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Latest Update:
  • Saath Nibhana Saathiya 2' To Witness The Entry of Krutika Desai
  • Saath Nibhana Saathiya 2: Mohammad Nazim talks about his double role, turning negative and moreMohammad Nazim gets talking about the love from fans, playing a double role in Saath Nibhana Saathiya 2.
  • Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 2 PROMO: Gopi 'finally' introduces Gehna & Anant - Saath Nibhana Saathiya 2 has been in the news for a while and as fans wait for the show to go on air, here's a new promo that has our attention.
  • ‘Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 2’ to replace ‘Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke’Yeh Rishtey Hai Pyaar Ke which originally aired at 10 pm, was recently moved to the 9 pm slot, making way for Shahi’s Anupamaa - is now all set to go off-air soon.
  • Saath Nibhana Saathiya 2: Vishal Singh says 'I am not sure about joining the show again' - Vishal Singh reveals that while he did get a call from the makers of Saath Nibhana Saathiya 2, he does not want to do the same show he has worked on for 6 years.
  • Mohammad Nazim to retain his role as Ahem along with Devoleena Bhattacharjee? Saath Nibhana Saathiya is all set to come with a season 2 and here's the latest update regarding the same.
  • Devoleena Bhattacharjee aka Gopi to only be a part of introductory episodes? The season 2 of Saath Nibhana Saathiya has been creating a lot of buzz online and otherwise, and here's an interesting piece of update. Read on to know more.
  • 'Saath Nibhana Saathiya 2' Promo is Out; Gives a Nod To Viral Video 'Rasode Mein Kaun Tha?
  • 'That is indeed that happens in the promo itself. Dressed in an elegant saree, Gopi (Bhattacharjee) enters the frame right away and guess what? There is a subtle nod given to the currently viral video, 'Rasode Mein Kaun Tha?'


Star Plus' popular and one of the longest-running shows Saath Nibhana Saathiya is all set to come back with a season 2. The channel has recently released the promo for the second season and it was received very well by the fans. The promo was dropped days after a video by Yashraj Mukhate’s rap on Rupal Patel aka Kokilaben’s famous dialogue "Rasode Mein Kon Tha?" went viral on the internet. It was only a matter of time that the makers decided to encash upon that and now, here they are.

What seemed like just a conversation so far is now actually happening as thr first teaser of Saath Nibhana Saathiya 2 is here. The fans of the show already know that actor Devoleena Bhattacharjee is the one who will flagging things off and will appear in the first couple of episodes.

That is indeed that happens in the promo itself. Dressed in an elegant saree, Gopi (Bhattacharjee) enters the frame right away and guess what? There is a subtle nod given to the currently viral video, 'Rasode Mein Kaun Tha?'



Gopi says 'shayad rasode mein gehna ne cooker gas pe chadha diya hoga!" You think this would have been a part of the promo if not fo the viral clip? Definitely not. The important thing that this teaser does is not just get the fans excited about Gopi's mini-return but also give a build-up to Gehna, who will be the new protagonist in this season. Even in the couple of lines she talks about Gehna , it is established that she is a mixed bag of leaving one and all shocked and sometimes, one and all surprised. She teases further about how you have to stay tuned to find out soon, as to after all Gehna is.

All we can say, the fans of the show should be excited enough!



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Story, About the TV Show:

Season 2:

The latest we hear from our sources is that Devoleena will be seen in the initial episodes only. The actress will be the one who will introduce the new lead of the season, Gehna. The storyline will be very different from Saath Nibhana Saathiya

Gopi is in extreme depression after Ahem's passing, has not smiled or talked in 4 years. Kokila decides to accept Dr. Krishna Raheja's proposal of him marrying Gopi; on the wedding day, Gopi recovers, only to be unwilling forced to marry Dr. Krishna. Jigar and Paridhi have undergone major personality changes and are no longer the caring and family-oriented persons. Paridhi had kicked out Sahir, Sonakshi and their two sons out of Modi Bhavan, and gets Jigar's other son Samar married to Monica, an arrogant fashionista. Meanwhile, Meera hates Vidya as she holds the latter responsible for the former's miscarriage, while the real culprit is Naiyya, Shravan's sister. Gopi vows to reunite the Modis by taking over the family business, and eventually succeeds. It is revealed that Krishna is Mansi's brother, and him, Mansi and Pramila (his mother) have come to take revenge on Gopi. Kokila hires Ahem's look-a-like (Jaggi, illegitimate son of Parag and Urvashi), to rescue Gopi.

