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Ghara Baher, now a daily soap

tv Updated: Nov 26, 2010 20:20 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times
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National Award-winning film

Ghara Baher

has been turned into a daily soap called

Dhoondh Legi Manzil Humein

. The producer of the award-winning film, Sanjay Surkar, has taken on the role of the producer for the show. It’s said that the film borrows from the lives of Sonia and Priyanka Gandhi, Prakash Jha’s political drama

Raajneeti

and writer Gulzar’s

Aandhi

.



When asked, Nikhil Mirchandani, general manager, Star One (the channel that will air the show from Monday) says, “This show has nothing to do with any Indian politician. Neither does it borrow from

Raajneeti

and

Aandhi

. It’s a coincidence that our show has come in the same year as

Raajneeti

. Probably, our first promo could have given the audience a feel of these classic political dramas because of its look.”



With this show, the channel’s primetime band comprising six shows will now run six days a week instead of the regular four or five days, a pattern followed by most Hindi general entertainment channels. It’s learnt that the writers of all the shows including

Rang Badalti Oodhani

and

Pyaar Ki Ye Ek Kahani

were initially not game for the move because they were forced to introduce new tracks and characters.



There are also rumours that the channel wanted to start the six-day primetime soap band a month or two ago but was forced to wait because producer Ekta Kapoor wasn’t willing to extend her show for six days with additional characters and sub-plots. Mirchandani admits that getting everyone on the same page was difficult: “It’s a tough one for ongoing shows but eventually, everyone understood our perspective. There are more people watching soaps than reality shows on weekends. And Ekta was among the first to agree.” Wouldn’t new tracks mean an overworked technical crew and writers? Mirchandani asserts, “We have to comply with the monitoring organisation’s rules, so that no one is putting extra hours. And we also have to speed up storylines. So, introducing new characters and tracks is the only healthy way out. We’ll ensure that everyone involved gets their due time off.”