India’s first online serial, Jay Hind!, a stand-up comic show, that comments on current affairs, has completed 200 webisodes over two-and-a-half years. Creator and director Abhigyan Jha of Undercover Productions plans to now make it in Marathi, Gujarati and Tamil, apart from a combination of Hindi and English that it currently airs in.
“For two years, we were busy proving that the Internet and mobile mediums can replace satellite as a broadcast medium for long-form TV shows. We’ve finally won that debate, hands down. We can do more shows now, and validate the model that we invented,” beams Abhigyan.
The special act
For the landmark 200th webisode, the creative team of writers working on the show has worked out three special acts. The first act is a black and white parody of Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa song, ‘Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai...’ where Sumeet pretends to be Guru Dutt. The second one features the show’s regular comic, Rajeev Nigam, who appears as the normal man influenced by the wealthy ‘babas’ of our time. He will be seen opening a Baba Coaching Class to train others. The last one is a music video of A Raja, Dayanidhi Maran and Kalmadi. It’s a joint spoof of the Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara song, ‘Senorita…’. The storyline involves a pact the three friends made about reuniting in jail.
With the latter, isn’t the director asking for trouble since the video could irk the filmmakers? And the politicians, of course? “We don’t deliberately try to be controversial. If the news and the people in the news are controversial, we don’t shy away from laughing at them. If the world is becoming more ridiculous everyday, we can’t help it,” exclaims Abhigyan. Jay Hind! had started off its international episodes a while ago. And alongside that, it had also flagged off Jay Hind! Nights at various joints around the city.
Have the rains played foul so far then? “We have no plans to hold Jay Hind! Nights in open spaces, thankfully. The nights were conceptualised to be at nightclubs,” says Abhigyan. “And that is on, uninterrupted.”