Versatile man of many talents, J D Majethia or Jamnadas Majethia is widely recognized for his comedy acting, especially in the series ‘
Khichdi’ which aired on the channel Star Plus. However, he is not only an actor but a director and a producer as well, working outside Hindi-centered entertainment to his origin Sindhi and Gujarathi theatre for plays.
Mr. Majethia has played characters ranging from supporting roles to central comedy roles such as: Maleyketu, son of Pauravraj, in the television epic ‘
Chanakya’ (DD National, 1991-1992) based on the life of 4th Century Indian economist, political philosopher and tactician of the same name; Paresh in
Karishma Kaa Karishma (Star Plus, 2003); Himanshu Seth, the foolish younger brother of Hansa in Khichdi (Star Plus, 2002) and
Instant Khichdi (Star Plus, 2005-2006); Dr. Harshad Thakkar in Baa Bahoo Aur Baby (Star Plus, 2005-2010) and finally, as a contestant in the reality show Survivor India in which he achieved the title of runner-up.
His work as a producer started in 2004 with Sarabhai vs. Sarabhai’s co-production alongside
Aatish Kapadia. While it was slated for a second season as it was enjoyed and applauded by both the audience and the critics alike, also achieving one of the highest TRPS ever for a comedy series in India, it did not return to television. Nonetheless, J D Majethia continued his groundbreaking work, not only acting but also producing funnier and consistently family-friendly serials and movies such as Baa Bahoo Aur Baby, Khichdi: The Movie, Mera Naam Karegi Roshan, ‘
Behenein’, Ek Doosre Se Karte Hain Pyaar Hum and Byaah Hamari Bahoo Ka.
Of these, Khichdi enjoyed a large amount of success for being entirely different to usual Indian comedies – it broke many stereotypes and became popular in an age where the Indian audience was hooked to dramatic family soaps. It also had J D Majethia in a notably humorous character with the catchphrase “Kisi ko pata nahin chalega” (translation: No one will find out).
Majethia’s birthday is the 5th of February and he is a family man with 2 daughters, Kesar (age 13) and Mishri (age 7), both who he absolutely adores. He expanded his work in the year 2013 with the launch of HatsOff Actors Academy.