Isi Bahane (Old Doordarshan TV Serial)

Isi Bahane (Old Doordarshan TV Serial)

Isi Bahane was a suspense drama based on a famous English novel Leave it to Psmith. It was a comedy story on the basis of which the Indian television show Isi Bahane was made. Sayeed Jafrey, Kiron Kher and Sushmita Mukherjee were the main attraction of the show. Though it was suspense drama but as it was based on a comedy novel, the show had fun-filled moments and full-on entertainment.

Isi Bahane (Old Doordarshan TV Serial)

With Sushmita Mukherjee the comedy took another level. As people know Sushmita is a veteran actor who had made a number of appearances in several shows and movies as a comedy character and complimented the story along with the leads. Sushmita played a thief here in the show. She was about to steal an expensive item with the help of her assistant namely Junior.

Liliput was yet another veteran actor who was also a story and dialogue writer as well. He had done a number of shows on television during 80s and 90s. Most of his creations include comedy shows. Dekh Bhai Dekh or Idhar Udhar or Isi Bahane, each show had come up with fresh comedy and different genre of shows.


The plot of the show was based on a thief called Lissie played by Sushmita Mukherjee in the show. She was a con and used to rob people with the help of her assistant called junior, character played by Liliput. The first episode started with Sushmita aka Lissie is planning how she will rob the necklace she has seen with a rich lady Mrs. Rai Khanna, the character was played by Mrs. Kiran Kher.

The entire story was based on how Lissie would visit Rai Khanna’s house and steal the necklace from Mrs. Rai Khanna. Mr. Rai Khanna, played by Saeed Jafrey here was a rich man who owned a palace. His wife had a diamond necklace which was way too expensive. The story revolved around the necklace and the various characters that introduced during the course of stealing the necklace.

It was an entertaining show with lot of comedy and suspense. The suspense started when the necklace got stolen. The comedy took place whenever Sushmita and Liliput duo came on screen. The show wasn’t much longer, neither the episodes were lengthy, but within few time it has become one of the best shows on Indian television.

Relevance Today

Isi Bahane was an entertainment show based on a comedy novel. The show didn’t have much deeper meaning. However suspense show always grows interest in you. If you watch the first episode it will force you to watch next and then next and then next. Suspense shows always let its viewers to glue to the screen as everyone wants to know what will happen next. The show did the same thing. Everyone used to eagerly wait for the next episode.

Today we have plenty of entertainment channels that consist innumerable tv shows. Some of them are tolerable some are just unbearable. But you will always find a suspense thriller or a suspense mystery show among all the family drama and such in every generation. The reason is clear, we all love such shows that let you hook to the television screen and make you wait for the next episode.

There are two types of shows that always work in every generation, be it old or new or newest. The types are suspense and comedy. Isi bahane had both the qualities in it, so it is inevitable that the show still has the charisma to woo many people from this generation.

Also the veteran actors who have done fantastic job in the show, made it more relatable and interesting. Though we don’t encounter such incidents frequently but you never know a simple show can help you solve a big mystery in your real life.

Important Details about the show
Name of the showIsi Bahane
SubjectSuspense Drama
Banner (production house)Sootradhar Film Corporation
DirectorAnand Mahendroo
CreatorAnand Mahendroo, Liliput
ProducerKusum Ansal, Anand Mahendroo
Story writerP. G. Wodehouse
Dialogues written byLiliput
Official site
Telecast Details
Telecast DateMid 90s
Aired onDoordarshan
Telecast Episodes
Episode length25 minutes
No of seasons1
Cast Details
Character NameReal name
Sir Rai KhannaSaeed Jafrey
Wife of Rai KhannaKiran Kher
LissieSushmita Mukherjee

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