Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi
(literal meaning: 'This Life As It Is') was a popular comedy sitcom
on Indian television
, aired for the first time in 1984. It was written by comedy writer Sharad Joshi
and directed by S. S. Oberoi and Raman Kumar
It was one of the first sitcoms and one of the biggest hit shows on Indian television after the state owned television, Doordarshan
, started sponsoring its programs.
Each episode of the serial was 30 minutes long and was aired on Friday nights at 9:00pm. Its popularity can be gauged from the fact that video stores in London would await periodically for the copy of the serial’s tape. Even the box-office openings in cinemas were affected due to the airing of the show. After a couple of successful seasons, the show took a hiatus (due to the departure of Shafi Inamdar
, one of the primary characters, from the show) and returned for a second innings with some additional cast.
The episodes revolved around funny happenings in the lives of Ranjit Verma (played by actor Shafi Inamdar
) and Renu Verma (played by actress Swaroop Sampat
, a former Miss India
1979), who play a married couple along with Renu's unmarried and unemployed younger brother Raja (Rakesh Bedi
).chachi's daughter who plays the character of Rashmi. Other characters were Ranjit's boss (Tiku Talsania
), his Bengali
neighbours (actors Vijay Kashyap and Sulabha Arya), etc.
A trademark of the show were the characters played by Satish Shah
. In each... Read More