On Doordarshan, Pankaj Parashar’s trendsetter serial Karamchand had a run for a little over three years from 1985. This time, the serial that launches on Sony this Saturday, will have a much- shorter run.
While Sony officials maintain that Karamchand will crack 14 mysteries in as many episodes, sources say that a lackadaisical approach to the production may result in the series being cut short to seven episodes.
Pankaj Kapoor, who played the inimitable carrot-munching detective was unavailable for comment. He had earlier gone on record to say that while he was reluctant to take up Karamchand again, it was producer-director Parashar’s enthusiasm for the project that won him over.
Sony has started airing sleek promos featuring the vintage Karamchand, and his scatterbrained assistant, Kitty.
Sony’s creative director Sandiip Sikcand insists that Karamchand will have a 14 episode run, and that it will be a seasonal show. The third season of Indian Idol will follow it.
“Certain shows are meant to have seasonal runs,” adds Sikcand. “While the detective will crack different cases this time, we have maintained the same sensibilities that marked the original Karamchand.”
Which means that the detective will go about tracking culprits in his unmistakable common sense style, without relying too much on gadgets like computers and mobile phones, that were non-existent in the 1980s.
Sikcand brushes off suggestions that the series may have an even shorter run this time.
But sources insist that both the channel and production house are not too happy with the results of episodes shot so far. In that case, Indian Idol 3 may be pushed in early, and the detective will go into hibernation once again.