MUMBAI—Channels do not seem to be in the mood to continue with television shows that are not generating the desired viewership ratings. Something on this scale has never happened before and signifies some truth in the recent opinions voiced by many that TV soaps have not kept up with the times and such melodramas may soon spell trouble as audiences have better options on screen from the web.
While new tracks and time-leaps have failed to revive several fiction shows, the cricket tournament (IPL) also infiltrated into the ratings, and not less than 12 shows have been or are being axed. As per Mumbai tabloid “Bombay Times,” the list is as follows:
“Chandrashekhar” (Launched Mar. 2018. Off-air from June)
Based on the life of freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad, it had replaced the popular “Savdhan India.”
“Ikyawann” (Launched Nov. 2017. Off-air from June)
After a good promo, the show failed to live up to expectations. The makers tried a change in storyline, and the show even moved slots, but in vain.
“Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya” (Launched Nov. 2017. Off-air from May)
When the first season of “Pehredaar Piya Ki“ was pulled off-air because of its bizarre plot, the makers returned with the second season. Featuring Rohit Suchanti and Tejaswi Prakash, it started on a positive note. However, the plot – a younger man in love with an older woman – soon resorted to age-old small-screen formulae.
“Naamkarann” (Launched Sep. 2016. Off-air from May)
The Mahesh Bhatt show started with great promise. When it failed to get enough ratings, the makers decided to take a 15-year leap. After getting a new cast, the show did witness a revival, but it went for another five-year leap.
“Ek Deewana Tha” (Launched Oct. 2017. Off-air from June)
This finite show took a leap (!) of 25 years last month, and a reincarnation track was introduced. However, early this month, the channel decided to end it. The show, shot in Kashmir, did not fare well and has been replaced by “Dil Hi Toh Hai.”
“Dil Se Dil Tak” (Launched Jan. 2017. Off-air from May)
Inspired by the Salman Khan-Rani Mukerji film “Chori Chori Chupke Chupke,” news of this show going off-air was doing the rounds for some time. Original hero Sidharth Shukla quit and recently Rashami Desai, one of the female leads, also left. The makers had roped in Iqbal Khan without success.
“Laado 2” (Launched Mar. 2018. Off-air from June)
Expectations were high when the second season of “Laado” aired on television. However, the storyline failed to grip viewers. The makers shifted the story to an urban setting, but it was a no-go.
“Tu Sooraj Main Saanjh Piyaaji” (Launched April 2017. Off-air from June)
The second season of the popular show, “Diya Aur Baati Hum,” also failed to create a stir as the tracks began dragging after a while.
“Badho Bahu” (Launched Sep. 2016. Off-air from June)
The show was about how a guy marries an overweight girl. Rytasha Rathore and Prince Narula played the lead roles, and it enjoyed a good run for 18 months.
“Woh Apna Sa” (Launched Jan. 2017. Off-air from June)
Despite new twists and turns, time leaps and even a reincarnation track failing to create magic, the show never worked.
“Piya Albela” (Launched Mar. 2017. Off-air from June)
While the show had decent ratings, in the beginning, it will wrap up by next month. The team feels that there is nothing left to explore as far as the track is concerned. Also, many feel that it is better to end a show on a high note.
“Chandrakanta” (Launched Jun. 2017. Off-air from May)
Madhurima Tuli, Vishal Aditya Singh, and Urvashi Dholakia played the main roles and initially enjoyed good ratings. However, the ratings dipped soon. “Naagin 3” has replaced it.