Composer(s) Vanraj Bhatia
Original language(s) Hindi
First episode date 1988
Network DD National
Created by R. K. Laxman
Directed by Kundan Shah
Country of origin India
No. of seasons 2
Final episode date 1990
Number of seasons 2
|Starring Anjan Srivastav; Bharati Achrekar; Dushyant Nagpal|
Similar Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne, Fauji, Mr Yogi, Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, Nukkad
Wagle Ki Duniya (literally: 'Wagle's World') was a popular comedy Sitcom on Indian television, aired for the first time in 1988 to 1990 on state-run Doordarshan channel. It was produced by Durga Khote, directed by Kundan Shah, and was based on characters created by noted cartoonist, R. K. Laxman, especially "the common man" about the issues of common middle-class Indian man. It starred Anjan Srivastav as a bumbling sales clerk in a multinational and Bharati Achrekar as his wife. The series was hit and made Anjan Srivastav a household name.
The series was set around everyday struggles, of nervous sales clerk, Srinivas Wagle, who lived with prudence of a middle class person of the time.
The weekly series was conceived by R.K. Laxman, and he himself narrated the script, It was based on RK Laxman character about quintessential common man. Director, Kundan Shah had previously directed comedy classic Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) and his 1985-1986, TV series Nukkad with Saeed Akhtar Mirza.
Later, Laxman was even present during the screentest for the lead character. The original run was supposed to be of six episodes, but seeing the response, it ran up to 13 episodes. The series achieved a cult status, and made Anjan Srivastav a household name. It was later revived as Wagle Ki Nayi Duniya (The New World of Wagle). Film actor, Shahrukh Khan made a guest appearance in the series, before he made his big television debut with TV series, Fauji (1988).
In one of its most memorable episodes, Wagle goes out to buy fabric for curtains during Diwali, but ends up buying 10 times the amount of fabric required. Thus the family doesn't only have curtains but also sofa covers, shirts and a saree of the same shiny fabric.
The show brought lead actor Anjan Srivastav to instant limelight, and two decades on he is still remembered for his role. Another similar show based on Laxman's works, R K Laxman ki Duniya started in 2011, directed by J D Majethia and produced by Dharmesh Mehta.
In 2012, the character Wagle was brought back with new series by same team, Detective Wagle which started on Doordarshan channel in November 2012, where Anjan Srivastav reprised his role as Wagle, while the role of his wife was played by Sulbha Arya.