Since there is nothing left to discuss in the show, lets do its post-mortem!
The TRP's or popularity ratings of any show are based on the data collected by viewers across the country...but in the case of hindi daily soaps, the data is collected from Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab, UP and Maharasthra!
Since the majority of TV viewers belong to the North, as evident from the areas mentioned above, I think its assumed that they feel more connected to stories that are rooted in North-indian culture...like for example, YRKKH is about a Rajasthani Marwari family and so is DABH! EHMMBH is about a Punjabi family and IPKKND was based in Delhi. Veera is an out and out Punjabi story and PKDH is also a story based out of North-India. The only exception I can see is Saathiya, which has a Gujrati background.
So my question is, did Khamoshiyan falter because of its Maharastrian undertones (or overtones actually)? Did the audience from the North fail to connect with the characters who were Maharashtrians? If the same set of characters and story was North based (think Uttar Pradesh...Garv as a UP based political leader like Ajay Devgun from Omkara and Appa Saheb like Chief Minister Mayawati
) do you think it would have fared better?
I personally felt that while it was lovely to see something different from the usual Marwari / Gujrati / Punjabi overdose that we get on SP, I did feel that there were too many dialouges in Marathi, which were not understood by the hindi speaking populace! Also, names like Appa Saheb, Aaji Saheb, Akka Saheb, Atto Aaji were all quite uncomprehending for a non-maharashtrain like me!
I felt that the producer of the show tried to force the entire 'Kolhapuri / Marathi' thing down the viewers throat in an unrealistic manner!
There was too much exaggeration to show the Marathi culture...like for example Gauri and her wedding attire were so OTT! I doubt any Marathi bride would dress up like she is a manequinn at some gold emporium! And now Akka Saheb and her behaviour!
The only genuine Marathi character in the show were Aaji Saheb, Atto Aaji and Prateeksha...they looked very natural and one could easily buy their charactes as being what they were! I think Manit, while suiting the role of Garv to the T, did not look or speak like a Marathi at all...his accent has a strong North-indian lilt!
So what do you guys think? Was this one of the reasons that Silences failed to click with the audiences or do you think that the show had some fundamental issues that would have failed it anyway?
PS: No offence to any Marathi's on the forum...I love Maharashtrian culture, which is why I still watch Pavitra Rishta, which again is a story with a Marathi background, but very different from the way Khamoshiyan is!
Edited by soapie - 07 February 2013 at 8:43pm