Many people have cherished popular entertainment shows of Doordarshan in 90s, including “Sarabhai vs Sarabhai”, “Khichdi”, and “Zabaan Sambhalke”. After the former two, the latter, 1993’s Zabaan Sambhalke is all set to make a comeback as a web series, as is the current trend. Directed by Rajiv Mehra, Zabaan Sambhalke web series will be launched on Ekta Kapoor’s digital platform.
Zabaan Sambhalke web series as is based on the original series, will star Pankaj Kapur, Shubha Khote, Viju Khote and Tom Alter. Pankaj Kapur plays the role of Mohan Bharati, an engineer who is forced to give Hindi lessons to a group of people in a language school. The show was an Indian adaptation of “Mind Your Language”, a popular British sitcom of 1977.
Mehra, going with the flow, gave a thumbs up to Zabaan Sambhalke web series, as it is the “flavor right now”. The series will have a 10-episode reboot for AltBalaji, where it will be showcased.
Mehra will now re-direct the Zabaan Sambhalke web series with casting Sumeet Raghavan as the teacher and Shoma Anand as the institute’s head. However, the rest of the cast is yet to be decided. The show had many non-Hindi speaking students hailing from varied cultures, including a Russian Diplomat, and a British writer. There was an Anglo Indian air hostess and a South Indian actress too. But this time, Mehra, will introduce a few more characters to spice up the varieties like a Bhojpuri starlet, a girl from Northeast India, NRI girl from the USA, and a Marathi from Koli community.
It seems like the Zabaan Sambhalke web series will have a rejuvenated spirit and a huge variety now. Let’s wait and watch this TV series to translate in to a web series, sparking the chords of retro times.