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What ails daily soaps?

By Shruti Jambhekar, TNN | Dec 7, 2012, 12.00 AM IST
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What ails daily soaps?
Kitni Mohabbat Hai
Indian television probably had never seen such outpouring of emotions when Barun Sobti decided to quit the hugely popular show 'Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon'. The show went off the air breaking millions of hearts. Following Barun's 'quitting', are Ankita Lokhande, Shivaji Satam, Pawan Shanker, Sriti Jha and Harshad Chopra, who are all leaving or are on the verge of leaving their signature shows. The reason that the actors offered when it came to leaving their respective shows halfway might vary from 'moving on to better career prospects' to 'refusal to grow old on screen' but it also raises the same old debate, do Indian TV soaps run out of steam after a certain amount of time, causing a sense of fatigue for viewers and lead actors? 

In the initial heady days actors were thrilled to be part of saas-bahusoaps and even stuck to the show till it went off air. But times have changed since then as the landscape of the Indian television industry now boasts of more GECs which means a fractured viewership that's changed the rules of telly viewing.

Actors need to stay on
When a lead star quits a show, it sends the producer/broadcaster in panic mode. The most obvious answer is to get a replacement actor. Scarred by the rejection of new actors stepping into shoes of popular leads, producers are wary of treading the same path and prefer to either 'send off' the lead or 'kill him/her off'. Actor Aditya Redij says, "I quitNaa Aana Is Des Laado as I had inhibitions about playing an 18-year-old's father. If the makers keep an actor creatively happy, why will he/she quit?" Aishwarya Sakuja shares, "An actor playing the lead has to be available for a long period as the story line revolves around him/her. But, if an actor feels a sense of monotony, then there are many waiting to be in their shoes."Karan Kundra says, "It is impossible for me to be a part of any show beyond a year. When I started with Kitni Mohabbat HaiEkta Kapoor was clear on not extending the story beyond a point and we wrapped season one gracefully and came back with 160 episodes of season 2."

Calling it quits

Pawan Shanker
The male lead of Kya Hua Tera Vada has reportedly also quit the show
Reason: Doesn't want to grow old
Aftermath: Show set to take a leap, new male lead might be roped in

Barun Sobti
The official heartthrob of TV and broke millions of hearts when he decided to 'take a long break' from Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?
Reason: Health and to eventually look at a career in films
Aftermath: The show shut shop abruptly a week ago

Shivaji Satam
After 15 years of playing ACP Pradyuman in CID, Shivaji has decided to move on
Reason: Wants to focus on films
Aftermath: New characters will be brought in

Harshad Chopra & Sriti Jha
After making an entry in Dil Se Di Dua Saubhagyabati Bhavo some months ago, a disgruntled Harshad has quit the show, taking along with him the leading lady Sriti
Reason: Unhappy with the track
Aftermath: The show has introduced new characters

Ankita Lokhande 
There are reports that Ankita won't be continuing with Pavitra Rishta after February 2013. Reason: Doesn't want to play grandmom
Aftermath: Talks of show going off air are doing rounds

Long running soaps end on a whimper Most top shows, from Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi(1830 episodes), Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki (1700 episodes), Dill Mill Gayye (721 episodes) to the more recent Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? (398 episodes) started on a high note, showing lots of promise and generating fan frenzy. When it came to their closure, the shows ended abruptly, an indication that the production houses had no choice, but to hurry up with the storylines, upsetting loyal audiences. Producer Sumeet Mittal shares, "Producers have a long story on mind when a daily soap airs. But, if we have to wrap it due to low TRPs, we do try to do justice to it." 

We'll be back after a season break Shows with returning after a season break has always worked in the West. Following the footsteps of popular shows like Sex And The CityGrey's Anatomy and Lost, some popular Indian TV shows have also tried the 'second season' experiment In the past soaps, seasons of shows like KaramchandBaa Bahoo Aur BabyKitani Mohabbat Hai, Na Bole Tum have been aired, with mixed results, says, "Yes, introducing a second season is definitely a good option. When shows come back on a fresh note, it definitely works. There is no point dragging the soaps without any relevance. Second season of a show like Na Tum Bole Na Maine Kuuch Kaha is awaited by fans eagerly." 

