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SRK's Ghar Ki Baat Hai lost the plot!

His first TV production to go off air from July 4. Insiders believe it was because the show failed to grab eyeballs. Some blame the IPL season. Rachana Dubey reveals more...

tv Updated: Jun 06, 2009 16:45 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Ghar Ki Baat Hai, the weekend situational comedy show on NDTV Imagine, produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chilies Idiot Box, will go off air from the first week of July after completing nearly 40 episodes.

The show began on January 30 this year and was given the 9:30 pm slot from Friday to Sunday. Gradually, it was reduced to a weekly show, apparently because of the IPL matches.

Insiders believe it was because the show failed to grab eyeballs. So, now it will be pulled off air. Shailaja Kejriwal from NDTV Imagine confirms: “It’s true the show is going off air but it was supposed to. It doesn’t have to do with its TRPs. The show had its set of dedicated viewers. We brought it down from three episodes to one, because of technical reasons and of course, because the IPL was on. It was a one-episode-one-story concept and had to be seasonal. The stories could only go on for about 40 episodes. So, this time, the season is being wrapped up in July, after a six month-run.”

Will return
However, she adds that the show will be back after a six month- break. So it is due to return in the beginning of 2010. This will be decided a little later in the year. She adds, “It takes six months to write new stories, get the script ready and begin shooting. The actors are likely to remain the same and the show will continue in the six monthly cycle.”

In many cases, when shows are pulled off air, the channel and production houses forewarn the artistes only a little before
D-day. But with Ghar ki Baat Hai, Kejriwal reveals, that all the artistes —Sumeet Raghavan, Juhi Babbar and Swapnil Joshi — have been informed about the fate of the show well in advance.

Since there’s a month for the show to be pulled off air, the channel is still undecided about its replacement in the 9:30 pm slot on Saturdays.

First Published: Jun 06, 2009 16:18 IST