Amitabh Bachchan as Babuji, Paresh Rawal as Praful in Khichdi movie: JD Majethia reveals he dropped the idea, was afraid ‘public maregi’

July 11,2024

Khichdi was one of the most popular television comedies of the early 2000s and the show got so successful that the producers actually started thinking about making a film based on the show. This concept was unheard of in India at the time so when producer JD Majethia actually started putting the film together, he was told that he should cast bigger stars in the film. In a chat with Radio Nasha, he shared that he once thought about casting Amitabh Bachchan and Paresh Rawal for Khichdi movie. 

"When we were making the movie for Khichdi, we were speaking to many people about it so one of the big directors and even the studio told us that the script is great. They said when you are bringing it from TV to film, you make this comedy with stars. We were given the suggestion that we should take Amitabh Bachchan for Babuji's role, and Paresh Rawal for Praful's role. We only thought about it and never took it to them," said. Anang Desai played Babuji on the show and Rajeev Mehta played Praful.

Majethia said that the more they thought about it, the more they realised that casting Bachchan might not be the best idea. "We kept thinking about it. But then we realsied that 'public maaregi (audience will hate us)'. They have suggested it and we are making a proposal with this. If someone treats Amit ji the way we treat Babuji on the show... Amitabh Bachchan is such a respected actor, star, human being, personality, visionary, he inspires crores of people," he said.

Majethia said that Bachchan is well respected and if they showed him being pushed around, like how Babuji was often treated on the show, the audience might get offended. "We show him like we are pushing him around, pushing him in the sea, if we treat him like this, people will hate us. So we dropped the idea. And we also thought that our guys have done such a wonderful job, so why not go with our team only," he said.

Khichdi franchise has had two films in the past. The first movie in 2010 and the second film, Khichdi 2: Mission Paanthukistan in 2023.