'Khichdi' to become feature film

Popular sitcom to get big screen adaptation with original cast

NEW DELHI -- In a first of sorts here, a popular TV show will see a big screen version courtesy Fox Star Studios' production of “Khichdi,” a sitcom that originally aired on Star network's Hindi channel Star Plus in 2002.
As in the show, “Khichdi – The Movie” will revolve around the Parekh family, featuring the same actors portraying the sitcom's popular characters which, according to FSS, reached an audience of almost 50 million during the show's seven-year run. “Khichdi” is the name of a rice-based dish but the word is also used to imply a mishmash of sorts, similar to hodge-podge.
Slated for release on October 1, the film is produced by the show's original co-producers Hats Off Productions and directed by Aatish Kapadia who also directed the series.
“This film offers clean, wholesome fun that targets a wide demographic. We are very excited about the research feedback from audiences that have seen it and found it to be funnier than most recent comedy films,” said FSS India CEO Vijay Singh.
“The TV serial changed the grammar of comedy and viewers got addicted to the humour. We are sure that ‘Khichdi - The Movie’ will create the same magic on the big screen and hopefully redefine comedy in Indian cinema,” said producer J D Majethia.
“’Khichdi’ is and shall always remain closest to my heart as it is the first show produced by Hats Off Productions. The movie will now take the madness at least 10 notches higher,” added writer- director Aatish Kapadia.
While “Khichdi” is the first big screen adaptation of a popular TV series here, last summer FSS released comedy title “Quick Gun Murugan,” which was based on a character of the same name created for a series of short promos for Star network's music outlet Channel V in the mid-nineties.
As for “Khichdi” opening the doors for more TV-to-film adaptations given the variety of shows available in the Star India network catalog, Singh said the project is a “learning lesson for the moment and we are taking a step-by-step approach to gain new insights in terms of how such an adaptation is received.”
FSS released its first mainstream Bollywood production “My Name Is Khan” early this year after launching in India with 2008's “Slumdog Millionaire.” FSS's forthcoming projects include Bollywood action caper “Dum Maaro Dum” starring Abhishek Bachchan, and co-produced with acclaimed filmmaker Ramesh Sippy's banner.
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