Friday, 30 November 2012

Niaa Sharma upset with Iss Pyaar Ko's abrupt ending

Cute and bubblicious Niaa Sharma, who is essaying Maanvi’s role in Star Plus’Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai (Cinevistaas), is unhappy that Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon is ending abruptly.

Amongst many others, she has also been ardent fan of the show.

“How can a show like Iss Pyaar Ko… go off-air? The soap was doing very good. It always managed to gain good TRPs. I feel sad that the cast and crew was told by the channel about the project shutting down only five days back and they had to come up with an abrupt closing,” shared Niaa.

She went on to state, “Well… my good wishes to Sanaya (Irani) for she beautifully portrayed the role of Khushi.”

Niaa…we all shall miss the show!!!

Barun redefines TV stardom

It's got to be a first. Television heartthrob Barun Sobti (who had earlier done two immensely forgettable shows as lead and a cameo appearance before he struck gold with his current soapy outing) might have underestimated his importance when he put down his papers to chase Bollywood dreams, but his fans have collectively ensured that they are not going to tolerate any replacement/new track in his absence.

Amid speculations about the nature of his 'longish' break and reports of his death scene in his signature show, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? which was supposed to go on air this week that sent his fanbase into a frantic frenzy of bombarding Star Plus with phone calls/smses and emails asking him either to be retained or end the show, the broadcaster finally pulled the plug on the 18 month old show that is now expected to wrap up on its 398 thepisode to be telecast on November 30. Thanks to the volatile reactions from the audience, a significant chunk of whom are based overseas and subscribe to the channel at a high premium, for the first time a leading Hindi general entertainment channel had to issue statements citing the reasons for the abrupt end of the show and even ran a disclaimer ticker during the showtime explaining the same.

It's not the first time that a lead actor has quit a show for greener pastures or creative differences, with the production house. Amar Upadhay (Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi), Rajeev Khandelwal (Kahin Toh Hoga) , Karan Singh Grover (Dill Mill Gayye), Cezanne Khan (Kasauti Zindagi Kay), Iqbal Khan (Karam Apna Apna), Sara Khan (Sapna Babul Ka... Bidaai), Rati Pandey (Miley Jab Hum Tum), ( Mishal Raheja (Lagi Tujhse Lagan) and Sushant Singh Rajput (Pavitra Rishta) have done the same in the past, leading the producers to find new leads/introduce new tracks.

The legion of quitting stars now includes: Shivaji Satam who's quit CID, a show with which he was synonymous for 15 long years, Ankita Lokhande has quit Pavitra Rishta, but the show goes on with a time leap, Harhad Chopra and Sriti Jha, the leads of Dil Se Di Dua...Saubhagyavati Bhavo? departed from the show, making room for new characters, Pawan Shankar the lead of Kya Hua Tera Vada has also reportedly expressed his desire to quit his show, post a time leap. The two female leads of Dil Dosti Dance, Sneha Kapoor and Mukti Mohan left their show and the production house has since introduced new characters/story lines.

TV stars quitting their shows is not exactly a new occurance in the world of Hindi general entertainment channels and audiences have either switched channels or got used to the replacements/new tracks over a period of time. In some instances, the lead's departure has led to the show's dipping TRPs and dwindling viewership and eventual closure. But the deluge of fan mail/phone calls made the channel realize that it would be pointless to run a show that banked heavily on the starry charisma of Barun Sobti and his scorching screen chemistry with Sanaya Irani which might not be easily replicated. The collective power of fans has for the first time resulted in a show's abrupt end, because the male lead who is currently "holidaying in the UK" is unavailable for the last day of shoots. In fact, for the first time in years, a TV actor's meteoric rise to stardom has made a channel rethink its programming (the replacement show, Kali reportedly wasn't originally slotted for the 8 pm band and it was Sanjay Leela Bhansali's show which was expected to replace IPKKND) and make changes to accommodate fans' demands, keeping in mind that the consumer is king and needs to be kept happy.

A savvies star would automatically make the most of his successful connect to his audience and leverage his career to an advantageous slot (his fans are already demanding for a second season of IPKKND with a new production, a new show with Sanaya as a costar and even asking the channel to let him host Nach Baliye 5!) . One doesn't know whether he'll have a hugely successful career in films or not (given the track record of his small screen predecessors who've made that move, seems unlikely), but Barun might now seriously think of cutting that 'longish break' short, and make the most of his stardom, by signing up some show. In the ruthless world of showbiz, even the biggest stars fade into nothingness when they are away from public memory. And the list of TV superstars of yesterday waiting for their next big role is a pretty massive one!

Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon cast bids adieu to its fans via

Star Plus’ Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon will bid adieu to all its viewers tonight (30 November 2012).

So, we decided to chat with a few actors of this show to know their take on it…and their journey.

Said Sanaya Irani aka Khushi, “Everyone is feeling sad about it. This was the best team and I will miss it for quite some time.”

Averred Abhaas Mehta aka Shyam, “It was a very shocking decision. We all knew Barun (Sobti) was moving out but then Viraf (Patel) was roped in and the makers had a storyline in place. However, my journey in the show was great, but all good things have to come to an end.”

Karan Goddwani aka NK who was roped in for just a month and went on to become a popular character in the show is upset with this sudden decision. But, at the same time he is also thankful to the producers as he observed, “It was an exciting journey because of the wonderful audience that accepted me. I found a family in this show, people I’d always be with. It was really hard to say goodbye to everybody on the last day of our shoot. Will miss it all.”

Akshay Dogra had quit the show as he was unhappy with his character’s development. But he does not deny the fact that his role of Akash Raizada was a turning point for him. “All-in-all, it was a fulfilling experience. I have made relationships with some wonderful people who are available for me even as early as 4 am on any given day. Yes, I wasn’t happy with my character’s growth but I do not regret taking up the project,” he maintained.

Utkarsha Naik aka Manorama Mami lastly stated, “It was an awesome journey with a team that was closely knit. It was the positivity of the people on this show that made it such a big success.”

Barun Sobti remained unavailable as he is currently not in the country.

We wish the team all the success in their future endeavors!!!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

IPKKND on Eastern Eye!

IT has all the ingredients of a Bollywood love story – a handsome hero, swooning female fans and a villain threatening to get rid of the leading man, of course.

Viewers of Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon (What Can I Call This Love?), the UK’s most popular Hindi soap, have launched an international campaign against broadcaster Star Plus for allegedly “forcing out” one of the main lead actors.

Read the whole story in this week's Eastern Eye, out Friday!

Barun’s exit the reason behind show's end?

The cast of television show 'Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?' were in for a shock on Monday when they were informed that the show will go off air on November 30. They were not given any reason for this abrupt end. It had been speculated though that Barun Sobti's ( Arnav Singh Raizada) exit from the show would negatively affect the TRPs.

So, was the decision to end the show taken due to Barun's exit? Producer Rajesh Chadha says, "Absolutely. There's no other reason. Barun and Sanaya were the pillars of the show. There was no threat till Barun was a part of it. But when he requested to quit the show to pursue a career in films, we had to work around a new track. But we got a call saying that the channel had decided to end the show. They have their own reasoning and strategy and we respect that. After all, it was a love story and it would be incomplete without Barun's character."

Viraf Phiroz, who was supposed to be a new entrant, says he was very disheartened to hear that the show is going to end. "The channel was planning to reinvent the show and the makers wanted to prevent the TRPs from dipping by roping in a new character (that of Viraf's). But yes, Barun's character was quite a hit among fans and I am sure his exit must have disappointed them," says Viraf. "I had been shooting for the show for the last one and a half months, and my entry was slotted for Monday after Barun's character would die on Friday. This news came as a shock to me, but the channel knows what it's doing," Viraf adds.

Sanaya Irani, who plays Khushi in the serial, remained unavailable for comment. Describing her as a lovely co-star, Viraf says, "My heart goes out to Sanaya. I feel bad about the other stars on the set who were associated with the show." Barun, who is out of the country, sounded surprised at this sudden news. "I have no clue as I am done with shooting my part. I am out of the country and don't know anything about it," he says. 

Overnights: ‘IPKKND’ lead on Star Plus UK

‘Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon’ remained the most watched Hindi drama serial last night (26th November) on Star Plus UK, according to data obtained exclusively by BizAsia.

The popular romantic series, which comes to an end this week, had the biggest audience amongst all shows on Star Plus UK. It had an audience of 208,800 between 20:00 and 20:30 – peaking at 226,200. It was confirmed on BizAsia yesterday that ‘Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon’ will end after its lead star Barun Sobti announced his plans to leave the show.

Star Parivaar Live 2012 LG Arena Birmingham - Arnav does Gangnam Style

Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon to end two short of the 400 mark with Khushi being crowned as Mrs India

Star Plus’ very popular show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon, produced by IMRC Entertainment and 4 Lions Films wraps up this Friday (30 November 2012). And this sudden decision comes after the channel weighed the pros and cons regarding the show’s future post Barun Sobti quitting the show. And a mutual decision was taken to rather end the serial with Arnav and Khushi (Sanaya Irani) enjoying the limelight after Khushi getting crowned as Mrs. India.