Star Cast& Crew:
Harsh Nagar and Sneha Jain have been roped in to play the lead roles in Saath Nibhana Saathiya 2.


The show featured Rupal Patel, Vandana Vithlani, Devoleena Bhattacharjee in the lead roles and as per the latest reports, it might get a third season after all.

It initially starred Giaa Manek, Rucha Hasabnis, Mohammad Nazim, Vishal Singh and Rupal Patel. Manek was replaced by Devoleena Bhattacharjee. The show later focused on the leads' daughters played by Tanya Sharma and Sonam Lamba.

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The promo sees Devoleena Bhattacharjee aka Gopi Bahu sharing the qualities of Gehna and thereby leaves the viewers guessing ‘who is Gehna?’.after all. It sure created a lot of buzz and for all the right reasons. None the less, it does make us wonder what is the role of Devoleena on the show?






TOP 10 Unknown Facts:
  • The latest we hear from our sources is that Devoleena will be seen in the initial episodes only. The actress will be the one who will introduce the new lead of the season, Gehna.
  • Mohammad Nazim, who played Ahem on the show Saath Nibhana Saathiya had quit the show as his story had come to an end. The makers realised how much the audience misses him and decided to re-introduce him as Jaggi.
  • Ever since Nazim is back on the show, the show's TRP's have increased and the show has been in the top 5. But the audience was waiting for one thing since a long time and that is to see the Nazim-Devoleena romance. Ahem and Gopi had a lot of Lovey-Dovey moments, which the audience was really missing, and now that Nazim is back, they wanted to see some more of that action!
  • Well, you guys are in for a treat! In the upcoming episodes of Saath Nibhana Saathiya, you will see Gopi dancing for Jaggi! Jaggi is clueless about why she is behaving like this and Gopi keeps dancing. He asks her about her behaviour but she still keeps dancing! Jaggi wakes up only to find out it was a dream! Jaggi thinks about why he is dreaming about Gopi! He has started to develop feelings for her!
  • Everytime Jaggi meets Gopi, he will feel restless and uncomfortable. That's when he will realise his love for her. Jaggi and Gopi are trying trick Mansi into their trap with the Ghost drama. They are almost about to extort the property papers from her but Krishna comes in and exposes them! He claims that Gopi is his wife. so in order to save her from Krishna, Jaggi takes Sindoor and applies it o her forehead! Gopi and Jaggi are unofficially married now!OM
TOP 10 Interesting Facts:
  • It might have been a while now but it is true that 'Rasode Mein Kaun Tha?' continues to be the latest viral sensation on the internet and indeed gave the talk around Saath Nibhana Saathiya a huge push.
  • The clip from an episode where the character Gopi washes a laptop went viral and was subjected to various trolls and criticism.
  • The series revolves around the Modi family, who live in a mansion in Rajkot. It explores morals and values of a typical Gujarati joint family, when cousins Gopi and Rashi marry two Modi sons, Ahem and Jigar.
  • The storyline took a leap of eight years in February 2014 and a further ten years in March 2015, four years in May 2016 and three months in March 2017. The series ended on 23 July 2017, completing 2,184 episodes. It was replaced by Tu Sooraj, Main Saanjh Piyaji.
  • Saath Nibhaana Saathiya has spawned several different language remakes including Pudhcha Paaul (Marathi), Deivam Thandha Veedu (Tamil), Chandanamazha (Malayalam), Amritavarshini (Kannada) and Bodhuboron (Bengali).
  • Saath Nibhaana Saathiya was dubbed into Telugu as Kodala Kodala Koduku Pellamaa on Star MAA.
  • Internationally, it airs in Sri Lanka dubbed into Sinhala as Mage Sanda Obai on Swarnavahini. In Indonesia, it began airing on ANTV from 26 September 2016 under the title Gopi but was airing from Monday to Friday at 3:00 pm (Indonesia Western Time)
Negative Reviews:
What should I say should I fill with filthy words but I shouldn't do that and yeah this show is make you say all the filthy words from all over the world they keep doing several mistake like one twist not ended yet and another turn begin and the director is probably retarded because the show is very worst everything is worst and what is with close up shots they keep show close up with intense in every 10 sec its so annoying. let's just say I want to break everyone's neck specifically director/writer. That's why they never be one of the artist

Positive Reviews:
Saath Nibhana Saathiya is one of the best drama I've ever seen and that's why it has hit #1 many many times according to TRP charts and never have gotten under #5. I love this show and it is one of the most dearest things to me! This show lets me live and it gives out daily lessons. All of these negative comments about Saath Nibhana Saathiya are just so irrelevant and half of them are saying things about the drama without even knowing the whole plot. It gives out very good values and s****s and teaches so many good things about life. I live in Canada and one of the most modern person you'll meet but is still obsessed with this show. Definitely recommend this show and please do watch. I love Saathiya more than everything and I hope you do too!!

