target any political personality and instead it was a plain satire on the political system.” Shubhra however denied that the decision to take Ramkhilavan off the air has been taken after their attempt to reach out of court settlement failed.

Meanwhile amidst this raging controversy, SABe TV is hogging the limelight with its highly popular comedy serial “Office Office”, scoring a hat trick at the recent Indian Telly Awards 2002 in Mumbai by winning Best Actor, Best Comedy Serial and Best Writer Award. This is the fifth award in a row for “Office Office”. Earlier this hit serial had won Best Comedy Serial and Best Actor Award at Screen Videocon Awards 2000, Best Comedy Serial Award at RAPA Awards 2000, Best Comedy Serial and Best Actor Award at Ashirwad Awards 2000 and Best Comedy Serial Award at RAPA Awards 2001. The satirical serial has also been nominated for Hero Honda ITEA 2000 for Best Show, Best Director and Best Writer Awards.

Riding high on the success of “Office Office”, SABe TV is now preparing to launch another comic entertainer next month. Confirming this Shubhra Shandliya told exchange4media that it will be a highly innovative sitcom with an altogether news treatment being tried out for the first time in the world of TV serials.

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