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Tried and Tested Formulas that Indian TV Makers Resort To, To Break The Monotony Of Daily Soaps!

And it's nothing that we haven't seen before.

Friday, September 29, 2017 | 6:45:13 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Indian TV shows have little variety to show when it comes to the tracks and the way the story progresses. While the saas-bahu tracks continue to dominate our TV screens, there are some shows like 'Beyhadh', which enjoy immense popularity, despite having 'out of the box' concepts.

However, there is little choice that the viewers have, given the monotony of the daily soaps. And, while the makers do manage to create high point drama at regular intervals, it turns out to be nothing but a repetition of what we have already seen before.

So, here we list down the tried and tested formulas that every Indian TV maker makes use of, when they see there is little scope to stretch the already stretched drama.

1. Getting the LEAD(s) Kidnapped!



Let's not even talk about how much this formula has been exploited. And surprisingly, this is one track that has been trending on almost all the leading daily soaps right now. For starters, there is Pragya (Sriti Jha) from Kumkum Bhagya who keeps getting kidnapped, just before we think she's about to unite with Abhi (Shabbir Ahluwalia). Then there are Star Plus' 'Yeh Hai Mohabbatein' and 'Ishqbaaaz' and Colors' 'Shakti...Astitva Ke Ehsaas Kii'.

2. Introducing a new Villain out of the blue!



And, this one is yet another done and dusted trick that's been seen a thousand times. Just when we think there is going to be a happy ending to the love story, enter a long lost enemy. From there on, what we see, is what we can already gauge. The latest example would be 'Yeh Hai Mohabbatein', where first Nidhi (Pavitra Punia) and then Ashok returned after a gap.

3. An accident followed by memory loss or coma!



An accident sets base for many twists and turns and then, one of the major plots that follows is the lead losing his/her memory. One other possible tracks include he scope for a new entry in the place of the original lead. An example here would be 'Kasam Tere Pyar Ki' for the former, and 'Ishqbaaaz' for the latter (Surbhi Chandna aka Anika lost her memory) and 'Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai' (Naitik aka Karan Mehra went into coma).

4. The Lead or a family member being Jailed!



Sending the lead/family member to jail is yet another track that helps roll out some major drama. Murders, rapes, etc. are all tools that enable the same. The latest show to showcase the jail drama is Sony TV's 'Beyhadh' where post Maya (Jennifer Winget) alleging Ayaan (Summit Bhardwaj) of rape, the latter was sent to jail.

5. Introducing a Leap in the show!



Leaps are pretty much the ongoing trend. While some shows take a leap to simply introduce a new generation in the show ('Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai' and 'Yeh Hai Mohabbatein' for example), others simply do it to change the backdrop of the story ('Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi' and 'Beyhadh' for example). Often, the leap happens post one of the above formulas already being implemented ('Kasam Tere Pyaar Ki' for example).

What else do you think turn out to be effective tools for the makers to spice up the daily soaps? Do you agree to the ones already listed? Leave your comments below.


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Posted on: 30 September 2017 at 8:21am
You forgot to mention about geet hui sabre parayi show though that is old one but not that long old one also. And that is the first show who break that fame of saas BAHU drama. This all shows are comes in after GHSP... and also had copy almost every scenes of GHSP...

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Posted on: 30 September 2017 at 6:08am
You forgot to mention getting lost in the jungle track

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Posted on: 30 September 2017 at 4:28am
You people forgot to mention FL dies 10 times and comeback and leads marriage for atleast 3 or 4 times.

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Posted on: 29 September 2017 at 10:05pm
Love Kasam Tere Pyaar ki, Kratika Sengar n Ssharad Malhotra. They are hilarious.

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Posted on: 29 September 2017 at 8:50pm
Commenting my girl, Divyanka Tripathi & YHM!

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Posted on: 29 September 2017 at 8:27am
Love Kasam Tere Pyaar ki, Kratika Sengar n Ssharad Malhotra

Edited on:29 September 2017 at 8:27am

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Posted on: 25 July 2017 at 12:19pm
kasam is best.krasha are great actors!

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Posted on: 23 June 2017 at 11:24am
Loving Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi post leap.
Shaheer Sheikh and Erica Fernandes are doing great.

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Posted on: 22 June 2017 at 1:46pm
Love you Shivangi Joshi and Mohsin Khan in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata!!! :)

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Posted on: 21 June 2017 at 7:02pm
The way the leap in Kuch Rang was handled made it original and refreshing

Shaheer Sheikh and Erica Fernandes both are amazing as Dev and Sona in Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi

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