'Raamkhilavaan's' suspended animation to continue

MUMBAI: Raamkhilavaan CM n Family, the Sabe TV spoof that was not intended as a spoof, does not seem destined for an early comeback.

After Bihar chief minister Laloo Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal supporters dragged the satellite channel, and the serial's cast and crew to court, claiming defamation, the twice weekly show had to be taken off air after just a month of being on air. The series, that launched on 5 August, was taken off after the first week of September.

According to a Sabe TV spokesperson, the case pending in the Patna high court, is expected to reach a verdict by the end of September. The channel hopes to get a positive reprieve from the Supreme Court if the Patna court order goes against it.

The serial revolves around a self-serving chief minister who has mastered the art of manipulating democracy for personal gain. In his nefarious projects, he is abetted by his scheming wife Imarti and daughters Rajneeti, Party, Ghotali and Sarkar, named after important political junctures of their father.

The writer-producer of the serial, Ashwini Dheer, claims that only the wig is the common factor between his protagonist and Laloo Prasad Yadav. Apart from Raamkhilavaan, the channel had introduced three other new shows around the same time, but the spoof was the only show which managed to attract the most publicity due to its colourful albeit controversial content.

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