Wagle thinks he’s James Bond, but he is neither one nor can he be,” says theatre and Bollywood character actor Anjjan Srivastav, who returns in the third edition of the iconic show of the 1980s,
Wagle Ki Duniya
, which propelled him to become one of the most remembered household names.
The actor initiated Detective Wagle with director Rupesh Goel after seeking blessings from the original creator of the character and the show, writer-cartoonist RK Laxman.
Old cast, new cast
The show was inspired by his cartoon series on the common man in a leading newspaper. A pilot was submitted to the broadcaster Doordarshan, and it received rave reviews. The show is expected to be a weekly, with a limited number of episodes.
Of the cast, Srivastav is the only link between the past and the present. “Sulbha Arya has replaced Bharati Achrekar as Mrs Radhika Wagle. If we had cast Bharati, then we would also have to show our kids and build up an entire family backdrop for the show. With Sulbha in the picture, we can focus more on highlighting the new issues of the ever-evolving middle class, in the context of the current scenario, and also issues faced by senior citizens,” states Srivastav.
Clerk to Detective
The show ran to six episodes only in its first run in the 1980s and 13 episodes in the second edition.
“After 22 years and several memorable roles in films and in TV shows, I’m still remembered and addressed as Wagle. I wish we manage to spin the magic this time too,” smiles Srivastav.
Wonder how the clerk Wagle transformed into Detective Wagle? “He always nosed into other people’s problems. This time, when the show begins, some time in the next few months, he will be seen as a retired man who is in a police station for some paperwork. His interaction with an aggrieved lady leads him to become a detective,” informs Srivastav.
Humour is on
Will the show be devoid of humour? “No,” says Srivastav, quickly adding, “The show will be light on the heart, but heavy on the mind because with subtle humour, we will convey a message. It will not be serious detective show like CID (Sony Entertainment). After all, Wagle is still a silly family man at home.”