Mumbai Calling, 2009
Sanjeev Bhaskar is perhaps best known for his hit TV series Goodness, Gracious Me and The Kumars At No. 42. However in 2009 he starred in this ITV sitcom about a fictional call centre in India.
Shot on location in India the show ran for just one series of seven episodes. A pilot episode was commissioned in 2007. After some major changes a full series followed. Due to be aired as part of ITV’s prime-time winter schedule in 2008, ITV changed their minds. Consequently the series was first aired on HBO in India in 2008 and Australia mid May 2009, before finally reaching UK screens later the same month.
The series had a host of writing credits including veteran sitcom writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Maurice Gran and Laurence Marks who all contributed episodes. Bhaskar himself wrote for all seven episodes and the pilot.
Kenny Gupta, a British Indian accountant, is sent to a call centre in Mumbai by his boss, Philip Glass. His job? Turn the centre around and make it profitable.
Kenny is joined by Glass’ daughter, Terri, and local call centre manager Dev Raja.
Sanjeev Bhaskar – Kenny Gupta
Nitin Ganatra – Dev Raja
Ratnbali Bhattacharjee – Sarika
Daisy Beaumont – Terri Johnson
Created By: Allan McKeown
Original UK Transmission Dates (series): 30th May – 11th July 2009