At a time when most soaps are slowly recovering their viewership after the IPL onslaught, producer JD Majethia insists that his Baa Bahoo aur Baby had not slumped during the cricket mania.
“Our ratings dropped from four to around three but that was it,” he states, adding that the frothy family drama managed a decent two points on the night of the grand 20-20 finale. Majethia attributes this to the show’s well-etched characters and its appeal to diverse age-groups.
But what about speculation that Jassuben Jayantilal Joshi ki Joint Family is quite similar to Baa Bahoo...? Majethia claims that the only similarity is that both the soaps are set in middle-class Gujarati families. Majethia takes digs at other soaps when he says that none of the heroines of his shows is ever shown sleeping dressed up in gold and silks.
Next question: What went wrong with Chaldi da Naam Gaddi, the story of a family of manoranjan artistes?
The producer says that it was an experimental show which didn’t quite work because the characters couldn’t take the story forward. “But the time slot we were placed at, got higher TRPs than the current show.”
More: Resham Dannk, a typical family drama, didn’t work either. “Sony TV felt that the plot deviated from the novel it was adapted from,” he says. Also, the story revolved around a father who sought revenge for his murdered son, a plot that didn’t go down well with the viewers.
Majethia is particularly sensitive about Batliwala House No. 43. The producer states that the chat show didn’t fare badly. Apparently, its TRPs (2.5)... were close to that of 10 ka Dum and CID. He wants to ask Sony to restart the show and points out that it made Bhaktiyaar Iraani popular.
Vis-a-vis Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai, Majethia says that he wants to remake it. But that will take a while because the original cast, Ratna Pathak-Shah, Satish Shah, Rupali Ganguly, Rajesh Kumar and Sumeet Raghavan, are busy with their various commitments. The producer wants to start a reality show but with a format that will be a surprise with every episode. Until then, hold on to that Remote Control.