Soap queen Ekta Kapoor's love-hate relationship with STAR network continues. The latest is that Star Plus
has asked Balaji Telefilms to end Tere Liye
. The 10 pm slot will now be taken over by Swastik Production's Navya in the first week of April. Vivek Bahl, Executive Creative Director, Star India will be co-producing this show.
A highly placed source confirmed that Tere Liye
has indeed been given the marching orders.
Though Ekta Kapoor denied any such move, and in her reply via text message stated, "When is it ending! How come I don't know? Maybe you know more than me".
While the industry is wondering why Tere Liye
is being closed in spite of doing consistently well with a good rating (3.5), it appears that old tensions between Ekta and Star have resurfaced. This theory gains credence with the fact that Balaji is making three new shows, but none of them are for Star.
Ekta however rubbished any clash with the channel by saying "Things are great between us".
Our source further adds, "The channel had first planned 14th March as the last airing date for Tere Liye
, but then extended it by a couple of weeks. The reason for this might be that they did not want to launch Navya during the finale phase of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. It is a different matter that the above new youth based show will have to deal with IPL (Indian Premier League) anyways".Geetanjali Tikekar
who plays the character of Nilanjana Ganguly denies any official knowledge of her show going off air saying "Normally we actors are always the last to know. We are doing well and the team even won an award at the STAR Parivaar event in Macau".
Lead actor Harshad Chopra also has no clue. He added, "If it does go, then the fore sightedness on part of the channel may have played a part in the decision. They want to end shows before the audience gets tired of it. Did Bidaai too not end on a similar high note?".
With this, the countdown for the closure of Tere Liye
begins…Reporter and Author: Anil Merani
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