The TV industry had several highs this year, but it also had its lows. From the cancellation of The Dirty Picture’s TV premiere to Imam Siddique doing the full monty on a reality show, we’ve got it covered
Shows being pulled off air within three months
Television has grown to become a very fickle industry. Every show is dependent on TRPs but earlier, channels used to give them enough time to woo their audiences and build their plots. This year, however, many shows were pulled off within three months of airing. The explanation that was given was low TRPs. Some of these soaps had popular faces and interesting storylines, but had to shut down abruptly. Sony’s Eijaz Khan starrer Shubh Vivaah, Life OK’s Aasman Se Aagey with Apurva Agnihotri, and the Star Plus show Ek Doosre Se Karte Hai Pyaar Hum by producer JD Majethia, (who gave us the superhit Baa Bahoo Aur Baby) were some of them.
The Dirty Picture screening controversy
On January 22, the television premiere of Ekta Kapoor’s The Dirty Picture (2011) on Sony was abruptly cancelled. The film, which was supposed to have two screenings at 1 pm and 8 pm, was pulled off air due to a last-minute decision by the Ministry of Information and Broadcast. The move outraged the makers, as the film had been re-edited with 59 additional cuts and had obtained a U/A certificate for its TV release. The problem was that the film had an adult theme and the ministry didn’t want it to be aired during the day. The decision resulted in a huge loss for the channel, as they had reportedly bought the rights for Rs 8 crore. It later aired at 12 pm and 8.30 pm. Following this, four major broadcasters decided never to purchase an ‘A’ rated film, which has to be aired after 11 pm.
Violence on television
A new show on a new channel needed a boost their TRPs and resorted to explicitly violent scenes to get them. Saubhagyavati Bhav revolves around Jhanvi (Sriti Jha) who is married to an over-possessive rich businessman Viraj Dobriyal (Karanvir Bohra).
She faces extreme mental and physical torture at the hands of Viraj. There were scenes that showed her being beaten up, burnt with an iron rod and even being forced to eat insects. Although the idea was probably to create awareness about domestic violence against women, we could have done without the detailed and sometimes gory depictions of the same.
Flop adaptation of Ramayan
Indians have always been big fans of mythological shows. But the third adaptation of the epic, Ramayan, wasn’t received very well. The 1988 Ramanand Sagar version of the epic, that starred Arun Govil and Deepika Chikhalia as Ram and Sita, was a massive hit. The Sagar Arts’ 2008 version on NDTV Imagine with Gurmeet Choudhary and Debolina in lead roles was also appreciated. But the 2012 version by Moti Sagar Productions on Zee, starring Gagan Malik and Neha Sargam, and called Ramayan: Sabke Jeevan ka Aadhar, didn’t garner the required TRPs. Even airing the show on Sunday morning with a simulcast on Doordarshan, didn’t do the trick for the producers. Perhaps the timing was all wrong.
Imam Siddique strips
Imam Siddique became a household name after his entry in the reality show Bigg Boss. He remained immensely popular on the show, if not for anything else but for creating a ruckus in the padosi house and scaring the wits out of contestant Aashka Goradia. When he entered the other house, Aashka and Dinesh Niruha had a tough time handling him. With just the three of them in the house, Imam decided to don a skin coloured body suit that showed off all his contours. Things reached a boiling point when Aashka and Dinesh shut the bedroom door, locking him out in the courtyard. At this point, he went wild and took off all his clothes. That’s when the production crew had to barge in and escort him out of the house.
Aamna Sharif returns with a dud show
Aamna Sharif was a big star when she quit television for films. She debuted with Balaji’s Kahiin to Hoga and her character Kashish was very popular. But when the actor decided to move on to cinema, things didn’t quite work in her favour. Two years ago, whispers of her return to the small screen did the rounds and eventually this year she made a comeback with Sony’s Honge Judaa Naa Hum. The show was touted as her big comeback but failed to enthuse the fan base from her last show. We wish she had returned earlier and had taken up a show with an edgier role. This one is reminiscent of her previous stint as Ms Goody two-shoes, Kashish.
As told to Kavita Awaasthi