[caption id="attachment_780894"]<img class="size-full wp-image-780894" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/yehpyarnahoga_311210_316.jpg" alt="Here's a list of ten shows that the audience refused... Lucknow's Hazratganj, popularly called 'Ganj', was the backdrop to a growing small-town inter-caste romance between a Brahmin boy Abeer (Gaurav Khanna) and a Kayasth girl Leher (Yami Gautam). It replaced Bigg Boss Season 3 but could hardly match up to its predecessor in the time slot in terms of popularity. It died an early death.
Text: Ranjib Mazumder / Images: Publicity Stills" /> Here's a list of ten shows that the audience refused... Lucknow's Hazratganj, popularly called 'Ganj', was the backdrop to a growing small-town inter-caste romance between a Brahmin boy Abeer (Gaurav Khanna) and a Kayasth girl Leher (Yami Gautam). It replaced Bigg Boss Season 3 but could hardly match up to its predecessor in the time slot in terms of popularity. It died an early death.
Text: Ranjib Mazumder / Images: Publicity Stills[/caption]
Set in a remote village in Bihar called Dholkipur where caste hierarchies are strictly maintained, 'Kashi' was the story of a seven year old girl, who dreamt of learning and getting herself educated. The TRPs never crossed 1 and was denied to stay on-air for long.
With the rustic charm and picturesque backdrop of Rajasthan, 'Do Saheliyaan... Kismat Ki Kathputaliyaan' was a simple story of friendship between two girls, the challenges their friendship faced and how destiny finds their paths constantly intersecting in the most unusual ways. A guest appearance from Sakshi Tanwar and huge star cast couldn't manage to bring the desired result for the channel. It was taken off-air within a few months.
Taking a cue from the famous song from 'Khatta Meetha', 'Thoda Hai Bas Thode Ki Zaroorat Hai' was another show to explore the middle class families like Zee's '12/24 Karol Bagh'. It hardly worked with our middle class and their apathy made the show vanish within six months.
After finding great success with 'Pavitra Rishta' and decent TRPs with 'Bairi Piya', Ekta Kapoor launched another show 'Sarvagunn Sampanna' with Marathi flavour. Set in Kolhapur, the story followed Swara Rajay Deshmuk, a young Marathi girl who earns her daily bread through Lavani dance. It died an early death too.
Producer J D Majethia's show had Sana Shaikh in the lead along with Vikram Gokhale, Yashpal Sharma, Lubna Salim amongst others. The storyline followed Reet on her journey of living out her father's biggest dream even as she must deal with constant opposition from society. It failed miserably. The efforts of the channel did not pay off even after changing the lead actress Sana Shaikh with Amrapali Dubey and it went off-air within six months of its debut.
The entry of Yash Raj Films in the domain of television with five shows was accompanied by a lot of hullaballoo thanks to their track record in films. 'Powder', one of the five shows was set against the narcotic trade in the back-drop of today's Mumbai. This fast paced, high octane drama told the tale of durg lord, Naved Ansari, and an honest team of Narotics Control Bureau led by Usmaan Malik. This thrilling show was one step towards coming of age of Indian television. But it failed to find takers being pitted against well established shows.
Inspired by our mythological stories, the show was about seven ordinary people from different parts of India with extra-ordinary powers fighting the ultimate battle of Good vs Evil. To fulfill an ancient prophecy and save the world. Another show from YRF bouquet, it was laced with special effects and had interesting camerawork. The TRPs registered were far from encouraging. Even the promotional expenses worth Rs 50 lakh (reportedly) could not garner audience attention.
The czarina of saas-bahu shows, Ekta Kapoor wanted to do something different and hence collaborated with Hindi pulp fiction writer Ved Prakash Sharma. Sharma's hugely popular series Keshav Pandit made way for a different watch for primetime with Sarwar Ahuja in the lead. The show was about with the titular character Keshav Pandit, the Indian version of Robin Hood. After the initial weeks, it lost out on the TRPs and got axed within three months of its launch. The show was not promoted well enough though.
The tale of an orphan, Jamunia revolved around the titular character whose maternal uncle marries her off into a rich haveli for money. And how the intrigue unfolds since this rich haveli is cursed and no woman has ever survived there. One of the few daily soaps to be shot in actual location, the entire cast and crew spent months in Kawartha palace in Chattisgarh to bring authenticity to the show. Promoted as the never-before-explored-territory on small screen, audience refused to tread those lines.