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Balika Vadhu to Qubool Hai: 5 shows we would love to bid goodbye

tv Updated: May 19, 2015 13:11 IST
Zehra Kazmi
Zehra Kazmi
Hindustan Times
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As anyone acquainted with Indian soaps can tell you, the biggest complaint against them is that they just don’t seem to end, stretching on for an eternity. Abroad, shows such as Friends may run for a decade, but follow the concept of seasons. Even across the border, the Zindagi shows have a short lifespan, keeping the viewer hooked.

It is a lesson our daily dramas would do well to learn. A runtime of five days a week, every week for years and years is bound to bore. After a while, complete departure from the original plots is the only way to sustain these sagas. For regular viewers, watching these soaps becomes a matter of habit, rather than interest.

Here are 5 long-running shows that deserve to kick the bucket soon, having outlived their original plots and their audience’s patience:

1. Qubool Hai

When it first aired in 2012, the show was credited with bringing back the ‘Muslim social’ on TV but after the hugely successful Simone Singh-starrer Heena’s exit, the show has lost any charm of originality it once possessed. The original plot involved a romance between the effervescent Zoya and domineering Asad . Qubool Hai was notable for giving us a heroine who challenged the stereotypical representation of Muslim women that mainstream media seems to favour. But the show has now lost the plot, degenerating into tortuous story lines involving kidnappings and murders, ghosts and humshakals. In a bid to boost ratings, the action now focuses on Zoya’s daughter Sanam (played by the same actress) and her battle with the same ol' villainous Tanveer, who looks like she hasn't aged a day.

The average TRP ratings show a dip. (Courtesy: Tellytrp; 2015 figures are at the bottom of this page)

2. Balika Vadhu

When Balika Vadhu first arrived on the scene in 2008, it was hailed as a game-changer, effectively ending the reign of the ‘K-soaps’ and introducing social issues in mainstream television. Loyal viewers have stayed with the show since it began in 2008, patiently watching as Anandi grew up and was played by three different actors, marveling at Dadisa transformation from a fierce tyrant into a softie and Jagiya's three marriages. Anandi's remarriage to honest district collector Shiv became a crucial plot twist. But eventually, the long run has sapped interest. The show has recently taken a leap and now features Anandi’s daughter who’s caught in the same trap of child marriage. Which basically means old wine in old bottle. We’ll pass.

The average TRP ratings dipped in late 2000s but soared again post-2013. (Courtesy: Tellytrp; 2015 figures are at the bottom of this page)

3. Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai

The show, which began way back in 2009, is about the life of Akshara and her Naitik ji, a young couple living in a Marwari joint family. After having gone through all permutations and combinations of sub-plots involving marital problems, economic difficulties, dynamics within the joint family, children, the show has now – you guessed it – taken a leap, with the lead couple now residing abroad after an estrangement from the family. The homecoming of the prodigal son is in the offing, but it seems like the show has exhausted all plots unless they have an ace up their sleeve.

The average TRP ratings show a decent rise. (Courtesy: Tellytrp; 2015 figures are at the bottom of this page)

4. Saath Nibhana Sathiya

The strongest argument for this show to end is that it should never have been born in the first place. The story of the gormless Gopi bahu, her autocratic saas Kokila ben who wears 15 kg of makeup every single day and various persons revoltingly known as Aham and Jigar is one we can do very well without. It does not help that this is possibly one of the worst shows on TV, with comically absurd stories and over-the-top hammy acting. Actually, Kokila ben's basilisk-stare is enough to make our insides churn.

The average TRP ratings show a significant upwards trend. (Courtesy: Tellytrp; 2015 figures are at the bottom of this page)

5. CID

When it first began in 1998, CID had pretensions of being a gritty investigative drama. Unintentionally hilarious plots and acting have ensured that it now serves the sole purpose of providing fodder for the marvelous ACP Pradyuman and Daya, darwaza tod do memes out there.

The average TRP ratings show a dip. (Courtesy: Tellytrp; 2015 figures are at the bottom of this page)

The show still enjoys great popularity, mainly for the few laughs it can get. The actors seem in on the joke, hamming it up even more. But like all good jokes, CID should end before the punchline becomes stale.

TAM ratings of the shows in 2015