FRIENDS REUNION – The One Where they get Together, After 17 years

FRIENDS theme song –

I’ll be there for you

(When the rain starts to pour)

I’ll be there for you

(Like I’ve been there before)

I’ll be there for you

(‘Cause you’re there for me too)

If you are already humming automatically and the tune of the soundtrack has begun playing in your brain, then probably you would be overjoyed at the buzz going on. The announcement of the FRIENDS Reunion to be aired on the 27th of May 2021. It has been a shimmer of light in the dark of the Pandemic. There has been quite a buzz on the web, as each of us, the fans of the iconic web series, anticipate its arrival. 

The Good Old Days – FRIENDS

The show has not only made us ROFL with their hilarious moves and dialogue delivery but also stayed always close to us. The duos like Mondler, Ross and Rachel, Joey and Chandler, Phoebe and Mike, and of course Gunther and Central Perk have had our hearts. They have been like our real-time friends. 

A complete dose of 100% pure 85 hours of entertainment, the show is packed with Smiles, Laughter, Lessons, and Emotions. If you haven’t watched it yet, Joey would surely tell you, 

“So why don’t you be a grown-up and come and watch some TV in the fort?”

The Indian Version – ‘Hello Friends’

Recently, quite a few iconic scenes of the show have resurfaced bringing unforgettable memories back to life. However, along with that something you might or might not have come across is the Indian version of this show, ‘Hello Friends’. 

Yes, the feeling of ‘’Ughhhh, Why?’’ is mutual. 

As much it pains us to recall back the scenes of the original show and watch its spoiled Indian version, it is necessary to pinpoint the horrible adaptation, so that the Indian makers could see how we feel. The show aired on ZeeTV back in 1999, “oh why why why but?” Probably to spoil good memories. 

While watching the show, there’s this meme that stuck to my mind, “Copy kii toh kii, uske baad bhi fail ho gaye!” 

The Obvious, Undoubted Disappointment 

A complete test of Patience, the ‘Hello Friends’ will haunt you. Don’t believe me? Read further.  

Central Perk turned to Uncle Sam and Gunther is Uncle Sam, an extremely unfunny character who will make your nose cringe in every appearance with his dialogues and performance. He is that one Uncle in every Bollywood movie who is over-enthusiastic always for no reason whatsoever. 

You still haven’t witnessed the scene where Phoebe’s guitar-playing hobby is taken to bits by the Indian character Penny. The reaction of Phoebe to even 5 minutes of the show adaptation would have been, “My eyes My eyes o my eyes” 

The mention of, “Election 5 saal mein wapas aata hai, biwi nai” shows the Z-Grade Indian standard of comedy. Not to forget the saree-clad Nisha (Rachel) running in from the entrance sign named ‘Uncle Sam’. 

The reason for Ross’s first divorce is shown as adultery with another man. Yea, cause the Lesbian relationship, was a concept beyond the understanding of the Indian Public back then, (even now more or less), that pretty much sums up how long you could bear the show without a frustration-filled headache. 

GOODBYE, ‘’Hello Friends’’

The IMDB rating of 1.1 is not a surprise, another couple of points deducted would have been quite understandable. 

Each character in the show will make you wonder more and more about when this nightmare will end?

The pathetically low standard comedy levels are evident to the blunt eye, as the characters keep on filling the memorable scenes with PJs and squeamish dialogues. They themselves regretted their decision of featuring in the show. 

One good part of this show, however, is that it lasted only for 26 episodes. Obviously, how long could you keep acting, spoiling the scene after scene and yet not realize it? Well, if you still wonder about Gopi Bahu’s laptop washing scene, believe me, you haven’t yet seen the worst. 

Not just us, the whole world has been tweeting the same. Some tweets had feelings synonymous to the sentence as below:

If Corona is the worst thing that you have seen and experienced, the remake of this show is the disaster that will change your definition of the worst. The lack of oxygen is life-threatening, the lack of comedy in this series will make you ‘Die of Laughter’ 

“Original is always Gold!”

Hoping you never experience any such horrors in your life.

But if you ever do, remember there will always be a

A Joey to ask you,

“How you doin’?”

A Ross to always answer,

“I’m Fine” 

No matter how many divorces he has been through.

A Phoebe to hype you up,

“God, I love how sexy I am”

A C-handle-r who tries encouraging and ends up making you laugh,

“I can handle this. “Handle” is my middle name. Actually, “handle” is the middle of my first name.”

A Monica to show the harsh reality,

“Welcome to the real world! It sucks. You’re gonna love it!”

And of course,

A Rachel to be your companion in the grieving,

“Everyone is getting married or pregnant or promoted and I’m getting coffee! And it’s not even for me!”

So cheer up mate, 

And instead of thinking any more about the adaptation “Hello Friends”, Say Hello to the Original FRIENDS Reunion on the 27th of May 2021 on the application ZEE5 at 12:32 pm.


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