Anang Desai as Tulsidas Parekh in Khichdi.
Anang Desai as Tulsidas Parekh in Khichdi.

Anang Desai, Babuji of Khichdi, says it gave him 'new identity': 'It was about a dysfunctional family but had logic'

  • Anang Desai, in a new interview, spoke about his career on television and how TV show Khichdi gave him 'a new identity'.
PUBLISHED ON MAY 04, 2021 04:00 PM IST

Veteran actor Anang Desai believes the popular television serial Khichdi and his character Tulsidas Parekh, known as Babuji in the show, gave him 'a new identity'. In a new interview, he has spoken about his experience working on the show.

Khichdi first went on air in 2002 and continued till 2004. A year later, in 2005, it returned with its second season--Instant Khichdi. That too was a hit.

Speaking to Indian Express, Anang said: “When I began my journey on television, I got mostly positive roles. Then there was a phase when I did loads of negative roles. Then Khichdi happened and I received a lot of love. Post that I started getting comedy roles. Today, I’m known more in comic genre. Though I’m glad I got to do varied roles on television, but Khichdi gave me a new identity. I was already doing television, mostly serious roles."

Calling director Aatish Kapadia's direction brilliant, he continued, "One day, the show’s writer-director Aatish Kapadia and producer JD Majethia called me to offer Khichdi. They wanted me to hear the script of the first episode and then take a call. They were adamant that I do this role. Aatish’s narration is brilliant. It was so good, I was floored with its unusual concept. We hadn’t seen such kind of a show ever. Even if it was about the idiosyncrasies of a dysfunctional family, it had a logic. I instantly agreed. Khichdi became a blockbuster, a brand. You don’t get to do such roles often.”

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The show was made into a movie of the same name and it was released in 2010. The show stars Supriya Pathak, Vandana Pathak, Rajeev Mehta, Jamnadas Majethia, among several others. It revolved around a quirky Gujarati family--the Parekhs. Each member of the family had their own idiosyncrasy.

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