Romance is on the airwaves and even Ekta Kapoor, queen of the vicious saas-bahu fights and two-timing patidevs, has felt its heat. So much so that Saakshi Tanwar of the eight-year-old yawn..sorry yarn, Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki told her viewers ‘akhri shukriya’ a week ago. ‘Kahani...’ bowed out reportedly due to falling TRPs and ‘Kyunki...’,that precursor of everything saas-bahu, is said to follow suit.
Speculation is that Ekta is filling the ‘Kahani...’ slot with a romance that’s inspired by Subhash Ghai’s 90s hit Saudagar. Proof that she too has woken up to the kahani pyar ki that’s playing out now on all channels.
Now that we have suffered through family squabbles, sis-in-law machinations and extra-marital affairs, soaps have decided to turn all soppy. There’s Star Plus’ Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat, a prince-meets-Cinderella story with newbies Kapil Nirmal and the 17-year-old Anjali Abrol playing the lead roles. The serial’s steadily gaining TRPs, thanks to the lead pair’s somewhat awkward chemistry and an Amar Chitra Katha kind of story about a raja, his good-and-evil ranis, handsome kunwars, selfish rajkumaris and loyal sevaks cavorting in a palace. Just don’t ask what time period this particular story is set in — a generous dose of suspension of disbelief is called for if you wish to enjoy its languid pace and storybook charm. Right after ‘Raja ki...’ comes ‘Kis desh mein hai mera dil’, another love story but this one in the typical high-octane low-logic Balaji mould.
I suspect it is high on popularity ratings because of the lead pair’s conventional good looks and sparkling chemistry. Even Bidaai, which is the top-rated show in Star Plus at present, has also shifted gears from the fair girl-dark girl track to the love-over-mobile phone one.
It was actually Zee TV that kicked off the love story trend with its Karz and Om Shanti Om-inspired drama ‘Banoo Mein Teri Dulhan’, which is stiff competition to ‘Raji ki...’ at the same 8 pm slot.
Once ‘Dulhan..’. topped the charts, the other channels woke up to the love mania while Zee predictably snored away its initial mover’s advantage. Sony’s just begun ‘Hum Ladkiyan’ in the prime 8.30 pm slot to counter Star Plus’ ‘Kis desh..’ Zee TV, though late in the day, has started another janam janam ki kahani in ‘Ranbir Rano’ that’s aired at 10.30 pm.
For unabashed soap fans like me, these love stories make for a welcome change from chiffon-and-sindoor-clad excesses, mostly because they have some semblance of a screenplay and fresh faces. So what if most of the romances are either too pious or too juvenile.... we couch beggars know when not to be choosers.
Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, which started airing in the year 2000, made characters like Parvati and Om popular household names and it was an emotional moment on the last day of shoot for the cast and crew members.
Actor Sakshi Tanwar says, "It's very difficult for me to put in words the kind of emotion that I am going through right now."
Actor Kiran Karmarkar adds, "I feel empty. It's like I am leaving something behind and things are breaking apart. It's like I don't know what will happen next."
The popularity of reality shows and falling TRPs seem to have finally taken it's toll on this Saas-Bahu and Parivaar saga. The final episode aired on Dussehra, by highlighting the triumph of good over evil. And while some die-hard fans of Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki are disappointed by the fact that the soap is bidding farewell to it viewers, a majority seem to be heaving a sigh of relief at the departure.
According to reports, another Balaji soap will take Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki's place starting Monday.
She is best known for her role of Parvati in the popular television soap opera, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii (Translated literally as: The Story of Every Home).
Saakshi's character Parvati has been playing the ideal wife, mother, family member. The huge initial success and the subsequent continued patronage of the largely female audience of the show has been instrumental in changing the fortunes of the production house Balaji Telefilms and in creating a successful genre of tearjerker family dramas, which still continues in the Indian TV industry. Her character recently underwent a drastic makeover, to make her look modern, strong and a lady out with a vengeance to get back at each and every enemy of hers.but, now she is back to her old look. The serial enjoys tremendous popularity in India and abroad.
Saakshi Tanwar comes from a middle class family from Alwar in Rajasthan. She studied at the Lady Sri Ram college in New Delhi University.
Saakshi has worked in few other serials including the very popular Devi where she plays the central character who is a spiritually inclined woman with a strong connection to Goddess Durga.she will not be seen in zees next because she is not saakshi Tanwar. but will appear in a few movies in the coming 2008, one movie that has been put onto flaws is coffe house were she wil play the main lead. the role of a bahu,with her trademark parvati look.
Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii
Kutumb (TV Serial)
Devi (TV Serial)
Dhadkan ( Pakistani TV Serial )
Gurukul ( TV Serial ) ( Show Host )
Koffee With Karan (Guest Appearance) (With Smriti Z Irani)
Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii crossover episodes
Kahaani Jurm Ki (One Episode)
Kahiin To Hoga ( One Episode ) ( Guest Appearance )
Viraasat (One Episode) (Special Appearance)
Kavyanjali (Two Episodes) (Special Appearance)
Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin (As Jassi's Lawyer) (Special Appearance)
Kandy Floss ( TV Serial )( One Episode ) (Guest Appearance with Mona Singh )
Ab Ayega Mazaa ( One Episode ) (Guest Appearance )
Dhamaal Express With Ali Asgar (comedian)
Yeh Hai Jalwa with Smirti Zubin Irani ( Show Host)
Kaun Banega Crorepati with Smriti Irani ( One Episode ) on STAR Plus with Amitabh Bachchan.