Shararat (TV series)
Shararat – Thoda Jaadu, Thodi Nazaakat is an Indian fantasy sitcom which aired on Star Plus channel from 2003 to 2007. The show loosely based on the American teen sitcom Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Reruns of the show also aired on STAR Utsav, TV Asia, and Disney Channel India. In September 2010, Disney Channel India bought the rights to the show.
|Directed by||Rajiv Mehra|
|Opening theme||"Shararat" by Sunidhi Chauhan|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||192|
|Running time||approx. 23 minutes|
|Production company(s)||UTV Software Communications|
|Original network||Star Plus|
|Original release||24 January 2003 –|
17 November 2006
Shararat revolves around Jiya (Shruti Seth), who is the great great great great grand daughter of Rani Devi (Daisy Irani)/(Shammi (actress)). The show opens on the occasion of Jiya's 18th birthday .Hailing from a family of fairies, Jia unknowingly becomes the wielder of magical powers. As a result of good deeds by ancestors, her family's first girl child of each generation is blessed with magical powers on turning 18 and so is Jiya. Jiya lives with her family: her father Dr. Suraj Malhotra (Mahesh Thakur), her mother Radha (Poonam Narula, later Eva Grover), her brother Jai and her maternal grandmother Sushma (Farida Jalal). Apart from this, there are Jiya's college friends and acquaintances such as the stud basketball player Dhruv on whom Jiya secretly has a crush. Dhruv returns her ardor, while Parminder (or Pam, as she yells at everybody to call her), the latest NRI entry in the college, threatens Jiya that she will grab all of Dhruv's attention; Meeta, her starry-eyed and romantic best friend and Raja, Dhruv's best friend who is always irritated with Meeta running after him. Pam is also the niece of Shanti Saberwal, the classic neighbour of Malhotra's who is convinced that everything is not normal with the Malhotra household and who always goes there to borrow something or the other. She also wants to marry Suraj. She has a son named Bittu who sometimes teases Jia's brother Jai. The Malhotra home with three fairies who use, or rather misuse, their magic nearly always ends up in some trouble. Suraj, who learnt on his wedding day that not only his wife, but also his mother-in-law is a fairy, has to deal with his mother-in-law who insists that her daughter and grand daughter practice magic for almost everything. Midway through the series, Bebo, a 10-year-old fairy, is sent to live with the Malhotra family as she is causing mischief everywhere in Paristan, the world of fairies. Normally, a fairy cannot use her magical powers until her 18th birthday, at which Rani Devi sprays a few drops of magical potion on the fairy, thereby releasing all her magical powers. However, Bebo accidentally fell in the entire pot of potion, and that's why she can do magic when other underage fairies cannot.
In season 3, Due to misunderstandings created by Jiya's duplicate between Jiya and Dhruv, Dhruv is not talking to Jiya. Nani opens Naughty Nani's cafe and also helps Jiya to get her job,a writer. On her job, she made manager impress by her work and a coworker develops crush on her and start sending cards to her. Shanti also opens marriage bureau in Nani's cafe where a man wants to marry Jiya instead of Pam but Jiya get saved by Nani. To help Jiya, Nani gives Shanti and her husband's love to Jiya and Dhruv but goes wrong and they end up having a fight . Meanwhile, when Jia thinks that her feeling for Dhruv have changed and she isn't missing him, Neel Bajaj enter's her life with the motive of acquiring the magical powers of three Indian fairies (Sushma,Radha and Jia). She is smitten by his charm. Elsewhere, when Dhruv gets to know that Jia is perfectly normal from their broken friendship, he decides to meet her at Nani's cafe where he gets introduced to Neel who allows Dhruv to win an arm wrestling match with him, thus winning Jia's heart.Neel informs his boss that their plan to plan to separate Jia and Dhruv is working as for the first time in life Jia did not mind Dhruv losing any match. Jia is confused with her feelings for Neel and Dhruv. Neel even tries to kill Dhruv and snatch Jia's powers but is not successful. This creates a doubt in the fairies' minds about Neel's intentions . However, Jia still thinks he is innocent. Later,Sushma and Jia enter a fairy tale book followed by Radha who plays modern fairy God mother, Jia has to play a character resembling Cindrella and Pam and Shanti are her step relatives. She is extremely excited to know that Dhruv is her prince. Meanwhile, Neel uses this opportunity and decides to snatch their magical powers and burn the book . Bebo and Suraj try to stop him but in vain .In the fairy tale, Sushma and Radha's powers become weak and Jia looses consciousness . Prince Dhruv help them reach the place from where they entered the tale.All three of them make it just in time and are able to save themselves and catch Neel. Later, Jiya takes part in World Best Fairy Championship and wins it by giving defeat to Shani Devi and her granddaughter who try to disqualify her.
