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Why shows go off air? A look at TV series that faded away in recent times

2017 can be called a rollercoaster year for the Indian broadcast industry. The year saw a slew of new show launches amid much fanfare...and also several quiet exits when the shows fizzled out. Some shows, such as ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ and ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’, exited the small screens amid a lot of controversy. 

Meanwhile, according to various media reports, shows like ‘Ishqbaaz’, ‘Ikyaawan’, ‘Naamkaran’, ‘Haasil’ and ‘Meri Durga’ will bid adieu to the viewers soon. 

Adgully takes a look at the shows that had a short life span on television screens in 2017... 

‘Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 3; (July 3, 2017 – October 6, 2017)
‘Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon’ was one of the most viewed and top rated shows in 2011-12 on Star Plus. The storyline of the show was so well depicted that it made the creators (Gul Kan, 4 Lions Film) of the show to come up with the franchises of the show in order to keep their audiences engaged. Season 2 of the show was resurrected in 2013, which was telecast in 2015 (completing 542 Episodes) and received a good response from the viewers. However, the third franchise of the show, which went on air on July 3, 2017, didn’t receive much traction and love from the audiences and went off air on October 6, 2017 with just 70 episodes. 

‘Aarambh’ (July 24, 2017 – September 10, 2017)
‘Aarambh: Kahaani Devsena Ki’ was an Indian historical fiction series which was aired on Star Plus on weekends from June 24, 2017 to September 10, 2017 – a mere 24 episodes. Directed by Goldie Behl, the show had created a lot of noise in the most positive way since its very first promo. Not only on television, the show had created a lot of buzz among the Bollywood Biggies, where celebrities used various platforms to wish the show good luck. However, the show didn’t meet the audience’s expectations and went off air in a very short time. 

‘Dil Dhoondta Hai’ (September 21, 2017 – January 12, 2017)
Produced by Dashami Creations of Nitin Vaidya, ‘Dil Dhoondta Hai’ was a romantic drama that was aired on Zee TV. The storyline of the show revolved around an endearing tale of dreams and aspirations revolving around the lives of a millennial couple. Sadly, the show was unable to strike the right chord with the masses and was wrapped up after 82 episodes. 

‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’ (July 17, 2017 – August 28, 2017)
‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’ (produced by Shashi Sumeet Productions) was perhaps one of the most hotly debated shows not just on Sony Entertainment Television, but Indian television. The story, which depicted a budding romance between a nine-year old boy and an 18-19 year old girl, generated much controversy and the show had received serious flak across all quarters. Following all the criticisms, Union I&B Minister Smriti Irani instructed the channel to shift the show to a later time slot of 10 pm instead of 8.30 pm. However, the show collapsed under the weight of the adverse reviews and was taken off air after 33 episodes. 

In November 2017, the producers of the show rebooted ‘Pehradaar Piya Ki’ in a new avatar – ‘Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya’ – on Sony Entertainment Television. 

‘The Kapil Sharma Show; (April 23, 2016 – August 31, 2017)
Once the darling of showbiz, all it took was a drunken fight some 30,000 feet above ground to start the collapse. We are talking about comedy king Kapil Sharma and his once very popular show – ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’. Produced by K9 and Frames Production, the show had played the role of a lucky mascot for Sony with non-stop comedy and a stream of Bollywood celebrities. However, Kapil’s mid-flight tussle with his co-stars, especially Sunil Grover, and exits of many of the show’s key characters following that, generated a lot of negative reviews for ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’. 

On August 7, 2017 it was reported that ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ had been renewed for a year by Sony Entertainment Television. However, on August 31, 2017, a spokesperson of Sony Entertainment Television announced that Kapil Sharma and the channel had mutually agreed to give the show a short break as shooting of several episodes had to be cancelled due to “Kapil Sharma’s poor health”. 

But there is good news for all Kapil Sharma fans – the comedian is set to make a comeback with his show on Sony soon. 

‘Dil Sambhal Jaa Zara’ (October 23, 2017 – February 2, 2018)
Vikram Bhatt’s television debut, ‘Dil Sambhal Jaa Zara’, which was telecast on Star Plus, failed to gain the expected eyeballs and was abruptly taken off from the channel’s profile. The show had a very strong and progressive storyline about a married couple with a 20-year age gap. ‘Dil Sambhal Jaa Zara’ featured Sanjay Kapoor as the lead actor. However, the show didn’t run for more than 75 episodes. 

‘Aisi Deewangi Dekhi Nahi Kahi’ (May 22, 2017 – February 2, 2018)
What is it with TV shows using lines from hit Bollywood songs as show titles? Produced by Diamond Pictures and telecast on Zee TV, ‘Aise Deewangi Dekhi Nahi Kahi’ was a fiery, passionate, action-packed love story, which premiered on May 22, 2017, but ended abruptly on February 2, 2018 after completing around 181 episodes due to some serious problems that arose with the actors of the show. The lead pair – Pranav Misshra and Jyoti Sharma – filed a complaint against the producers of the show to the Cine and TV Artistes Association citing “inhuman treatment and working conditions” on the sets of the show. 

‘Kya Qusoor Hai Amala Ka?’ (April 3, 2017 – September 30, 2017)
‘Kya Qusoor Hai Amala Ka?’ was an Indian Hindi drama finite television series on Star Plus when they launched their new offering, ‘Star Dopahar’. Produced by 24 Frames Media, the show went on air on April 3, 2017. ‘Kya Qusoor Hai Amala Ka?’ was the Indian adaptation of hit Turkish drama series, ‘Fatmagül 'ün Suçu Ne?’. The show ended on September 30, 2017 with the discontinuation of the Star Dopahar programming block. 

‘Love Ka Hai Intezaar’ (May 15, 2017 – September 30, 2017)
Produced by Siddharth Malhotra, ‘Love Ka Hai Intezaar’, which was aired between May 15, 2017 and September 30, 2017, was a romantic drama series that was part of the Star Dopahar block. However, due to low TRPs the channel fully stopped its afternoon band and thus the show was taken off air.

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