BENGALURU: Weekend with Ramesh could be the most popular show on televison. But for the internet-savy, satire and sarcasm-loving netizens, Suresh is whom they want to spend their weekends with. Weekend with Suresh, a subtle spoof on Weekend with Ramesh, is currently the most popular and trending Kannada webseries. The show explores the life of the common man with a pinch of sarcasm. The webseries is the brainchild of a bunch of engineers and filmmakers. The team, during an exclusive chat with City Express, speaks about the effort behind the making of the series. The director and actor, Nagabhushan, chose to spoof Weekend with Ramesh because the skeleton of the programme best suited to make a skit.
“The original show pools in people who were with a celebrity at different stages of his or her life. With Suresh, we thought about brining in a similar concept. In the Honest Government Officer episode, we brought in a lot of people who claim stake in making a government officer corrupt; in Extra- Ordinary House Wife, we have tried to highlight why a well-qualified woman settles to be a housewife. Sarcasm blended well with the show, and hence, we were able to win hearts,” says director Nagabhushan. The first season, released a few months ago, and featured a software engineer.
Techies from across borders gave the team a thumbs-up. In fact, actor Ramesh Arvind himself tweeted about the webseries and expressed appreciation. Actor-director Pavan Kumar is now one of the producers of the second season. The show is produced under the banner of Karnataka Entertainment Board. Four episodes have been shot, of which two episodes are already creating buzz on the Internet. The next episode will be out soon, says Nagabhushan. When asked who is taking the hot seat in next episode, Nagabhushan says, “Wait and watch.”
Poornachandra Mysore, who has played lead roles in a few films, is the host of the show. Parts of it demand imitating Ramesh Arvind. When asked how he managed to pull off an actor like Ramesh, Poornachandra says, “We avoided imitation. We never wanted to make Ramesh sir uncomfortable. So I would say that I’ve tried to follow him and his gestures throughout the show.” Another director of the show, Mahesh, says, “The original show was very famous. One day, when we were discussing ideas, we thought of a similar show with the common man in the hot seat. That’s how the show was born. The idea was widely discussed, improvised and was brought to the screen.” “Thankfully there is less criticism and more appreciation,” he adds.Weekend with Suresh is all about sarcasm, mockery and not to forget, entertainment.
The first guest of the second season - honest govt officer, in a simple and plain language, explains the corruption that is deep-rooted in the system. His friends who appear on the show - Mr Bribe, a PDO, a pune, a cable operator and a few other govt officers, explain the ‘state-of- the art Bengaluru roads’. The second episode, Mane Mechina House Wife (Extra-Ordinary House Wife), played by Sowmya Jaganmurthy, has taken the Internet by storm. The sarcasm in every line, keeps you hooked to the show.