Does it happen to you..after having lost track of a particular story/serial, when you go back to watching the serial, you're shocked/surprised to see that the main protagonist has changed faces? Or, when a character is going through the 'I-don't-remember-anything' phase, have you wished, you too would have a memory lapse about the serial? If yes, then Welcome to the World of Daily Soaps!
Remember Sujal, the very famous character of 'Kahiin Toh Hoga'? The character was played by the then lead actor, Rajeev Khandelwal. Suddenly, viewers found Sujal dead in an accident. Later, he returned from out of the blue, but this time it was not Rajeev, but Gurpreet who played the role. Whats surprising is that, not only did the face change, but his voice, body structure, height and even the colour of his eyes changed! Before Sujal, a similar situation occurred in 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi'. Who can forget the character of Mandira which was initially played by Mandira Bedi. As soon as she left the show, Achint Kaur took over. Which means, a short Mandira Bedi turned into a tall Achint Kaur and Mandira’s sweet voice turned into the rough and tough voice of Achint! What were the casting directors thinking?!
Well, this is not the end to the list of plastic surgery’s in serials. Television has witnessed several such examples. Ram Kapoor who played the role of Rahul in 'Ghar Ek Mandir' was also a victim of plastic surgery and here, a healthy Ram Kapoor transformed into a slim Ashish Kapoor! In 'Kutumb', the antagonist took advantage of the death of the protagonist Gauri, and Amita got transformed to Gauri Pradhan! Recently, the same happened with the character of Anurag Basu in 'Kasautii Zindagi Kii'. The role was earlier played by the handsome Cezanne Khan and is now played by Hiten Tejwani. The list is endless.. The question that arises is – how can the voice, body structure and also the height change, when a plastic surgery is performed on the face?! In serials, post-plastic surgery, not just the face..but body type, voice & everything changes! Is it due to the fact that doctors in serials have had an over-dose of plastic surgeries, as they have to perform this operation on every other character in almost every other serial? Kudos to these doctors!! Wondering where all this started? Just rewind your memory and you will recall the character of Jyothi, played by Rekha in the film 'Khoon Bhari Maang'. In the film, Rekha remained Rekha, before & after plastic surgery..with just a few changes to her face structure. But serials have taken things 10 steps ahead!
2) Coma/Illness/Away on a Business Trip - Actor/actress' unavailability of dates due to other commitments!
3) Memory Loss - Actor/actress is fed up of playing the same role over the years and needs variety!