Baa Bahoo Aur Baby

Baa Bahoo Aur Baby[1] (colloquially known as BBB or B3) is an Indian television dramedy series that aired in prime time on Star Plus between 2005 and 2010 with a total of 2 seasons.[2][3] The series was produced by Hats Off Productions and centered around a fictitious Gujarati Thakkar family living in Parla East, Mumbai.[4] After the end of first season, second season was brought on a popular demand from viewers.[3]

Baa Bahoo Aur Baby
GenreComedy-drama
Written byAatish Kapadia dialogue Reetlal Pandit and Rajesh Soni
Directed by
  • Sameer Kulkarni
  • Dipesh Shah
  • Amitava Bhattacharya
Creative director(s)Deven Bhojani
StarringSarita Joshi
Shakti Arora
Vadiya Arvind
Benaf Dadachandji
Lubna Salim
Paresh Ganatra
Vaishali Thakkar
Gautam Rode
Opening theme"Baa Bahoo Aur Baby" by Vinod Rathod
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes559
Production
Producer(s)
Production location(s)Mumbai
Cinematography
  • Vijay Soni
  • Raju Desai
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time20-40 minutes
Production company(s)Hats Off Productions
Release
Original networkStar Plus
Picture format576i
Original release5 August 2005 (2005-08-05) 
22 February 2010 (2010-02-22)



Characters

Godavari 'Baa' Thakkar (Sarita Joshi) is the matriarch of the Thakkar family. Her husband, Labhshankar Thakkar, is an alcoholic, and she has raised 6 sons and 2 daughters on her own, through tiffin service. The family lives in Krishna villa.

Godavari has six sons: Arvind (Rajeev Mehta), a strict and old fashioned insurance agent; Praveen (Paresh Ganatra), a mischievous and stingy saree businessman; Subodh (Rajesh Kumar), a playful theater actor; Harshad (Jamnadas Majethia), a very successful doctor; Gopal aka Gattu (Deven Bhojani), an intellectually disabled child; and Hemal (Kamlesh Oza) the adopted son who works at a bank. The family also includes her daughter-in-laws, Leela (Lubna Salim/Anjali Mukhi), Arvind's playful wife; Praveena (Vaishali Thakkar), Praveen's wife who is naughty, athletic and a saree businesswoman (who dies midway through the series); Shilpa (Sonali Sachdeva), Harshad's wife and a doctor; Meenakshi (Suchita Trivedi), the shy wife of Subodh and Gudiya (Shweta Keswani), the Punjabi wife of Hemal (introduced later in the series). Godavari has two daughters, Charubala (Nimisha Vakharia) and Radhika (Benaf Dadachandji). Charubala is a sophisticated woman who always shows off. She is married to Tusshar (Nitin Vakharia) and lives in South Mumbai. Radhika is handicapped (affected with polio) and a very stubborn girl who is often seen talking rudely, but loves her family and understands life. Among the children are Dimple (Manva Naik) and Jigar (Jay Soni/Shakti Arora), grown up children of Arvind and Leela; Mehul (Devarsh Thakkar / Hardik Sagani), Mitali (Richa Bhadra) and Chaitali (Swini Khara), children of Praveen and Praveena; Simran (Khushi Dubey/Afia Tayebali) and Khushi, daughter of Charubala and Tushar; Saloni (Devanshi Jhaveri/Juhi Rangparia) and Saumil (Kartik Gantha), children of Harshad and Shilpa; Manav (Smith Seth) and Disha, children of Subodh and Meenakshi, and Lucky (Navika Kotia), the adopted child of Hemal and Gudiya. The house has a cook Rajja (Siddharth Jadhav) and a worker, Narsi Kaka (Honey Chhaya).

Plot

Season 1

The season begins with a detailed introduction of all the members of the household and how they deal with all the issues impacting a joint family structure. They face different problems and misunderstandings, and how they circumvent them. Notable episodic stories of this season are: Radhika's unrequited love for Anish, an NRI, Anish and Dimple's love story, Harshad being turned out of the house by Godavari and his return after 5 years, Radhika and Birju's love story, the calamity of Praveen selling their home to a real estate shark without letting the family members know, Hemal and Gudiya's wedding, and Jigar's coming of age. The inner turmoils of a matriarch leading a 20+ members family is beautifully represented.

Season 2

The sons get Krishna villa renovated. The season focuses on the relationship of Baby - Birju and Jigar - Rim Jhim. Reluctance from the family of Birju to accept Baby as their daughter-in-law creates initial hiccups, but they get married eventually. Rim Jhim is the daughter of a wealthy businessman and the Thakkar family helps her to elope from a forced arranged marriage as she and Jigar love each other. While Rim Jhim and Jigar try to prove themselves worthy, Rekha enters the household as the unwed mother of a newborn whom she hands over to Gattu for care-giving. Gattu grows attached to the newborn girl.

The season ends with the publication of Baa's biography, Baa Bahoo Aur Baby. There is a leap of 3 years where the family members are shown in various situations - Leela and Arvind finally get to visit United States, the children of Pravin are all grown up and pursuing their careers, Harshad and Shilpa open a pediatric hospital in Baa's name, Meenakshi is expecting her third child, and Gudiya has had twin daughters, a breakthrough in polio treatment has helped Baby to recover from her polio, Rim Jhim has started a family catering business, and finally, Babuji has stopped drinking. The series ends with the Thakkar family winning the 'Family of the Decade' award.

Cast

Special appearances

In other media

Gattu's character, portrayed by Deven Bhojani, was used in the 2012 drama serial Alaxmi Ka Super Parivaar where he came as the nephew of Natwarlal and Mohandas.

References

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