In season 4, the Malhotras move into a new house, which is haunted by four stupid but paranoid ghosts: Colonel Pritam Singh, who used to attend Sushma's college and has a crush on her since then; his son Amar Prem, whose life ambition has been to get 1000 customers to make life insurance with him; Amar's wife Pritika, who wants to become a vamp (an antagonistic actress in soap operas); and their son Nidar, who has developed a crush on Jiya. The ghost family had died whilst holidaying in the Malhotra house, and hate the family as they do not want humans to stay at the house, which they now call theirs. They play many pranks on the Malhotras, and the Malhotras in turn use their magic to annoy them, with both parties trying to force the other to leave the house forever. During Diwali when Jiya is reading, Ramayana she accidentally came in book and Ravan is out but Jiya came out by Nani's help and they happily celebrated Diwali. The 3 fairies calls Yamraj to help and he suggest to fulfill their wish and will come in the bottle and lastly fairies succeed in giving Mukti to the 4 Bhoots. The story ends with Dhruv returning from Australia. He proposes to Jiya and she accepts it.Then, as per the fairy rules they need to get married in 6 hours otherwise they'll not be able to marry each other ever . Jia convinces Suraj for this marriage on the condition that they reveal their true identity of being fairies to Dhruv, who initially gets scared but agrees to marry Jia. Also Sushma and Jia promise Suraj that they will never use magic on Dhruv and they seem to keep their promise. But we see that Radha (who ideally never used her powers unless very urgent), uses her spell on Dhruv to make him sink halfway in the ground when he refuses to eat the heavy breakfast made by her thus following Sushma's footsteps of troubling her son-in-law.
- Farida Jalal as Sushma "Nani" Mehra, Radha's mother, Suraj's mother-in-law, Jiya and Jay's Nani and 1st Indian Fairy.
- Poonam Narula as Radha Malhotra, Suraj's wife, Jiya and Jay's mother, Dhruv's mother-in-law, Sushma's daughter and 2nd Indian Fairy.(2003-2004)
- Eva Grover as Radha Malhotra, Suraj's wife, Jiya and Jay's mother, Dhruv's mother-in-law, Sushma's daughter and 2nd Indian Fairy. (2005-2006)
- Mahesh Thakur as Dr.Suraj Malhotra, Radha's husband, Jiya and Jay's father, Dhruv's father-in-law, Sushma's son-in-law and Mrs. Malhotra's son.
- Shruti Seth as Jiya Malhotra, Dhruv's wife, Suraj and Radha's daughter, Jay's elder sister, Sushma and Mrs. Malhotra's granddaughter and 3rd Indian Fairy.
- Karanvir Bohra as Dhruv, Jiya's husband, Jay's brother-in-law, Suraj and Radha's son-in-law.
- Aditi Shirwaikar Mallik as Meeta, Jia's best friend and Raja's love interest.
- Harsh Vashisht as Raja, Dhruv's best friend, Meeta's love interest.
- Shoma Anand as Shanti Saberwal, Pam's chachi, Monti's mother and wants to marry Suraj so Radha gets jealous.
- Simple Kaul as Parminder Sohni alias Pam, Shanti's niece and wants Dhruv so Jiya gets jealous.
- Shammi as Rani Devi (2003)
- Daisy Irani as Rani Devi, the Queen of Fairyland, the Leader and Creator of Fairies (2003-2006)
- Rinku Worah as Eena, Pam's friend.
- Maneka Lalwani as Tina, Pam's friend.
- Sindhu Parjaat as Lovely, Pam's friend.
- Delnaaz Irani as Pritika, Amar Prem's wife, Nidar's mother, Karnal's daughter-in-law and Bhoot of new house of Malhotras.
- Sooraj Thapar as Amar Prem, Pritika's husband, Nidar's father, Karnal's son and Bhoot of new house of Malhotras.
|Season||Ep #||First airdate||Last airdate|
|Season 1||47||24 January 2003||26 December 2003|
|Season 2||52||30 January 2004||25 March 2005|
|Season 3||46||6 May 2005||7 April 2006|
|Season 4||47||16 June 2006||20 April 2007|