2012: what a 'leap' year for small screen!
shows like Pavitra Rishta, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai and Kya Hua Tera Vaada are leaping forward - by months or years to take the story forward and keep viewers engaged.tv Updated: Dec 04, 2012 18:15 IST
The year 2012 has been a 'leap' year in every which way as far as the Indian small screen is concerned. Popular shows like Pavitra Rishta, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai and Kya Hua Tera Vaada are leaping forward - by months or years to take the story forward and keep viewers engaged.
Zee TV's Pavitra Rishta took a six-month leap Monday as did Star Plus' Yeh Rishta... that moved five years ahead; Sony's Kya Hua Tera Vaada is also expected to move nine or 15 years ahead this week.
Zee TV's Hitler Didi moved ahead by eight years in September and Life OK's Dil Se Di Dua. Saubhagyavati Bhava took a leap of seven years around the same time.
The idea is to keep the audience hooked, says actor Sameer Soni, whose show Parichay: Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka on Colors took a nine-year leap in August.
"It does take a little time to hook on (to a leap in a show), but then with the continuity of the character, it is just a matter of time before viewers start adjusting to the newer show," Sameer told IANS.
"If this (change) goes well, then 90 percent time, the show is a success. Ultimately, all you do is take the same characters and put them in a new situation," he added.
"For how long can you talk about the same thing? It is definitely very important to take a turn because even the audience will not like the same thing for a long time. The writer has to turn the story around after some time because it has to hold your interest," Aruna told IANS.
The trend is not new.
Ekta Kapoor's trendsetting shows Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahi Thi, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii and Kasauti Zindagi Kay, which ruled the roost for a long time, popularised the formula.
At that time, however, a leap meant the addition of a white streak in the hairstyle, or a pair of spectacles, or more conservative blouses, or a walking stick. The leaps are a tad different now.
Also, earlier, the leaps were long - as much as 20 years. But that has reduced to a few years, and sometimes, as less as six months, as in the case of Pavitra Rishta.
Often, actors leave shows after a leap for the simple reason that they don't want to look older than their own age.