It's time to die for TRPs!
new wave of shows on Indian television has made the current crop of producers
sit up and take notice. Shows are taking desperate measures to retain their
audience and amidst fierce competition the major casualities are the popular
The past few months have seen a departure in
sorts of the conventional mode of 'twist in the tale'. In a bid to
shock the audience the makers are bumping off popular and main leads in their
shows before taking the much needed generation leap to bring in fresh faces. If
Raja Ki Aayegi Baarat bid adieu to its protagonists Rani (played by Anjali
Abrol) and Yudisthir (Kapil Nirmal) and introduced a new crop of characters,
Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai saw the death of Sadhna (played by Sara Khan). Miley Jab
Hum Tum shocked its legion of fans when they bumped off Nupur (played by Rati
Pandey). "Anjali and I are not part of Raja Ki Aayegi Baarat as of
now," said actor Kapil Nirmal. "We were informed that the show is
taking a leap and I don't see us playing older characters," Sara
said. Actor Apurva Agnihotri has come in as Kinshuk Mahajan has been shown the
door. Of course these are viewed as publicity stunts. But the point is that a
death in a show does evoke great response.
Balika vadhu saw its
highest ever TRPs when they bumped off Sugana's first husband. Producer
Sudhir Sharma, whose Miley Jab Hum Tum saw the death of Nupur, the leading lady,
as the show entered Season 2, says, "No creator wants to
'kill' a character that they have created. But it's also true
that sometimes when the story reaches a plateau something drastic is required
' whether it is killing characters or making them disappear. At times the
absence of a character gives a certain momentum.
" In Sabki Ladli Bebo, the
male protagonist Amrit (played by Anuj Sachdev) was bumped off and a fresh male
lead was introduced for Bebo aka Shivsakti Sachdev. In the afternoon show Hamari
Devrani, the main leads, were replaced by newbie Vindi Sandhwad and a new male
lead as the show took a 18- year leap in time.
But leaps (with or
without the protagonist) might not always work with the audience. If Jhansi Ki
Rani was a success due to child star Ulka Gupta, the present track with the
grown up Rani Laxmibai (post the 10-year leap) has not gone down well with the
audience. So, while leaps might seem like a solution to most problems, makers
today need to tread carefully so that they don't slip up in the race of
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Edited by naina4MAYUR - 25 June 2010 at 5:59am