An ode to Hum Paanch

Writer Mahesh Pandey was 14 when the popular sitcom Hum Paanch first went on-air, but Priya Tendulkar’s character was etched on his heart forever. The actress played the role of late Mrs Mathur and spoke to her husband via her photo-frame, and their banter was a high point of the show. And so when the writer-producer got an opportunity, he included it in his new show Gupta Brothers but this time the fun conversation is between a dead mother, played by Aditi Deshpande, and her step-son, essayed by Hiten Tejwani.

Mahesh says, “Hum Paanch was my favourite show and I must have been 14-years-old then. And I was mighty impressed by Priya Tendulkar ji’s character in the show. Even when you are that young, a few things stay in your mind. I used to love it whenever they showed her conversation with Ashok Saraf ji.” Gupta Brothers, produced by Mahesh and his wife Madhu Pandey, airs on Star Bharat. 

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