Supriya Pathak, whom we all love and adore, is everything an actor should be. She's convincing, captivating and versatile. She has proven that time and again. From playing a doting mother in Wake Up Sid (2009) to playing Dhankor "Baa" Sanera in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013), she seems to have done it all. It was, however, her stint in the sitcom Khichdi (2002), where she played Hansa, the bahu of the dysfunctional Parekh parivaar, that made her a household name.
It's wonderful how a mere mention of Hansa can make "Hello, how are? Khaana khaake jaana han" ring in your ears already. If you said you did not love the heavy saree, jewellery and gajra-clad Hansa and her loving husband, Praful, you're probably lying!
Since it's Hansa bhabhi's birthday, we thought we should take a look at some definitions from the Hansa-Praful dictionary that changed English for us viewers, hamesha hamesha ke liye:
Hansa: Prafulllll…asset matlab?
Praful: Asset, Hansaa…Jab hum gaadi mein jaate hai aur jab gaadi signal par rukti hai, tab voh bhikari log aa kar kya bolte hain?
“Ae seth, thode paise do na”, Ae seth…Asset.
Hansa: Praful, confuse matlab?
Praful: Confuse Hansaaaa…Jab humaare ghar pe light chali jaati hain toh Kudkud Kumar Babuji kya kehte hain?
Hansa: Babuji toh kehte hain ki “Lo fuse ud gaya. Ab fuse theek kaun karega? Kaun fuse theek karega?” Kaun fuse. Achhaa acchha. Confuse.
Hansa: Yeh doctorate matlab?
Praful: Doctorate, Hansaaa.. Woh apni padosi Dr. Bhatt ki wife aur woh jab lunch time mein tumhe milte hain toh tum kya kehti ho?
Hansa: Accha woh. Hello, Mrs. Bhatt. Doctor, majama nai? Khana khake jaana ho!
Praful: Haan tab unki wife tumhe kya kehti hai?
Hansa: Thank you, Hansa bhabhi. But doctor already ate. Doctor ate. Doctorate.
Hansa: Praful, elastic matlab??
Praful: Elastic, Hansa…Apni voh Shraddha ben, unki beti Ila, usko jab fracture hua tha toh voh kya leke chalti thi?
Hansa: Ila toh….Ila-stick leke. Ila stick! Elastic!
Hansa: Mature matlab?
Praful: Jab apna Mahesh chori karte hue pakda gaya tha, tab usne kya kaha tha?
Hansa: Usne kaha tha, “Mujhe chhod do, main chor nahi hoon.” Main chor. Main chor. Mature. Accha accha.
Hansa: Praful, technology matlab..?
Praful: Technology, Hansa! Suno, jab hum Hiraben ki shaadi mein gaye the, tab Hiraben mehmaano se kya keh rahi thi?
Hansa: Woh logo se khaana khaane ko keh rahi thi aur keh rahi thi, “Khaiye na. Aapne toh kuch liya hi nahi. Lo ji. Khaiye! Take no, lo ji.” Take No, Lo Ji. Acccha, Take-No-Lo-Ji.
Hansa: Praful, tournament matlab?
Praful: Tournament, Hansa! Ye jo tumne jhumke pehne hain, gehne pehne hain, inko English mein kya kehte hain? Bolo bolo!
Hansa: Aaa… haha tournament.
Melisaa: Arre use tournament nahi ornament kehte hain!
Hansa: Arre kuch bhi mat bol. Ek jhumka – ornament, do jhumke- two ornament. Tournament. Ae Praful! Ye Melissa ko bhi, babuji ki tarah, kuch bhi nahi aata!
Janamdin mubaarak ho Hansa bhabhi!