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Characters became brands to reckon with, hosts added a new dimension to the TRP tussle and competition compelled the telly think tank to come up with content that will appeal to the viewer. In a nutshell, 2012 saw shows set new benchmarks so far as content is concerned. Here's a look at what hogged the prime time limelight on the small screen:
A compassionate host absolutely involved in the various social issues that Satyamev Jayateaddressed, Aamir Khan became the change agent who initiated talk on many a sensitive issues which touched the Indian television viewer across India. The way the show reached to millions of television viewers and the simulcast in other regional languages made the show a cut above the rest with the innovative strategy that set new examples in TV content going viral on the web.
ACP Pradyuman and his combative team really rocked. The show has played a really long innings ' 15 years and counting. While Shivaji Satam become the desi Sherlock Holmes interrogating crime cases and Bollywood movies doing promotional acts, the show managed to grip the audience, particularly, children who loved the tracks and storyline. Besides managing to be among the top 10 shows when it came to TRPs, CID made news again when Satam quit the show last week!
Loyal viewers not only showered Anandi with messages of good wishes, but also took pride in being part of the show which completed 1000 episodes this year. While Anandi and Shiv's wedding track sent across layers of social messages encouraging social reforms in the country, audiences simply loved Anandi breaking the shackles of social conformity to lead by example.Pratyusha Banerjee and Siddharth Shukla made a mark on the small screen with their subtle performances and emerged as TRP toppers.
Priya and Ram's sensual rhapsody not only went viral on the internet, but also catapulted both as the most sought after telly stars on the ad space. Their much talked about on screen chemistry and acting acumen not only got the show the required TRPs, but also made it clear that it takes two good actors to create ripples on the prime time. With the demure Sakshi Tanwar complementing a tad aggressive yet sensitive Ram Kapoor in every way, the script got a fitting jodi that rocked the small screen in 2012.
Devon Ke Dev Mahadev
That showmakers found a perfect fit in Mohit Raina, who played the role of Mahadev in the show with conviction is not unknown. But what is amazing to note is the show's immense popularity with Mouni Ray as Sati and Sonakshi Bhadoria as Parvati, which only acted as a catalyst for other mythological shows to sizzle on TV again. Placed at a time band with gigantic soap franchises Balika Vadhu and Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon? giving every other show in the same time band a run for its TRPs, Devon ke Dev Mahadev weathered obstacles to garner decent viewership.
Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon
Barun Sobti's star appeal as Arnav Singh Raizada and his repeat utterance of 'I love you damn it' and 'what the' really made the show a TRP tripper, garnering a massive loyal fan base for Barun. The overwhelming popularity that Barun enjoyed compelled the channel to bring down the curtains on the show once the actor decided to move on in life. This has in turn led to many viewers asking for another season of the show with Barun as ASR (read Arnav Singh Raizada) and Sanaya Irani as Khushi.
Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah
Two to tango certainly finds a fit with Dayaben (played by Disha Vakhani) and Jethalal (played by Dilip Joshi), who have been entertaining the loyal audience with their sizzling innings on the small screen. What's amusing is the mint fresh appeal that the couple radiates even after 1000 episodes of the show. Taarak Mehta..., not only emerged as a strong brand on TV, but it also enjoys the privilege of being part of the 1000 episode brigade of the year.
Diya Aur Baati Hum
A TRP tripper for months on end, Diya Aur Baati Hum hogged the limelight is still going strong. The audience seemed to have related to the characters of Suraj ( Anas Rashid) and Sandhya (Deepika Singh) in their de-glam avatars. The powerpacked performance by Neelu Vaghela as the domineering matriarch Bhabo also fetched the show the needed emotional quotient. While the protagonist's trials and tribulations to reach her goals are yet to unravel, the show nonetheless kept the audience glued to the TV.
DID Li'l Masters Season 2
Effervescent, enthusiastic and full of verve - the kids simply bowled over the host, the judges and more important, the audience as they made flamboyant moves on the dance floor. DID Li'l Masters Season 2. What's more, the dance based reality show's emphatic innings made the finalists Faisal Khan, Om Chetry, Rohan Parkale, Soumya Rai and Jeet Das stars overnight as the TRPs witnessed a steep rise.
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa season 5
The ultimate dancing diva with an earthy appeal Madhuri Dixit Nene not only encouraged the star contestants, but also made swift moves along with visiting actors who came to promote their films on the show. Not to mention the grand finale of the season 5 of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa where in a casting coup of sorts (something even Bollywood producers couldn't pull off) Madhuri and Sridevi, stupefied the audience with their graceful moves.\
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