Hindi GECs line up diverse fare in 2016 to woo eyeballs
The year 2015 saw several twists and turns and new launches in the Indian television space. This industry has become more experimental in terms of show formats, timings and story lines. 2016 has just begun and we have already seen quite a few shows going off air, including ‘Maharana Pratap’, ‘Pyaar Ko Ho Jaane Do’, ‘Sumit Sambhal Lega’, ‘Kuch Toh Hai Tere Mere Darmiyaan’, ‘Mohi’, and ‘Qubool Hain’, meanwhile, the very popular ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’ has been replaced by ‘Comedy Nights Live’. The last episode of ‘Meri AshiquiTumse Hi’ will be aired on February 19.
The exit of so many shows has paved the way for new content. Adgully has compiled the list of a few of these upcoming shows. The promos of some of these shows are already on air. The fare couldn’t be more diverse – drama, romance, comedy, action thriller, talent hunt and more.
‘Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi’ on Sony TV
The promos of this show, starring Shaheer Sheikh and Erica Fernandes, are already out. The show is a fiction-drama-romantic TV series, which is set to go on air in February 2016. The series is a realistic take on the love relationship between Dev and Sonakshi and will depict the battle between the heart and the brain that one has to face in routine life. The story is about Dev who is a successful businessman, but his extreme devotion towards his mother becomes a hindrance in his love life. The role of Dev will be essayed by Shaheer Sheikh, who was last seen as Arjun in ‘Mahabharata’.
‘Ek Duje Ke Vaste’ on Sony TV
The story revolves around a girl Suman (played by Nikita Dutta and last seen in ‘Dream Girl’), who is very shy at home but confident once she steps outside. Her love interest, Shravan, will be played by Namik Paul, who was last seen in ‘Qubool Hai’. Suman believes in living an independent life and runs her own small venture in Delhi. The show is supposed to replace ‘Pyaar Ko Ho Jaane Do’, which is already off air.
‘Swadhinta’ on Star Plus
Produced by Fortune Productions, the show is slated to replace Star Plus’ comedy show ‘Sumit Sambhal Lega’. The star cast has not yet been confirmed, however, there are rumours floating that Harshad Arora has been approached for the lead role.
Star Plus has already launched two new shows in 2016 so far, ‘Silsila Hai Pyar Ka’ and ‘Tamanna’, which is the story about the ambition of a girl to become a cricketer despite all odds.
The channel has taken off air quite a few shows in the last one year, with three of its shows – ‘Kuch Toh Hai Tere Mere Darmiyaan’, ‘Sumit Sambhal Lega’ and ‘Aaj Ki Raat Hain Zindagi’ – going off air this year. The last episode of another show, ‘Mohi’, was aired on February 7. It will be interesting to see how Star Plus fares with its new content in the coming weeks.
‘Bahu Hamari Rajni Kant’ on Life OK
Life Ok is all set to launch its new show ‘Bahu Hamari Rajni Kant’, which will replace horror-comedy show ‘Zindagi Abhi Baki Hai Mere Ghost’.
‘Bahu Hamari Rajni Kant’ revolves around the never-ending expectations from a ‘bahu’ by her mother-in-law and how she tackles them. Debutante Ridhima Pandit will be paired opposite Karan V Grover. The show will also have Pankit Thakker and Vahbbiz Dorabjee in pivotal roles. The show will be produced by Sonali Jaffar and Amir Jaffar and will mark their first fiction work as producers under the banner of Full House Media.
‘Kasam’ on Colors
Colors’ upcoming show ‘Kasam’ is touted to be a drama based on reincarnation. The show has been produced under the banner of Balaji Telefilms. Sharad Malhotra, last seen in ‘Maharana Pratap’, will be essaying the role of the male protagonist. Though the female lead is yet to be confirmed, there are rumours about ‘Bigg Boss’ fame Yuvika Chaudhary being approached for the role opposite Sharad. The show will replace ‘Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi’, which will go off air from February 19.
‘24 Season 2’ on Colors
The crime thriller starring Anil Kapoor will return for its second season on Colors after a gap of two years. The show is directed by Abhinay Deo and is slated to be bigger than its previous season. Season 1 of ‘24’, based on the hit American show of the same name starring Kiefer Sutherland in the lead role, had reported high viewership.
‘India’s Got Talent’ on Color
With auditions on full swing for the 2016 edition of the talent hunt show, Colors’ flagship property will be back with a bang very soon.
‘Meri Awaaz Hi’ on &TV
The show, based on the backdrop of the Indian music industry, will see Amrita Rao essay the role of the central character, while Deepti Naval will play her older version. The show will be a finite series of 130 episodes and is scheduled to premiere on February 29.