Star One continues its dalliance with comedy with 'Paani Puri'

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New Delhi, Aug 29 (UNI) Imagine people from two diverse backgrounds and cultures- one bred in English culture with emphasis on sophistication, and the other from a Punjabi family believing in full exhibition of one's emotions- coming together under one roof! The confusion arising out of two families with contrast habits and tastes, one a fan of English music while the other loving Punjabi folk; one players of bridge while the other loving the 'Teen Patti' card game; one believing in eating their food with a fork and knife while the other used to eating rice with their fingers- staying under one roof is the subject of a new TV series, to be aired on Star One channel from tomorrow.

Reiterating the channel's expertise at comedy, after 'The Great Indian Laughter Challenge', 'Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai' and 'Instant Khichdi', is 'Paani Puri', a new sitcom set against a backdrop where two families hailing from diverse cultures and backgrounds come to live under one roof, to cause mayhem and chaos! To be aired from tomorrow every Saturday at 2100 hours, 'Paani Puri' is about how two diverse families are forced to come together under one roof for the sake of their children's love.

Vikas Puri, a middle class 28 years old can't do without Divya Paani, 25, daughter of a retired bureaucrat. They are a young couple in love. Without any qualms, the two lovers push their luck and not only manage to tie the knot but bring their respective parents to deal with each other.

Pitted against each other are a Punjabi, middle class Puri family, which believes that the human voice is a gift of god and must be used in variable octaves generously and the sophisticated Paani family, which feels that the human voice is the sound of the human mind and therefore one should utter any kind of sound only for a purpose.

The two sets of parents make ample efforts to convince the newly married couple that Pani and Puri is an explosive blend. The clash of culture and class forms the humour element of the show while the romance element is formed by two different individuals trying to maintain peace within families and within themselves.

Coming close on the heels of successful comedy series on the channel like 'The Great Indian Laughter Challenge', 'Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai' and 'Instant Khichdi', 'Paani Puri' is an effort to reiterate its expertise in ''keeping the viewers in splits''.

Says the executive vice-president of Star One, Ravi Menon, ''Comedy as a genre has done extremely well and is now the backbone for most of the shows. Star One has pioneered comedy on television and has always presented audiences with the best quality entertainment. With this show as well we are promising to create a rage. The simplicity of the story and the characters will surely take the viewer's through a joy ride.'' UNI AR AM HS1203

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