Govardhan, 65, is the head of the Virani family. He is an industrialist and lives in his bungalow, "Shantiniketan". He swears by the virtues of the joint family system. Therefore, he has to put up with his three sons, their wives and sundry grandchildren, under the same roof. Govardhan's strength lies in his capacity to get to the root of problem - something sorely needed when family politics rears its head. He is honest and unbiased. Just before the transition to the next generation, Dadaji passes away.
Wife to Govardhan Virani and whipping gal for the first-generation bahus
in the Virani family, Amba is a 62-year-old who has more spunk that her daughters-in-law. Hers is the heart of a child hidden beneath the experience of a woman. Amba is the quintessential dadi
- one who has to put up with a lot of humiliation at the hands of her three daughters-in-law: Savita, Daksha and Gayatri.
The eldest son of Amba and Govardhan, Mansukh is a man often caught in embarrassing situations, thanks to his wife, Savita. Mansukh is 47 and helps his father run the family business. But his heart lies in the share market - an indulgence that lands him in trouble at times.
The second son of the Viranis, Himmat is 46. Married to Daksha, Himmat nurses the desire to run a marriage bureau some day. He's the epitome of the hen-pecked husband.
The third Virani son is 45 years old - and about 20 at heart. JD, as he likes to be called, is youthful. He likes to be thought of as "cool". JD doesn't take an active interest in the family business, and is considering the pursuit of astrology in its stead.
Govardhan and Amba's daughter Pragna is married to Navin. She's a kind and loving soul, who has to bear the barbs from her sisters-in-law. Navin goes bankrupt and Pragna has to turn to her family for aid. In her case, though, financial aid from the Virani family goes hand-in-hand with taunts from the three bahus
of the family.