We're a newspaper, so our phones ring all day, and usually nobody thinks twice about it.
These past few days, however, have been a little worrisome, because we pick up the phone and often find a howling, screaming, distraught voice telling us to "stop the injustice of Barun Sobti leaving the TV show, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon
". For those of you who don't live vicariously through TV shows, this hugely popular show has been in the limelight recently because its lead actor has decided to quit, as "he wants a break". The channel reps claim that they have been getting close to 20,000 calls everyday asking them not to let Arnav (Barun's character) quit the show. The female lead of the show, Sanaya Irani, has also been asked by some fans to quit, because they can't "bear the thought of seeing her with someone else". Well, they will not have to see her with anyone else now, because the show itself is downing shutters. We don't know if the fans think that's good or bad news.
Fandoms in TV have always been more passionate and more vocal than fandoms in movies. We look at the four most common reasons why lead actors quit shows, and how that affects their worshippers, and subsequently, the shows themselves.Big screen aspirations
Many TV actors have film aspirations, and often leave their shows at their peak to follow them. When Mihir ( Amar Upadhyay
) 'died' in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
across the country mourned for months, Ekta Kapoor
got hate mail and fans protested against the channel. Ekta was forced to bring him back from the dead, but Amar left soon after that to work in films. His launch, Dhund - The Fog
, didn't work too well, and he eventually returned to TV.
Much before Rajeev Khandelwal
was the host of the scandalous Sach Ka Saamna
or the lead in the film Aamir
, he was Sujal in Kahiin To Hoga
, and almost every girl in the country wanted to marry him. His onscreen chemistry with Aamna Sharif was so powerful that fans wanted them to get together in real life too. But Rajeev wanted to work in films, and left the show to do just that amid rumours of trouble between him and producer Ekta Kapoor. His replacement, Gurdeep Singh, was never given a chance by fans, and the show wrapped up soon after.Prachi Desai
left Kasamh Se
to work in the movie Rock On!
!, and was replaced by Gurdeep Kohli
, but the fans never warmed up to the new Bani.Getting a life/getting married
Television can be tough on actors because it leaves little time for other things. Barun has repeatedly claimed that he's leaving the show because "he wants a break".
Mohnish Behl quit as Dr Ashutosh from the show Kuch Toh Log Kahenge
citing health reasons. He said in an interview, "It's an old health issue that keeps recurring and gets corrected after a few days' rest. But it's never been so acute. Gruelling shooting schedules and lack of proper rest have made it worse since I started shooting for the show." It was rumoured that the real reason for Mohnish's ouster was that he was uncomfortable doing intimate scenes with the female lead of the show because of his wife, but both the channel and the actor vehemently denied this. Mohnish was replaced by Sharad Kelkar, and it was one of those rare instances when the audience accepted a new actor as their favourite character.
Anjum Farooki recently quit Balika Vadhu because she wanted to take a break and get married. Last year, Neha Marda from the same show quit because she was also getting married. Mouli Ganguly took a break from television after she got married because "she needed a personal life", and made her comeback with Kya Hua Tera
Vaada earlier this year.