STAR's KBC takes it toll on Viraasat
The return of KBC with Shah Rukh Khan as its host has led to a lot of reshuffling on STAR Plus.india Updated: Dec 19, 2006 08:52 IST
The return of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) and Shah Rukh Khan as its host has led to a lot of reshuffling on STAR Plus, one of the immediate casualties being Viraasat.
Said STAR's creative head Shailja Kejriwal: "Viraasat would be one of the shows that has to go, I guess at least for 13 weeks when KBC starts. Whether it comes back or not remains to be seen."
She said the show wasn't the success they had thought it would be.
"We had planned it as the desi 'Dallas', satellite television's first multi-starrer. What Viraasat did was to get male viewers interested in prime time," Kejriwal said.
While Viraasat gets ready to wrap up, its romantic lead Rohit Roy remains optimistic.
Rohit refuses to consider the possibility that Viraasat will end soon. "It all depends on Shah Rukh Khan. We're at his mercy," he joked.
"Until I'm told about the closure I'll continue to put all of myself in Viraasat. It's the only soap I've and I don't want to be jobless."
Getting serious, he said: "In fact, in the next two months (until KBC starts) my track is going to undergo a sea change. I'll be more of an angry young man, the way my character used to be like in Swabhimaan and Sarrkar."
Rohit has just won the best actor award at the Indian television awards for Viraasat.
What about stories of endless fracas among the marquee names in Viraasat?
"You mean Amarr Upadhyay, Aman Verma and I were constantly fighting? Not true!" protested Rohit.
"It was the nature of our characters to seem belligerent. That spilled over into off-camera stories, I guess."
However, there were no stories of differences with his romantic lead Sangeeta Ghosh.
"In fact, Sangeeta and Nikki Aneja are my two favourite co-stars. Sangeeta is an angel. She's an Arian, just like me and we get along like a house on fire."
"Rude as this may sound, the female actors on television are far less well-behaved than the men. We male actors just change our clothes and get into character. The female actors take a lot longer and fuss a lot more."