Wondering if Mihir is still the same? Image: Fotocorp
If you are a '90s kid, you do remember the torture your mother put you through when she made you watch Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, simply because she hogged the remote. You did not have a choice except to sit and watch Smriti Irani aka Tulsi Virani bawl like a baby, families taking 20-year-leaps in the snap of a finger, mysterious thunder and lightning striking every now and then, and Mihir Virani, the protagonist, changing constantly.
The last one was without any plastic surgery involved, mind you. And 18 years since the show changed the course of Indian television, turns out it is one of the things that still leaves Smriti and Ekta Kapoor, the showmaker, in splits.
Smriti, our current textile minister, shared a throwback still from the show that shot her to popularity, thanking Ekta and Shobha Kapoor for trusting her when no one else did. "18 years ago began a journey that changed my life forever @ektaravikapoor @shobha9168 you believed in me when no one wanted to take a chance #ksbkbt fans & friends thank you for the support & blessings 🙏❤️ ," Smriti wrote on Instagram.
What a memory! But what caught our attention was a sweet exchange of comments between Smriti and Ekta, which basically echoed what we were thinking back when we were watching the show.
A badass Ekta cheekily commented on the post, saying, "Hahahaha Har hafte Mihir badalte the" and Smriti quickly added, "Tell me about it? Daily set pe aake poochna padta tha kal wala Mihir hai ki gaya?"
To put it in context for those who're clueless at the moment, the man you see in the picture is THE original Mihir — Amar Upadhyay. About midway in the show, probably after the first time lapse, Amar took off and the late Inder Kumar reprised the role. Inder's stint on the show was very brief and, to be fair, he neither had the good-boy vibe that Amar brought to the character, nor the gravitas that Ronit Roy was to bring after him.
Yup, you've guessed it, Ronit finally took over the role and was with the show till it ended. So yeah, there was a time in Indian television when moms and daadis had no idea which Mihir they were going to shed a tear for that day. And we sat there wondering "Kal wala Mihir hai ki gaya?" Indian television, we tell you *facepalm*