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Saath Nibhana Saathiya: Devoleena Bhattacharjee aka Gopi to only be a part of introductory episodes?

The season 2 of Saath Nibhana Saathiya has been creating a lot of buzz online and otherwise, and here's an interesting piece of update. Read on to know more.



Star Plus' popular and one of the longest-running shows Saath Nibhana Saathiya is all set to come back with a season 2. The channel has recently released the promo for the second season and it was received very well by the fans. The promo was dropped days after a video by Yashraj Mukhate’s rap on Rupal Patel aka Kokilaben’s famous dialogue "Rasode Mein Kon Tha?" went viral on the internet. It was only a matter of time that the makers decided to encash upon that and now, here they are.

The promo sees Devoleena Bhattacharjee aka Gopi Bahu sharing the qualities of Gehna and thereby leaves the viewers guessing ‘who is Gehna?’.after all. It sure created a lot of buzz and for all the right reasons. None the less, it does make us wonder what is the role of Devoleena on the show?

The latest we hear from our sources is that Devoleena will be seen in the initial episodes only. The actress will be the one who will introduce the new lead of the season, Gehna. The storyline will be very different from Saath Nibhana Saathiya but will be a family drama and will mostly be going on air in October.

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Photos/Dialy Episode Videos/Story/Star Cast: Star Plus's "Saath Nibhaana Saathiya"


  • Mohammad Nazim

    Role: Ahem Modi/Jaggi
  • Devoleena Bhattacharjee

    Role: Gopi Modi
    Ahem's wife
  • Rupal Patel

    Role: Kokila Parag Modi
  • Tanya Sharma

    Role: Meera Suryavanshi
  • Sonam Lamba

    Role: Vidya Suryavanshi
  • Vandana Vithlani

    Role: Urmilaben Shah
    Rashi's mother
  • Amar Upadhyay

    Role: Dharam Suryavanshi
  • Shruti Prakash

    Role: Sita Keshav Rathod
  • Rohit Suchanti

    Role: Ricky/Ramakanth Modi
  • Rashmi Singh

    Role: Sonakshi Sahir Modi
  • Kunal Singh

    Role: Shravan Suryavanshi
    Vidya's Husband
  • Vandana Pathak

    Role: Gaura Suryavanshi
  • Uppekha Jain

    Role: Monica Samar Modi
  • Lovey Sasan

    Role: Paridhi Modi
    Jigar''s second wife
  • Vishal Singh

    Role: Jigar Modi
  • Neeraj Bharadwaj

    Role: Chirag Modi
    Jigar's father
  • Firoza Khan

    Role: Kinjal Modi
  • Jyostsana Karyekar

    Role: Parvati Modi
  • Swati Shah

    Role: Hetal Chirag Modi
    Jigar's mother
  • Rucha Hasabnis

    Role: Rashi Modi
    Rashi, in contrast who always believes in having the best and primarily in her own ways wants to get married in an affluent family. Her desires from life are quite averse to Gopi’s as she wishes to have a husband and mother-in-law who would always give in to her rule. Being Gopi’s cousin, Rashi in her undermining ways has never been like a sister to her and has always treated Gopi as a maid.
  • Pratap Hada

    Role: Molu
  • Hiteeka Ruchandran

    Role: Rashi
  • Paras Tomar

    Role: Pappu
  • Kajal Pisal

    Role: Mansi
  • Aparna Kanekar

    Role: Janko Modi/Baa





The tale of Rashi and Gopi – two sisters with unlike desires from life!!

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Saath Nibhaana Saathiya

Mon-Fri, 7 PM
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Just the word "marriage" fills virtually every newly wed girl's heart with trepidation, anxiousness and self-doubt. But gone are those days, as STAR Plus redefines these emotions with the tale of two girls Rashi and Gopi, as they set out on their journey of marriage. Saath Nibhaana Saathiya, launches May 3rd, Mon- Friday at 7 pm only on STAR Plus.

