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The shows that must go on

tv Updated: Mar 21, 2013 18:56 IST
Kavita Awaasthi
Kavita Awaasthi
Hindustan Times
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While shows on television might go on for years, there are a few that keep audiences hooked even after 1,000 episodes. We take a look at some that are ruling the TRP charts, and the hearts of viewers as well.

Balika Vadhu
Over 1,200 episodes done, and there can be no denying that Balika Vadhu has come a long way. Tracing the journey that began with the adorable young Anandi (played by Avika Gor), who grows up to become the village sarpanch (Pratyusha Banerjee), the show has dealt with issues like child marriage and propagated remarriage in a sensitive manner. Even the replacement of popular lead actor, Pratyusha, with Toral Rasputra didn’t diminish its charm.

Kaun Banega Crorepati
What works for Kaun Banega Crorepati? The answer is simple, Amitabh Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan and more Amitabh Bachchan. The man’s persona and connect with the audience are the biggest reasons why viewers are glued to the show. His chaste Hindi appeals to not just people from the hinterland, but big cities too. His popularity is unparalleled and though it is in the sixth season, audiences can’t get enough of this reality show.

CID
CID and Shivaji Satam are synonymous with each other, which is probably why the actor returned to the show after a brief break. The detective show, which has run for 16 years non-stop, is currently more popular than ever. Murder, mystery and mayhem, without blood and gore, have worked well in this procedural drama. Veteran actor Satam’s acting and punch-line, ‘Daya darwaza tod do’, is a huge hit with the kids.

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
Four years and 1,100 episodes later, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai is still ruling TRP charts. Going beyond plots that revolve around a shrewd mother-in-law, scheming sister and vengeful girlfriend, producer Rajan Shahi took a risk by making a show without a villain or a vamp. It is the story of a young couple, Akshara (Hina Khan) and Naitik (Karan Mehra), their love, marriage, family and many misunderstandings, all of which makes for engaging viewing.

Bigg Boss
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Salman Khan rediscovered his groove with Bigg Boss Season 4, 5 and 6, as did the show. Though they had other hosts, like Arshad Warsi, Shilpa Shetty and Amitabh Bachchan in the past, it was only after Salman came on board as the host that the show reached new heights. Sure, celebrities locked in a house for 90 days means that the audience gets some amount of voyeuristic pleasure from ensuing cat fights and drama, but Salman’s antics outside the house are more appealing.

Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah
It changed the comedy shows in India and hasn’t lost steam in five years. Based on the lives of the residents of Gokuldham Housing Society, it focuses on simple lessons that one can learn from everyday experiences. With a message in each episode and characters of every ethnicity and religion bringing something to the track, the show has managed to sustain itself with more than mere laughs.