Readers' Choice: TV shows that'd be great as films
And not to forget the excellent The Simpsons Movie. Currently, there are rumours about movies being made out of Arrested Development, Prison Break and Californication.
We ran a story listing ten Indian TV shows we thought could cross-over and become good movies, and you trumped us, dear reader, with your choices in the comments section, making for a very interesting list. Here, then, are your picks for TV shows you'd like to see on the big screen:
10. Captain Vyom
Now this is news that would make Milind Soman's day. The sci-fi show wasn't a massive smash but clearly had enough of a cult following to make you want an outing on the big screen, and surely Soman could slip into his silver spacesuit and put on a serious face quickly enough. Is the demand for this a bit too niche, though?
Image: A still from Captain Vyom
Free-spirited and strong-willed, she was an independent woman who, even when faced with various crises, battled back defiantly instead of getting pushed over. Bollywood could surely use more female characters like Shanti.
Image: A still from Shanti
Kalyani was a honest, good policewoman who did things by the book and yet refused to bend to pressures or expectations. Here was a character who inspired many women, and, released recently on DVD, seems to have its appeal intact. A movie? Sure.
Image: A still from Udaan
7. Vikram Aur Betaal
It was inevitable and fascinating, but seems unlikely to fit into a one-film format. A franchise, then? Or is that pushing it?
Image: A still from Vikram Aur Betaal
6. Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne
Even if Jha chose a younger new actor -- say Ranbir Kapoor who starred in his Rajneeti, or his frequent muse Ajay Devgn -- the story of a constant daydreamer escaping from real life could make for quite a film.
Image: A still from Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne
Govind Nihalani's masterpiece about a family travelling from Pakistan to India during Partition went from its original form of a television miniseries and was turned into a four-hour long feature film, but this was only screened briefly on television and tragically continues to be unavailable on home video.
Image: A still from Tamas
"I say, chaps." Good choice, this.
Colonel RK Kapur's show about a charismatic young commando made an instant star out of the young Shah Rukh Khan, and the show was watchable and exciting, and it seems hard to believe that all our memories about the character Abhimanyu Rai and his friends came out of a mere 13 episodes.
A good remake for the big-screen might work, but who could play Rai now? Ranbir Kapoor, maybe?
Image: A still from Fauji
3. Flop Show
It's the sort of comedy we just can't find in Anees Bazmee / Priyadarshan films, and maybe it's time Bhatti took his Flop Show genius to the big screen. We will, however, inevitably miss his co-actor, the late Vivek Shauq.
Image: A still from Flop Show
With one of India's finest actors in the titular role, audiences were regaled as Parashar and Pankaj Kapur created a true television icon. And Sushmita Mukherjee, despite a full and varied filmography after this 1980s show, continues to be remembered as Miss Kitty.
Image: A still from Karamchand
1. Byomkesh Bakshi
Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee adapted the stories into a widely-successful TV show (which continues to play on Doordarshan every night) with Rajit Kapur excelling as the detective.
There have, however, been several film and TV Byomkeshes, but none has matched the first: Satyajit Ray's 1967 Chiriyakhana, that featured Uttam Kumar in the title role and won him his first National Award.
Image: A still from Byomkesh Bakshi