Saath Nibhaana Saathiya revolves around the story of two young girls, Gopi and Rashi who have diverse hopes, dreams and expectations from life. Raised by her despotic Mami, Gopi a naïve orphan girl has always been ill treated by her aunt and cousin. All her life, being deprived of mother’s love, Gopi lives with immense hopes in her heart with only one expectation from life - an affectionate life partner and finding a mother in her Sasuma.

Rashi, in contrast, who always believes in having the best and primarily in her own ways wants to get married in an affluent family. Her desires from life are quite averse to Gopi’s as she wishes to have a husband and mother-in-law, who would always give in to her rule. Being Gopi’s cousin, Rashi in her undermining ways has never been like a sister to her and has always treated Gopi as a maid. Will Rashi and Gopi get what they want or does destiny has something else in store for them??

Two new faces will be essaying the role of the leads, Jiaa Maanek as Gopi and Rucha Hasabnis as Rashi. Produced by Sunrise Productions, this show has a talented cast like Vishal Singh, Firoza Khan, Manish Arora, Neeraj Bharadwaj, Rupal Patel, Swati Shah, who will leave the viewers asking for more with their enticing performances

Commenting on the show, Anupam Vasudev, EVP Marketing and Communications STAR Plus says, “Every young girl lives with a dream in her eyes about their marriage. Similarly, Saath Nibhaana Saathiya deals with two such varied dreams of two unlikely sisters. I am confident that this family drama will surely touch our viewer’s hearts and help in giving a new meaning to relationships.”



So let’s see what fate has in store for Rashi and Gopi? Will Gopi find a mother in her Sasuma?? Will Rashi be able to rule in her Sasural???

To know all this, switch to Saath Nibhaana Saathiya, premiering May 3rd, Monday – Friday at 7 pm only on STAR Plus

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Saath Nibhana Saathiya 2: Mohammad Nazim to retain his role as Ahem along with Devoleena Bhattacharjee?

Saath Nibhana Saathiya is all set to come with a season 2 and here's the latest update regarding the same.



Saath Nibhana Saathiya season 2 has been in the news for a while now, and while it all started with Yashraj Mukhate's rap video on 'Raosde Mein Kon Hain.' While it came at a rather random time, the makers of the show decided to bank on the ongoing popularity and there comes a season 2. Introducing the new season was none other than Devoleena Bhattacharjee, who will be taking on the few introductory episodes.

Meanwhile, Rupal Patel aka Kokilaben has not been approached for the show just yet and in fact, there were also reports about Sidharth Shukla taking the lead role, however, we hear that is not true and he has not been approached. And while the show has been constantly garnering a lot of buzz, there seems to be an update on the role of Ahem, played by Mohammad Nazim as well.

Reports suggest that the actor will be reprising his role in the show and this is an attempt from the makers to ensure that they do everything to make the show grand. The report also stated that a meeting between the makers and Nazim is yet to take place, however, his role is as good as confirmed and the creative team is currently working on the character graphs.

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Gopi
An innocent, docile girl who has few expectations and is content with the simple things that family life has to offer. She is very fond of her her Mama and Mami (Jitubhai and Urmila Ben) whom she stays with after she lost her parents at an early age. She has no big dreams, the only regret that she has in life in that she is uneducated. But never cribs about it. Maami treats her very badly, almost treats her like a servant but then Gopi does not say a word. She very happily does what she is asked to as she feels that this is her responsibility towards her home.


Rashi
A flamboyant, urban girl of today, she believes in living life to the fullest. She doesn’t like to take up too many responsibilities, but is capable of going to any lengths to make her dreams come true. She does not believe in any rights and rituals and is very full of herself. She is the apple of her mother’s eyes and she thinks that life is full of fun and game.
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Aham

A boy of today’s age, 27 years of age, he is the son of Koki Ben and Parag Bhai. He is a workaholic and believes in himself. Though full of sanskaar’s he is a little insensitive and he is like this because of his mother. He is a mamma’s boy and blindly follows whatever his mother has to say to him. He is the one handling the entire Modi empire.




