Praful in Khichdi
He had a penchant of wrongly translating English words for his wife Hansa, whom he loved dearly. A simple man, he interpreted everything at face value which often led to chaos and laughter. Also, he never did anything right. This infuriated his father and yet for some weird reason he trusted Praful with important work. There was a certain innocence to the character, which made the imbecile Praful played by Rajeev Mehta endearing.
Hansa in Khichdi
Hello! How are? No, we haven’t forgotten to complete the question, but that’s how Hansa the adorable idiot of Khichdi would greet everyone. Dim-witted and slow, Hansa could not understand English to save her life but if you thought that would stop her, you couldn’t be more wrong. Our Gujjuben would insist on deciphering every word that she came across and use it randomly on unsuspecting people leading to humourous situations. Her sluggish manner of speech and Hindi laced with a strong Gujarati accent would have been irritating but Supriya Pathak did it so naturally and with so much elan that it became iconic.
Freddie in CID
He is an inspector but he cries at the drop of a hat or whenever he is nervous or confused. Fredericks, who is popularly called Freddie is a bumbling cop and approaches the cases in a kiddish, comical manner. The good thing is he finds humour even in the most difficult circumstances. A junior member of the CID team, he secretly dreams of heading the bureau. The role is being essayed by Dinesh Phadnis and he’s developed a fan base for his idiocy!
Bagha in Tarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chasmah
You can argue whether Bagha is stupidly simple or simply stupid! He has a clear heart and is extremely loyal to his boss Jethalal, who owns an electronics shop. Bagha follows a straight route, to the extent that sometimes he causes loss and embarrassment to Jethalal. He has no malice but says the wrong things at the wrong time. This dolt played by Tanmay Vakaria has to be a lovable idiot.
Gadhaprasad in Chidiyaghar
A completel moron, Gadhaprasad essayed by Jeetu Shivare lives up to his name and how! He has the habit of taking everything that is said to him literally which leads to hilarious situations. When Babuji tells Gadha, ‘Jara terrace pe jake kapde utar lana’. Gadha returns in just his basics. A perplexed Babuji asks him why he’s come without clothes, to which Gadha replies ‘Aapne hi to bola kapde utarne!’ What’s more he gave his twist to Gangnam Style with his unique gadha style.
Kitty in Karamchand
The dumb but cute pony-tailed secretary of detective Karamchand, Sushmita Mukherjee’s Kitty was a delight to watch. Bungling and fumbling, she always came up with half-baked theories on a case, which prompted her boss to often say ‘shut up Kitty.’ But she was so genial that Karamchand couldn’t do without her, neither could the viewers!
Roshesh in Sarabhai vs Sarabhai
A wannabe actor and poet, Roshesh was actually a ninny. A mama’s boy through and through, his father hated him and couldn’t believe he had produced a son like that! Roshesh’s poems made no sense save for the fact that he used rhyming words. But his mother admired his kiddish poetry and forced everyone to listen to it. He spoke with a peculiar accent – the way he said ‘momma’ was a riot. Despite all his odd mannerisms, he was the most lovable character in the serial and made Rajesh Kumar who essayed the role a household name.
Nandu in Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahi
He was Jassi’s best friend. Bespectacled, clumsy and very ordinary looking, he was the male equivalent of the ugly Jassi. A simpleton he was loyal to Jassi though at times he unwittingly got her into trouble. With his immaturity and funny jokes he came across as a clown. And yet, there were times when his advice was bang-on leading you to think there was a latent intelligence in him. It was Gaurav Gera who made Nandu a lovable idiot.
Gattu in Baa Bahoo Aur Baby
Physically he was in his 20s but mentally he was a 12-year-old. No, he was not mentally retarded – he just didn’t grow up! He wore shorts and buttoned up his shirt inside out. He got along best with the children in the family and created a nuisance. What made Gattu, played by Deven Bhojani, lovable was his innocence, even when he irritated the hell out of you. His presence was enough to create humour and sometimes without meaning to, he would say things that would make a lot of sense. He was a duffer alright but remained the apple of everyone’s eyes!
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