8 HILARIOUS ‘Sarabhai vs Sarabhai’ Moments, Handpicked and Ranked By Us!

I think it’s fair to say that Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai is one of the greatest TV shows of all time. The TV series, that only aired from 2004-2006 on Star ONE and then briefly on Hotstar during 2017, was welcomed into all of our homes. We were both equally amused and frightened by Maya Sarabhai, shook our heads at Rosech’s awful kavitas, felt bad for Sahil, laughed at Monisha & Indravadhan’s antics, and cringed every time Madhusudhanbhai yelled “HAIN??”

Sarabhai vs Sarabhai was nothing short of iconic. To commemorate the show’s brilliance, here are 8 moments that are absolutely unforgettable — and that are true testaments to the brilliant, witty writing and talent of the actors involved.

8 / 8

Popat Kaka ki Atma

Do you remember the hilarity that ensued at Popat Kaka’s funeral? Well, after their relative Popat Kaka passed away in Los Angeles, the Sarabhais discover that his last wish was that Maya sing at his funeral. Maya unfortunately loses her voice and, to her horror, Monisha has to sing in her place! What makes matters worse, and more comical, is when Indravadhan and Sahil join in the sangeet.

7 / 8

When Indravadan Hid inside a Cupboard

Indravadan and Maya were constantly bickering and bantering, but we knew at the end of the day they loved each other. In this specific episode, Maya and Indravadan get into a fight and the latter takes it a bit too far. He hides in the cupboard while pretending to have be missing/dead, just to see Maya’s reaction. Of course, Maya is far too sharp for his trivial games and after discovering that he’s been in hiding the whole time, she pretends to be having an affair. Guess they’re both made for each other!

6 / 8

When the Sarabhais Played Scrabble

Look, Monisha might not be the brightest bulb in the room, but she does provide us with some great entertainment. Only this unique woman would think of playing the word “Dhadkan” during a game of Scrabble — the reason being it’s the name of the movie in which Akshay Kumar, Shilpa Shetty and Sunil Shetty starred. Oh, Monisha. That’s so middle class. But we love it!

5 / 8

Jasmine Ben — Rosech’s Amazing Love Interest

Once Sarabhai vs Sarabhai was rebooted in 2017 for an online Hotstar audience, the entire game changed. After 11 whole years the Sarabhais were back in our lives and we were so excited to see what everyone was upto. Interestingly, Rosech found love! And just when Maya thought a lovely, upper-class beauty named Jasmine would walk into her life, in came Jasmine Ben. With a thick Gujarati accent and mannerisms that make Monisha seem “not middle class,” Jasmine is Maya’s worst nightmare. But we, as an audience, love her!

4 / 8

When Maya Became Monisha

In what has to be one of the funniest episodes of all time, Maya Sarabhai loses her memory briefly and becomes attached to her favourite family member — Monisha! Totally besotted by her, Maya becomes the epitome of middle-class: strutting around in a middle-class saree, jewellery and make up, sindoor, a middle-class accent, and loves bargaining with shopkeepers. How sad that this was just once, and just temporary.

3 / 8

When Dushyant, Sonya and Madhusudhanbhai showed up

I mean, what are the Sarabhais without the additional quirky characters? Be it Madhusudhanbhai’s deafness that allows for comedic hilarity as Maya and Indravadhan are irritated by his constant questioning “HAIN”, or Sonya’s crazy psychic predictions (that rarely ever come true), or Dushyant’s favourite thing in the world to do : “I’ll explain,” the supporting cast is just as entertaining as the main one. Sarabhai vs Sarabhai is nothing without them.

2 / 8

How Monisha Met Sahil

One of my favourite episodes is Episode 20, when we watch the story of how Monisha & Sahil met, unfold. These two are complete opposites from completely opposite worlds; Monisha is dramatic and loud, Sahil is softspoken and calm. Monisha comes from a middle-class background in Delhi/Punjab while Sahil belongs to the elite world of South Bombay. Monisha is messy and emotional while Sahil is neat and rational. The whole ‘opposites attract’ actually seems to work in their favour, though, and the story of how they met and fell in love is actually a rather adorable one.

1 / 8

Indravadhan vs Rosech = Maya vs Monisha

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If Indravadhan loves to bully Rosech in every episode, it’s fair to say that Maya enjoys doing the same with Monisha. Whether it’s Rosech’s horrible kavita, his Freudian relationship with his ‘momma’ or everything between his looks/hair/voice/personality, Indravadhan had some joke to crack about it. As for Monisha, there’s nothing she’d do that would go unnoticed by the matriarch Maya, be it her cooking, cleaning (lack of both, rather), her hair/voice/outfits, her drop-of-the-hat ‘mai ghar chod ke ja rahi hoon’ act, or her embarrassing obsession with bargaining — Maya always had to put her in her place. While we feel bad (however briefly) for Rosech and Monisha, we laugh along because we know that Indravadan and Maya are correct a lot of the time. Also, it makes for great comedy.

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