Jigar


He is a soft hearted boy, 25 years of age, son of Hetal Ben and Chirag Bhai. Jigar adores his baa and can do anything for her. He is very fond of his mother but scared of his father. He is a little lazy but its more because he loves to take life as it comes. He is not hyper about things and takes it easy.
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A strong headed woman of around 40 years of age who wants things to be in her control and expects things to go the way she wants them to. She loves her son and has kept him also in her control and thinks that she is responsible for making him the man that he is today. She is very pure from her heart but it’s just that she is a strict disciplinarian. She wants her daughter in law in to listen to her and wants her to be just like a cow. Hence will choose Gopi over Rashi for Aham.




Parag Modi


A nice man by nature, of around 47 years of age, loves to live his life and knows the nature of his wife but does not say much as he wants to be happy in life. Someone where down the line a little scared of his wife also but more so it is because of her shouting and giving lecture than anything else.
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Hetal Modi

A soft hearted woman of around 43 years of age and a very homely and a total motherly figure. She is also very docile and a complete opposite of Koki Ben, even though she is the Jethani of the Modi household, it always appears that she is the devrani and Koki the jethani. But Hetal has no grudges against all of this and does her work very affectionately. She is a woman who does not even treat servants badly and feels bad when Koki does the same but as always can’t say anything about it.


Chirag Modi


A man who believes in hard work, he is a strong pillar of the Modi Empire. He is also a family man but gives more important to work.
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Urmila Shah

A very dominating woman in her late 30’s who dotes on her daughter but hates the heroine equally. She thinks of Gopi as an extra mouth to feed unnecessarily in the house and treats Gopi like a servant and is the brain behind all the cruel things that will happen to Gopi in the longer run.



Jitu Shah


A very compassionate man of around 42 years of age. Gopi’s mama adopted her once the parents died and adores her like his own biological daughter but scared of his wife but still does small things for Gopi.
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Default Ep 142: Kinjal tries to run away from home

Akshay Sethi to leave Saathiya; to get back in Genda Phool



Akshay Sethi has decided to opt out of Star Plus's Saathiya, while his character of Deepak will be seen again in Sasural Genda Phool...


Akshay Sethi who plays the guy opposite Aham's sister in Star Plus' Saath Nibhaana Saathiya has decided to opt out of the show, as his character is not gaining that much priority. However, the actor will soon be back in Sasural Genda Phool, where his track as Radha Bua's son was very much appreciated.

Our source tells us, "Akshay who played negative in Saath Nibhaana Saathiya is no more part of the show. His character did not shape up as promised by the creatives, when he signed the contract".

When contacted, Akshay told us, "Yes, I am quitting Saathiya. When I took up this role, I was told that I was the parallel lead, but later my character turned negative. I have informed the channel and they have agreed to end my track soon. However, my character of Deepak in Sasural Genda Phool will be back soon".

If sources are to be believed, Radha Bua (Sadiya Siddique) will long for her son and get him back to the house. There is a possibility of her back story getting revealed to Deepak in due course of time.

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Kinjal hesitates before climbing down from her balcony, but later makes up her mind to run away.



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Saathiya breaks all records to take the #1 position..



Star Plus' Saathiya Saath Nibhana which is slotted at the 7 PM slot gets to be the #1 serial across all the channels..


Star Plus is now reaping rewards for bravely introducing interesting daily soaps in their early evening band of 7 PM and 7.30 PM. While Ravi Ojha Productions' Sasural Genda Phool climbed up the rating chart few weeks back to reach the #2 slot, Sunrise Production's Saathiya Saath Nibhana which is aired at the 7 PM slot has this week managed to become the Numero Uno show across all channels.

As per today's TVR ratings, Saathiya Saath Nibhana has emerged as the #1 show across all channels with a TVR of 5.3 with Ye Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai taking the second spot with 4.9 TVR. Star Plus' other early evening show, Sasural Genda Phool is also well placed with a TVR of 4.7.

A source from the sets of Saathiya says, "The cast and crew of the show never expected that Saathiya… would reach the number one position because the show was slotted at 7:00 P.M slot which was not at all happening for the channel. The credit goes to the audience for identifying the beauty and simplicity of the concept and sticking to it. Today is a great day for the entire team, as Saathiya has grabbed the number one position with 5.3 rating".

We contacted Vishal Singh (Jigar) the protagonist who said, "We are feeling very proud that today our show had reached the number one position in spite of being at the 7:00 PM slot. All credit goes to the women power on our sets; the writers, directors and audience with special reference made this day happen".

