When SET launched ‘Tujko Hai Salaam Zindgi’, it claimed that it would be a different show and that the public was tired of the run of the mill stuff and wanted a pleasant change. Unfortunately, barely 3 month's down the road the channel has taken a decision to axe the show. As a precursor to the final exit, this police academy show has been shunted to the 10PM slot.
According to Mr. Sanjay Upadhyay, Creative Head - Fiction, SET, “We wanted to try out something different, but it did not click. But we have no regrets, for we at least tried to go beyond the conventional stuff.
However, a source tells us that major differences between the channel and production house existed right from the time the show began. The channel was not happy with low TRPs, while the production house,Sphere Origin felt let down by the lack of promotion.
In all this off screen drama, just think about the poor actress, Parivaa Pranati who plays the lead Manya Sharma, who does not have any other show. Her only other work was Viruddh which too was taken off the air. However, publicly she is keeping a brave face and says, “These things happen”. But nudge her furtur and the hurt does come out. “Why should TRPs be the sole barometer of success? Worst part is that nobody knows where the meters are. From the time my character entered the academy, I was getting good public feedback; hence do not know what to assume now. Parivaa is supported by an avid watcher of the serial, Anmol Vaswani who says, “We liked the new concept where women were shown going outside the house and trying out a professional career”.
It's worse for Manoj Bidwai who has just entered the show opposite Parivaa. "My character Karan Verma was pretty interesting and different; hence it is sad that the show is being wrapped up. We had done lot of promotional work for my character, all that is down the drain now." He does not think that the show will be given a logical conclusion, for it will be off air in a matter of days. Lead actor Abhay Vakil was unavailable for comment.
Author: Anil Merani