In the end, it's not a jaded story line but a mint-fresh story line evolving continuously with powerful performances that does the trick. But with tracks being changed, altered story-lines, lead characters quitting the show — you never know in which way the show takes a turn.

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Thanks Armu dear for the article.
There you go.Proven fact that Actors have impact not only on the viewers but also on the TRP and on the longevity of the show.It has happened before and it might happen again especially when its Ekta's shows.
The best thing channels can suggest to thick heads like Ekta is use bring in two seasons of her show instead of running the show way too long than its life and making it pale and lifeless.
Ideally they could have ended PR as PR 1 and started a new season al-together with current cast as PR 2 or something.

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Again another article blaming Ankita for assumption that show might shut down ...What is she supposed to do ? She did play mother to 5 grownups  who were same age as her but the producers want to test her even more ..Instead of doing something good for Archana , they want her to become an old grandmother who is always crying  ...
 
I am supporting Ankita's decision to leave 100 % ...these guys are blaming the actors , they should blame themselves for being so wrong ...

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Originally posted by Jaishankar

Thanks Armu dear for the article.
There you go.Proven fact that Actors have impact not only on the viewers but also on the TRP and on the longevity of the show.It has happened before and it might happen again especially when its Ekta's shows.
The best thing channels can suggest to thick heads like Ekta is use bring in two seasons of her show instead of running the show way too long than its life and making it pale and lifeless.
Ideally they could have ended PR as PR 1 and started a new season al-together with current cast as PR 2 or something.

 
@bold: This is what I had also said sometime back Jai. Ekta should have ended PR showing a happy ending of Archana's pregnancy (with no miscarriage), then shown PR second season of ArMan's life after 5 years with Manav becoming rich.. and so on. If they had done so then maybe we wouldn't have had to see many of the sadistic tracks in the story.

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Posted: 06 December 2012 at 1:07pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by Tanyaz

Again another article blaming Ankita for assumption that show might shut down ...What is she supposed to do ? She did play mother to 5 grownups  who were same age as her but the producers want to test her even more ..Instead of doing something good for Archana , they want her to become an old grandmother who is always crying  ...
 
I am supporting Ankita's decision to leave 100 % ...these guys are blaming the actors , they should blame themselves for being so wrong ...

Tanya they need a scape goat for the mess they have created and who else than to blame their own loyalist Anki Ouch.This is what you get for being so loyal and committed to BT n Ekta I guess Ouch

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Originally posted by nikitagmc

Originally posted by Jaishankar

Thanks Armu dear for the article.
There you go.Proven fact that Actors have impact not only on the viewers but also on the TRP and on the longevity of the show.It has happened before and it might happen again especially when its Ekta's shows.
The best thing channels can suggest to thick heads like Ekta is use bring in two seasons of her show instead of running the show way too long than its life and making it pale and lifeless.
Ideally they could have ended PR as PR 1 and started a new season al-together with current cast as PR 2 or something.

 
@bold: This is what I had also said sometime back Jai. Ekta should have ended PR showing a happy ending of Archana's pregnancy (with no miscarriage), then shown PR second season of ArMan's life after 5 years with Manav becoming rich.. and so on. If they had done so then maybe we wouldn't have had to see many of the sadistic tracks in the story.

Exactly Niki now PR is not PR anymore.This is something else and when a actor decides to leave the crap they will put the blame on her for the failure of the show to end the show Ouch
Typical BT/Ekta strategy to use her scape-goats/loyalists like Anki to the fore and escape easily.

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thanks for the article

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tfs !!

wow  jai    pr1   n  pr2 afterwards   would hv been lovely!


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