Life is but a roller coaster ride. It goes uphill and then comes crashing down, just like the world of television. This year, the Indian Television Industry scored both a high wave and a bumpy ride on this roller coaster. While a handful of ventures faced failures, others became the talk of the town. While there were many shows that started with high expectations and loud bang but fell flat on the TRP charts, there were some other shows as well which silently appeared on screen but turned out to be the slot leaders! It seems people of the 21st century prefer real over reel.
What Worked –
Comedy Nights with Kapil:
A laughter riot which keeps on repeating. Kapil Sharma’s debut show as producer and actor has worked in his favor. The talk show with a hint of comedy is perfect for viewers who are looking for a stress buster. The ensemble cast which includes Kiku, Shumona Chakraborty, Sunil Grover, Ali Asgar and Upasana Singh among others, works wonders for the show.
Jhalak Dikhla Jaa :
Considered as the most reputed dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa remains to be the most awaited dance show on Indian television. This year we got to witness tough competition among the strong participants and their talented choreographers. Drashti Dhami, Lauren Gottlieb, Karanvir Bohra, Shaan, Siddharth Shukla and all others wowed the viewers and rocked the floor whereas Drashti Dhami took the crown of the winner.
Nach Baliye 6:
What doesn’t this season of Nach Baliye have? We have amazing dancers, experienced judges and let us not forget our anchors Chote and Bade! Fans just cannot help but glue their eyes to the screen every weekend in anticipation of who will win this season.
Bigg Boss 7:
Resting on the throne of controversies, Bigg Boss 7 had all it takes to make it the most loved show of 2013. Audience may not have loved everything about the show, but that sure did not make them quit watching.Through its ups and downs, the show continued to entertain the viewers until the very end. Until the final moments, viewers were eager to know which one of the housemates would emerge a winner. Finally, Gauahar Khan turned out to be the favourite among the audiences and she won Bigg Boss 7.
Crime Patrol :
Sony Entertainment Television’s most watched show during the weekends that actually takes the camera into the dark world of crime. Giving the taste of the rude and crude reality, Crime Patrol tops the charts even today.
Saavdhaan India : India Fights Back!
This has been the tagline of the show that portrayed the bravehearts who protested against crime, wrong and backdated social norms. Indians truly saluted these bravehearts on screen and graced them with pure respect as the show turned out to be a brand show for Life OK.
What Did Not Work –
The show began at the end of 2012 and carried well into 2013 but lost its luster in the first quarter of 2013 itself. Based on the lives of two star crossed lovers, Anamika carried the essence of supernatural entities. In effort to pick up the show’s ratings, the makers split the series into two seasons, when the idea did not work, the show was pulled off air.
With Sanaya Irani’s grueling popularity, it was a shocker that this next show did not work. Formulated on the typical saas-bahu drama, the show lacked the luster to perform well on screen. After ChhanChhan and her traditional saas made up, there was no where for the story to go. All came tumbling down in a matter of months.
Na Bole Tum Naa Maine Kuch Kaha 2:
It was natural that the high expectations of season 1 of the series would affect the way season 2 was received. After an initial excitement on the return of show, fans reactions fizzed out faster than a can of soda when they saw a 12 year leap in the show.
Punar Vivah Season 2:
Punar Vivah first season was a huge hit. Expectations were generally high for the second season too. But alas! It didn’t turn out to be as successful as the first season. The dynamics among the lead characters kept on changing. Even with extremely known faces of Karan Grover and Eijaz Khan, the show could not be saved from dropping TRPs.
Hongey Judaa Naa Hum :
Aamna Shariff’s comeback show with Raqesh Vashist had a lot of aspirations and hope. However, the production house (Shri Adhikari Brothers) failed to deliver. The script became lose with the passage of time. A dispute did arise as well when the rumours spread that the production house of the show might be replaced. Later, it was reported that due to non-payment of dues, Aamna Shariff had stopped shooting and the last scene was shot by Raqesh Vashisht with a body double. Unfortunately, due to Aamna’s absence, the show could not even deliver with a happy ending and finally it ended on a grieving note.
Author: Diana Lydia