Rashmi Sharma, the Producer of the show says, "The whole team is feeling happy for the recognition that we have got today. Though we were not confident about the show becoming such a big a hit, as the Producer and the Creative Director on the show, I expected the show to do well and today, I can say that all our efforts have been successful".

Hope Saathiya Saath Nibhana maintains its ranking!

Rashi is stunned to realise that she has lost Kinjal’s engagement ring.





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'The trick lies in telling the same story differently' - Gautam Hegde


Gautam Hegde, the writer of many popular shows in a conversation with TellyBuzz..


Gautam Hegde is a writer has penned shows like Santaan, Raja Ki Ayegi Baraat, Miley Jab Hum Tum and Love Ne Milla Di Jodi. Today he is part of the writing team of Star Plus' #1 show, Saathiya Saath Nibhana.

In an exclusive conversation with TellyBuzz, Gautam talks of his eventful journey as a writer, on the progressive changes in television today, his future plans and much more..

Take us thro' your journey as a writer in the Indian Television industry.
I always desired to work for TV and I planned my post graduation studies that way. After a mass comm. course, I joined ZEE. I was with ZEE for three years. After that, I wanted to do something new. I was not sure of turning a writer but my ex-boss Vivek Bahl knew I had it in me to write. He offered me to write Santaan and that's how my journey began. From Santaan, I moved on to write Raja Ki Ayegi Baarat and then Miley Jab Hum Tum, Love Ne Milla Di Jodi...

Will you agree to the point that your forte seems to be developing youth based shows? Explain.
I disagree since apart from Miley Jab Hum Tum and Love Ne Milla Di Jodi, I have also written Santaan, Raja Ki Alayegi Baraat and Saathiya also. I have a saas and a bahu as much as I have a teenybopper hero and a dreamy heroine in me (Smiles).

What according to you are the pros and cons of being a writer?
It gives you a high that a thought you have penned down actually comes to life on air. The thought of developing a character, seeing it grow, seeing it become popular is a high. It's like when you all go gaga about the characters of say a Miley Jab, a writer feels proud because he has contributed to it. Like a parent cheering his kid on the annual day, 'wo wali feeling aati hai'. I haven't faced any cons so far.

Which is the one show you loved to write? Why?
All shows have helped me grow but I would say Santaan, because of two reasons. It was my first show and it was a show any child and parent could relate to. Kartik, played by Sudeep Sahir was a lot like me and how I am with my parents. I come from a middle class family myself and I've seen my parents struggle to see me happy. So there used to be times when I would get emotional writing a scene.

As a writer will you aim to get recognized for the TRP your show is getting, or will you choose to get critical acclaim?
I aim to do honest and hard work with good teams. The success of a show depends on team work and not an individual.

After writing shows like MJHT and LNMJ, you are presently writing for Saathiya Saath Nibhana which is a typical saas bahu drama. How did you make this transition?
Saathiya is not a typical saas bahu drama. For starters, I think it is gutsy for a channel that had a saas bahu show as its flagship show once to reinvent the formula and again make another hit show. As for my transition, like I said, I started writing with a drama (Santaan) and a fairy tale romance (Raja ki Ayegi) and then I did youth shows for sometime. I was itching to do a drama again and gladly SNS happened.

What were the changes you had to make in your writing style to suit the saas bahu genre?
Like I said, it was about doing a show with a saas and a bahu, but with a difference. What makes it different is that the drama has an element of fun attached, and I and my co-writer Jyoti Tandon keep it alive on the screenplay level. Even the scheming doesn't really involve something you wouldn't be able to relate to. Pressure cooker phatega ki nahi, ghee aur tel ki chori kaise pakdi jayegi- it has drama, but an essence of fun and thrill to it.

Saathiya is raking very high TRPs and also is the #1 show. Did you expect this huge success and popularity?
Honestly, I didn't expect it to be SO big. It's the team effort- the channel, the production house, the creative team and the synchronization within. I think once a show shows potential of being a hit, the team gets positively motivated. With the show, at every stage, it goes one notch up. When I see the telecast myself I am astonished- its like- is it the same scene that we wrote? It's awesome!

Which part of the country do you think gets you the maximum viewership for Saathiya?
That's best answered by the channel as they get detailed reports.

