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Genre  sitcom
Country of origin  India
First episode date  1984
Number of episodes  61
Number of seasons  2
8.6/10 IMDb

Written by  Sharad Joshi
Original language(s)  Hindi
Final episode date  1984
Network  DD National
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Directed by  Manjul Sinha, Kundan Shah, (later) Raman Kumar
Opening theme  "Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi" by Kishore Kumar
Directors  Manjul Sinha, Kundan Shah, Raman Kumar
Similar  Buniyaad, Nukkad, Karamchand, Hum Log, Zabaan Sambhalke

Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (literal meaning: 'This Life As It Is') is a Sitcom that was popular on Indian television; it aired for the first time in 1984. It was written by comedy writer Sharad Joshi and directed by Kundan Shah, S. S. Oberoi and Raman Kumar.


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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.

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Each episode was 20–25 minutes long and was aired on Fridays at 9:00pm IST. 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 of cinemas were affected due to the airing of the show. The character of South Indian girl is amzing.


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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 (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.

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A trademark of the Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi were the characters played by Satish Shah. In each episode, Shah played a different character who played a key role in the plot. These characters would be from many professions and regions of India, with some being close family friends of the Vermas and others being total strangers. During the mid-1980s Satish was anointed as "King of Comedy" by the entertainment media as a direct consequence of the multitude of characters that he played on the show. In later episodes, Anjan Srivastav joined the show, playing different characters.

Second season

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After several highly successful shows, Shafi Inamdar (who played Ranjit) left. However, with the huge popularity of Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, a repackaged second attempt was made with the underlying idea that Ranjit and Renu have moved abroad because of his work, while Raja is still staying with Ranjit's aunt, played by the legendary actress Farida Jalal, and a servant, played by Javed Khan. Raja's love life and affair with Nivedita was the new center of activity. The second innings had a reasonably long run but never reached the fame of the first. Ranjit and Renu return for the final episode.

The alumni of this show went on to have chequered careers in Indian and other cinema over the years.

List of episodes

  • Season 1
  • Quotes

    Some quotes in the show were quite popular with teens:

  • "Ah ha ha ... What a relief!!" exclaimed repeatedly by one of the characters played by Satish Shah (the character had a constant desire to use the bathroom).
  • "Yeh kya ho rahaa hai!!??" (literally "What's going on!!??") repeatedly used by Ranjit's harangued boss played by Tiku Talsania.
  • "Thirty years ka experience hai!" (literally "I have 30 years' experience!") exclaimed by a lottery seller (dealer) played by Satish Shah.
  • "Bachchon ki duniya hai Baba..." (literally "Its children's world...") shouting by a toy seller played by Satish Shah.
  • "Kaat dalu, boss?" (literally "should I cut it down, boss?", implying, "shall I kill him, boss?") a gangster's assistant, played by a trigger happy Avtar Gill, in an episode where some smugglers come to Ranjit's home in search of a briefcase containing diamonds.
  • Actors

  • Shafi Inamdar as Ranjit, the husband (in the first season)
  • Swaroop Sampat as Renu, Ranjit's wife
  • Rakesh Bedi as Raja, Renu's brother
  • Tiku Talsania as Ranjit's boss (and later Raja's father in law)
  • Satish Shah as different character in each episode.
  • Farida Jalal as Ranjit's aunt in the second innings.
  • Sulbha Arya as Mandira Bhattacharya Bengali neighbour
  • Vijay Kashyap as Bhattacharya Bengali neighbour
  • Reena Wadhwa as Rashmi, the daughter of Ranjit's Aunt
  • Javed Khan Amrohi as Jhumru the servant in Season 2
  • Jatin Kanakia as Uncle in the first season.
  • References

    Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi Wikipedia