National: Small talk or conversation starters, as we call it, is a customary way to connect with people to know about them or the happenings in their life. One such conversation starter used every day by most Indians when they meet a friend, neighbour, family, or acquaintance is ‘Aur Bhai Kya Chal Raha Hai’! Echoing this culture in a light-hearted narrative is the slice-of-life story of the two families – Mishras and the Mirzas, in & TV’s brand-new show, Aur Bhai Kya Chal Raha Hai? It is produced by Amjad Hussain Sheikh of Shade Productions. The show will feature local talents in the lead, with Akansha Sharma as Sakina Mirza, Farhana Parveen as Shanti Mishra, Pawan Singh as Zafar Ali Mirza, and Amrish Bobby as Ramesh Prasad Mishra. Aur Bhai Kya Chal Raha Hai will premiere on March 30, 2021, at 9:30 pm on &TV, airing every Monday to Friday.
Celebrating every facet, flavour, character, and essence of the Lucknowi culture &TV will set a new benchmark in television entertainment with homegrown content, local talent, and production capabilities. Set against the backdrop of Lucknow, the show will give a glimpse of situational comedy that ensues when two culturally opposite families are forced to share a roof, manoeuvre day-to-day concerns of small-town-living and highly competitive wives. The show captures the long-standing Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb of Lucknow through the two families – the Mishras and the Mirzas, cohabiting in an old nawabi haweli. Each wishing to own the haveli and not share it with the other leads to constant bickering and amusing scuffles around everyday issues and incidents.
Portraying the harmless jealousy between the neighbouring wives, Shanti and Sakina, and their henpecked husbands – Ram Chandra Mishra and Zafar Ali Mirza, the show will take the viewers through an entertaining and engaging story revolving around these two families who are ‘Acche Waqt Ke Sabse Bade Dushman Aur Bure Waqt Ke Sabse Acche Dost.’ In all this, will be a neighbourhood Whatsapp group titled ‘Aur Bhai Kya Chal Raha Hai’ run by the local political leader’s domestic help, keeping the Mishra-Mirza housewives up-to-date with all the latest and juicy happenings and gossips in their mohalla and using every piece of information to outdo each other.
Talking about this brand-new show, Vishnu Shankar, Business Head, &TV, said, “&TV has always been successful in presenting culturally rich, relatable, and enjoyable content to its viewers. Whether it is Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai or Happu Ki Ultan Paltan, the audience has showered their love in appreciation for these shows. So far, we have been showcasing various stories which are based in MP and UP but are shot in Mumbai. Today we are proud to present to you a completely Lucknow based show, ‘Aur Bhai Kya Chal Raha Hai?’, which is shot entirely in Lucknow with local talent and production unit. We hope to receive the same love and support from our audience for our latest content offering.”
Producer Amjad Hussain Sheikh (Shade Productions) shared, “There have been several stories on television and movies depicting Indian culture. However, for the first time, we have a locally sourced story, written and produced with complete local talents, including the entire team of production and actors, shot in Lucknow city’s local locations, capturing its culture’s true essence and way of life. We are confident that the story will resonate with the audience on various levels – be its relatable characters of neighbouring couples, their constant squabbles, the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb, the everyday commoner’s issues, so on and so forth. It is an ambitious project with an equally ambitious dream team. We are quite excited about it and looking forward to the audience’s appreciation and acceptance.”
Akanksha Sharma, portraying ‘Sakina Mirza’, said, “I am very excited to be a part of this show. The moment I heard the script and the character sketch of Sakina, it was an instant yes for me. Both felt perfect. Sakina’s personality is very similar to my real-life persona, and I could connect with it naturally. It is a light-hearted, fun show set in Lucknow, and the viewers will surely resonate with it.”
Pavan Singh, portraying ‘Zafar Ali Mirza’, said, “Mirza is a family man running his ancestral tea shop in the mohalla. He enjoys being in the spotlight and staying a step ahead of the Mishras. The story is quite refreshing, and the constant but harmless bickering amongst the neighbours – the Mishras and the Mirzas on everyday issues is fun and relatable. The audience will thoroughly enjoy this simple and entertaining story.”
Farhana Parveen playing the role of Shanti, said, “Although my character’s name is Shanti, which means Peace, she is quite the opposite of it when she starts blabbering. She is blunt, loud, and straight-forward and has complete control over her husband, Ram Chandra Mishra. I am returning to the comedy genre after a gap of five years, and I could not have asked for a much better show than this.”
Ambrish Bobby, as Ramesh Prasad Mishra shared, “I portray the character of Ramesh Prasad Mishra, who owns a paan shop which is doing very well in the city. All he wants to be is the talk of the town, but biwi ke aage inki ho jaati hai bolti bandh. The Lucknowi culture is strongly embedded in every aspect of the story – the storyline, characters, look, feel and dialect. The audience will surely enjoy watching it as much as we have enjoyed making it. The show is refreshing different, and the content is fun and relatable.”