Not the Jeannie of our Dreams
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Jeannie Aur Juju
Monday to Friday, 9.30pm
What's it about?
The writer of several best-selling novels, Sidney Sheldon, back in the '60s, penned a TV show that merged situational comedy with fantasy. His intention was to offer competition to the then-popular TV series Bewitched in the same genre that revolved around a witch trying to lead the life of a regular housewife. Sheldon's I Dream of Jeannie went on to become equally iconic in the US. The show met with similar response when it aired in India, close to three decades later, in the '90s on Sony.
The story of the show revolved around Captain Tony Nelson, an astronaut, who discovers a bottle on a deserted island where he is stranded. Upon opening it, appears Jeannie, a djinn who has been trapped inside for 2,000 years. She falls in love with him and accompanies him home without his knowledge after making sure that he is rescued. The five-season series then revolved around Jeannie's antics and Nelson's efforts to keep her existence a secret. Now, Sab TV, owned by Sony network, which owns the show's distribution rights, has adapted it as Jeannie Aur Juju.
Who's in it?
The key characters remain the same as the original although their names are Indianised. Captain Tony Nelson is Captain Vikram Khanna, a pilot, portrayed by Ali Asgar. But Jeannie — played by Giaa Manek, Gopi bahu on Star Plus' Saath Nibhaana Saathiya — lovingly calls him, well, Juju. The other recurring characters include Vikram's boss and owner of Priya Airlines (Jiten Mukhi), his daughter Priya (Navina Bole) who is Vikram's possessive girlfriend, Vikram's best pal Captain Virendra Lakhanpal (Harsh Khurana) aka Vela, and Dr Cyrus Doctor (Kurush Deboo), a health specialist at Priya Airlines.
Jeannie Aur Juju hardly seems promising, leaving very little that can be said in its favour. The show, in its first three episodes, kept close to the original.