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!
All Daily soaps try to entertain viewers with different tracks and
storylines. In order to create sensation amongst viewers, every show
normally has new and unexpected twists in the story that leave the
audiences' spell bound. Writers & directors, in their quest to show
something 'different', many a times, entertain viewers with certain
unreal moments! Like, after a particular character is shown 'dead',
they suddenly come alive, but with a new face! Some meet with an
accident, go into coma and loose their memory, unable to recognize
their own family. These are certain twists that occur in almost all the
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
Accidents in serials not only account for plastic surgery, but
memory loss as well. Usually the character is shown dead, and suddenly
found alive somewhere, living with a different family..which creates
more twists and turns in the story line. It all started with the
'death' of Mihir of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. Mihir's death
caused nationwide hysteria amongst fans who demanded the return of
Mihir. What followed was memory loss of Mihir, wherein he started
living life as Amar with his doctor, Mandira who gave him his new life.
And thereon, the saga continued... Kumkum of 'Kumkum-Ek Pyara Sa
Bandhan', also had to go through this 'memory loss' phase, after she
met with an accident. Pari of 'Woh Rehne Wali Mehlon Ki', Addy of
'Parivaar', Om of 'Kahanii Ghar Ghar Kii' are few of the victims of
amnesia. The list is really endless. There is also a variation to
memory loss. Sagar of 'Banoo Main Teri Dulhan' and Abhay of 'Kkusum'
started living the life of a kid. All they remembered was what they
were when they were a child. Interesting part is, that all these
characters regain their memory and that too, either from the same
place or replicating the incident which caused their memory loss.
Question is - Are these the only ways & means
to carry a story forward? Maybe directors and writers cannot be
entirely blamed, as when a serial runs for six to seven years, one
really runs short of ideas. Plus, over the years, we've known and have
reason to believe, that story may not always be the reason for such
twists & turns in serials. There are many other factors involved..
like some 'behind-the-scenes' reasons for a certain twist in a show!
1) Plastic Surgery - Actor/actress is getting replaced (for whatever reasons)!
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!
Well, these are just some of the reasons..there could be many
more! But whatever the reason, its high time writers, producers,
directors begin to think of new plots for serials instead of the same
old stories/tracks followed in all serials. Coz audience ka 'dil maange
more'! Or are we asking for too much?! You decide!
Author: Anu.Rad, Ekta.