“Now TV has graduated to a completely ‘Moronic Phase’,” says Ratna Pathak Shah
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“Now TV has graduated to a completely ‘Moronic Phase’,” says Ratna Pathak Shah

Ratna Pathak Shah talks about Sarabhai vs Sarabhai and what made it such a great show.

brunch Updated: Jan 09, 2016 20:05 IST
Ratna Pathak Shah,Sarabhai vs Sarabhai
Sumeet Raghavan, Rajesh Kumar, Satish Shah in a typically crazy scene in Sarabhai vs Sarabhai.;(Hindustan Times)

What made you decide to play Maya?

I would have been an idiot not to take up this role! She says everything that you and I have in mind but dare not say out loud. There is a Maya in all of us and that is what made her so lovable, in spite of all her bitchiness.

What made it such a great show?

The dialogues were hilarious. We didn’t have to touch the script. Also, the director (Deven Bhojani), was an actor himself. He knew exactly what he wanted to say and how he wanted to say it. We worked like a real family. Once we fell into our respective characters, it was a breeze. I don’t think I have had so much fun shooting, ever. And it had nothing to do with the jokes, but the actual job. Working with so many talented actors who were at the same wavelength is what created the magic.

There are talks of a comeback. Can the magic be recreated?

Maybe we can have a different story with the same characters, instead of showing them 10 years later. The days of TV are almost over – it caters to the lowest common denominator now. Our audience is well-versed with the Internet and the Web format would be perfect.

Why did the show go off air?

I think that was the time when television was in its ‘Idiot Phase’, now it has graduated to a completely ‘Moronic Phase’, but that is a different story.

From HT Brunch, January 10, 2016

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First Published: Jan 09, 2016 18:23 IST