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Hum Paanch goes off air

monika.goel IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 25 March 2006 at 6:00pm | IP Logged

Hum Paanch goes off air

This comedy has a sad ending in its second run

Reena Thapar Kapoor

The gang which couldn't tickle the funny bone

It has been six months since Hum Paanch reappeared on television. It's a show that has created a benchmark for success.  Every youngster today has grown up watching it. The Mathurs of Zee TV who have been famous for their rib-tickling dialogues pleasantly surprised viewers, when they made a grand comeback.

However, the pre-release hype built up by Balaji and Zee TV seems to have failed. Low TRPs and a continuation of the old format seem to have marred the impact of Hum Paanch this time round.  As a result, the show is going off air.

Nivedita Basu, Balaji's deputy creative head, confirms the news.  "Unfortunately the format of the show didn't click in the second season," she says.  "The slapstick comedy that worked a decade ago failed to have the same impact this time."

Does that justify their decision to end the show?  Couldn't the format, or the writers, be changed instead?  "I agree that comedy has a huge market today. But what worked ten years ago can't possibly work today," she replies. "The audiences are changing and so are their demands. A show like Baa Bahoo Aur Baby works because it includes a message in the comedy, and isn't loud. Unfortunately, Hum Paanch failed to recreate its past glory."

So, who was the one to take the final call on the show, the channel or Balaji? "It was a mutual decision," says Basu. "It wasn't working out for either the channel or us, so the best option was to end it."

Since the entire cast of the show was excited about coming together the second time, how did they take this news?  "Understandably, they were upset," she says. "They've been together for five years earlier, and this time for six months.  Obviously, they hadn't thought of parting again so soon. We tried our best, but it just didn't work out." p;am p;sectname=Television&sess=571991703

Edited by monika.goel - 25 March 2006 at 6:00pm

CuteFairy91 IF-Rockerz

Joined: 16 January 2005
Posts: 5424

Posted: 26 March 2006 at 12:20am | IP Logged
Noo. That cant happen. Cry Cry Cry Its my fav show. I alwayz watch it whenever it one.

Thnx for sharing.
QT143 IF-Rockerz

Joined: 01 May 2005
Posts: 5274

Posted: 26 March 2006 at 9:52pm | IP Logged
tfs Monika! itz like the best show ever! this cant happen man! Cry
angel05 Goldie

Joined: 11 May 2005
Posts: 1181

Posted: 27 March 2006 at 9:11am | IP Logged
thts not fair!!!!! Angry they shud nt end it
umi82990 IF-Sizzlerz

Joined: 27 January 2005
Posts: 18369

Posted: 27 March 2006 at 7:30pm | IP Logged
NO FAIR!!!!!!!!!!that's not right...i luv this show and my sisters and i even act like the 5 sisters..i really don't want this show to end Angry

i'll really miss this show Cry
Saziya IF-Dazzler

Joined: 03 February 2006
Posts: 3130

Posted: 27 March 2006 at 10:34pm | IP Logged
iam going to miss it so badly!! Cry Cry Cry
amisha1 Goldie

Joined: 30 August 2005
Posts: 2133

Posted: 28 March 2006 at 10:45pm | IP Logged
nooooo Cry y is it gonna end? i dun think d comedy is bad..i think dey just show it at d wrong timings!! on saturday evenings when no1 is normally at home..dey shud just change d timings to a weekday instead!!
DevilishSaira IF-Dazzler

Joined: 15 November 2005
Posts: 2731

Posted: 30 March 2006 at 1:22am | IP Logged
noooooooooooooo.. not again dont go off air.. tis veyr popular here is uk europe.

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