Fans dig up Shah Rukh Khan’s 1989 film Umeed and draw parallels with hit series Panchayat

Season 2 of Panchayat was a smash hit. Fans have loved the simplicity and warmth of the show and all of the characters. The popular comedy-drama series directed by Deepak Kumar Mishra stars Jitendra Kumar, Raghubir Yadav, Neena Gupta, Chandan Roy, Neena Gupta, Raghubir Yadav, Faisal Malik and Sanvikaawas.

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Both seasons of the show followed the life of Abhishek (played by Kumar), an engineering graduate who settles down as a panchayat secretary in a remote village of Phulera in Uttar Pradesh because there are no better job opportunities.

While fans are still loving the second season of “Panchayat,” some managed to dig up an old TV movie from 1989 and began to draw parallels between Panchayat and the film “Umeed”.


Umeed is a 1989 film in which Shah Rukh Khan is sent to a village as a banker just like Abhishek Tripathi (Jitendra Kumar).

Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan

In a series of tweets, fans pointed out that Shah Rukh Khan previously played a character like Mohan Bhargav in Swades, and he played “Bank Babu” in Umeed released on Doordarshan.

This is an oddly satisfying coincidence, as Panchayat actor Jitendra Kumar revealed in a recent interview with Bollywood Hungama that Shah Rukh Khan would have been the ideal choice for the role of Sachiv had Panchayat 2 been filmed in the 1990s.

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