Many in the industry feel there is no novelty in Saathiya, and are today amazed that the show can get so big. How do you silence such people?
Hahaha! You make me sound like I'm a bureaucrat to silence them. See, a show needs to have a novelty factor. If its not there and if it's just the same, then the audience wont lap it up. Take Pavitra Rishta, Geet Hui Sabse Parayi, Baat Hamari Pakki Hai, Uttaran. Somewhere, all are about love stories with elements of drama, but its how differently they are told that makes them the top show on the channel. At the end of the day, the trick lies in telling the same story differently.

There was a time when makers would only want their show to be slotted at the prime time. This trend has changed today, and your show Saathiya is leading the early evening slots. What do you think of this change in trend? What is the reason for this change?
The audience wants entertainment, when they are with the family. With pre-prime time, we want to entertain them during their evening tea time sessions as they are chopping vegetables for dinner time. I think it's a welcome trend. The channel makes numbers, the industry gets employed, and viewer gets entertained. Good for all, isn't it?

You have been associated with Rashmi Sharma's shows from the days of Raja Ki Ayegi Baraat? How is it working with her?
Rashmi and I go a long way back when we worked on Piya ka Ghar when she was a Creative Head and I was in the channel. So, it's been around 5 years now. She is very passionate about her work and has a go-getter attitude. At a recent party thrown for the success of the show, she told me that I shouldn't feel like a guest, but more like a host. That was sweet.

Your next big association is with Shakuntalam Telefilms where you have written shows like Santaan, Love Ne Milla Di Jodi. How is it to work with them?
Shakuntalam is like my home. Aptly I did a show called Santaan. They are such nice people to work with that I don't even ask what the show is about. I know I have to work with them. Shyam ji and Neelima are genuinely nice people and it's not just me, anyone who has worked with them once, wants to work again. With an upcoming show, I would be completing a hat trick with them and it feels great.

What are your future plans? What are you working on?
A show for Star Plus with Shakuntalam Telefilms, and Saathiya is what I have on my platter right now. Miley Jab has just gotten over so I'm in talks for some new shows.
Your journey as writer of MJHT is over. But the fans want more of the show.

What is your take on it? Do you think a Season 3 is a possibility?
Miley Jab has been a very successful milestone for me. It was a well received show with a superb team of cast and crew. All good things come to an end. Now, if there is a season 3, its only up to the channel and producers to take a call.

What is the different kind of genre that you would want to experiment in future?
I would like to write an urban comedy.

Television today is different from what it was few years back. What are the changes you see as a writer?
It keeps evolving and reinventing. What is interesting is that the top shows today are different from each other and are yet successful. There is a Sasural Genda Phool which is just as popular as a Pratigya. For an Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo, there is a Ye Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, and both become hits. You never know what can click with the audience.

Which is your favorite show on TV today and why?
These days I'm glued to Star World afternoons. How I met your mother, Friends, Modern family back to back. I am looking forward to Jhalak Dikhlaja. I am a big Madhuri Dixit fan.

How is Gautam Hegde as a person?

I feel like it's a slam book now! Hahaha! I am a God loving middle class boy who feels nothing can beat the pav bhaji that his mother makes. I love my friends and I like to entertain and being entertained.

Is there anyone who inspires you to write different? Where do you get your inspiration from?
Observing people. There is so much drama around you. You attend one wedding and you come back home with so many ideas! I like overhearing conversations at public places, social functions, coffee houses. Whoever calls it bad manners can take a long walk! (laughs)

Do you think the TRP system needs a bit of change, now that we have got into the internet age?
Interesting question!. But lets face it, those who can access and surf internet are not a majority of TV viewing junta. We are still a country where people have one TV homes and probably no computer, forget alone internet.

As a writer, have you experienced a rough phase in your career? How did you overcome it?
Nahi hua hai.

What is the message that you would pass on to youngsters who want to make writing as their profession?
Make it a profession, only if it's a passion.

Who is your best friend/friends in the industry?
With every phase, every show, every experience, you meet people. Some colleagues become friends, some friends become best friends. I value my team from my ZEE days the most. Today they are spread out but they still treat me the same and that touches me the most.

We see a lot many writers turning into Producers today. Would you want to take that giant stride ahead?

Arey bhai, there are so many stories to tell. If all writers turn producers, they will need writers na! (Smiles)

Where would you want to see yourself in say, the next five years?
I don't know where I see myself five hours from now. But whatever I make of myself, I hope I live a content and happy life and stay humble to my craft.
Rashi is depressed as her hard work was not appreciated by the family members.



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