Well, this is the ending that has been initiated now!! But spare a thought for the major drama that the unit shot with Barun, in order to bring to an end the character of Arnav before they introduced the new lead of the show, Viraf Phiroz Patel… The creative team had shot an extensive accident sequence with Barun and had decided to give an abrupt end to Arnav post the accident.

But we hear that the accident sequence will not find a place in the track now. Instead, the story will end on a happy note with Khushi winning the contest and Arnav seen in the background. Also, we hear that the team of Iss Pyaar plan to shoot a song sequence with their main characters to give a fitting end to the popular show that found a place in every viewer’s heart.
However, the makers have a major problem here as Barun Sobti is not in India to shoot a finale scene with them. For the uninitiated, Barun is off to UK to spend some quality time with his wife.

Another interesting aspect is that Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon will wind up at a point where it is just two short of the landmark achievement of completing 400 episodes. With Star Plus airing the special event, Nayi Soch Ki Talash Aamir Khan Ke Saath this Thursday (29 November) between 8-9 pm, it only means that Iss Pyaar will not be aired on that day. And Friday (30 November) will be the last episode (at 398).

So how has the whole journey been? Talking about the journey of making a cult show like Iss Pyaar, producer Rajesh Chadha states to, “It was a great journey, a great team effort with so much passion and positivity in each team member. Star Plus really stood by us through all the ups and downs and it was great working with the channel. At this point, I remember only the highs as we are parting on a high note, with a sense of great achievement of creating a cult show.”

On Sanaya Irani, Rajesh Chadha says, “Sanaya has been the most lovable and true professional during the show. Khushi will remain in our hearts for a long time. She did comedy, drama, emotion and above all the romantic scenes so very well; it only proves how good an actor she is.”

On Barun, Chadha avers, “Barun from day one has been very much Arnav kind, a man of few words. He is strong headed about his goals in life. I saw him as a very emotional guy from within who never wanted to get trapped into worldly stuff. A thorough professional, always stayed away from issues. He in his own sweet ways created a lively environment on the sets with other co-actors.”

In one simple statement, all we can say is that ‘RIP IPK’….We really enjoyed writing about the show, as much as the loyal fans loved seeing it and reading about it.

Confirmed: ‘IPKKND’ to end on Star Plus this week

One of Star Plus’ most loved shows ‘Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon’ will be coming to an end this week, BizAsia can confirm.

According to reliable sources, the romantic show based around the characters of Arnav and Khushi, will end this Friday (30th November).

The news will no doubt come as a huge surprise to fans who have been disheartened to hear about lead actor Barun Sobti announcing his plans to leave the show due to personal reasons. The channel and production house maintained the show was to carry on after Sobti’s exit. However all parties have realised that the show will not be able to sustain viewership without Arnav’s character due to his immense following.

Incidently, actors Sobti and Sanaya Irani who appeared at the Star Parivaar Live show at the weekend declined to comment on the show’s future at the time.

Some final scenes have already been filmed, with others expected tomorrow.

The show will end this week, with new drama ‘Kali’ starting on Monday 3rd December at 20:00.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? is coming to an end this Friday

After a highly successful journey, Star Plus’ Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? is coming to an end this Friday.

All good things come to an end and that also includes Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?. Our source informed us that the producers had decided to pull the plug on the show. We called the writer of the show Ved Raj who confirmed the news. He said despondently, "It was a great and challenging experience writing the show. I'm feeling empty and sad. The show is just ending abruptly."

It is tough for viewers to accept a replacement for Barun Sobti. Maybe that is why the producers and channel decided to take the show off air. This show had a successful run for almost a year and a half and is highly popular on too. Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? currently rates number one on the forum. Barun Sobti and Sanaya Irani rank one and two respectively on our website in popularity among TV actors. We tried calling both Barun and Sanaya Irani but their mobiles were switched off.

Reporter and Author: Pallavi Bhattacharya

IPKKND is abrupt ending on 30th November?

Shocking! Shocking! Shocking! Here comes an exclusive piece of news for all the Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon fans. Off late speculated about the show going off air sometime soon and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's debut project taking the slot.

But here's some sad news as the show starring popular jodi Sanaya Irani and Barun Sobti will end on 30th of November and will have a compulsive end. Sources informs that the makers (4 Lions Films) informed the entire cast about their decision today itself leaving them high and dry!

Accordingly, the shooting will stop in the next 2-3 days and the last episode will be aired on 30th of November, 2012.

Talking about the track, sources informs, there is no time left in hand to plan a proper ending but yes! It will be a logical ending, where Arnav's character will come to an end.

When contacted, Jayshree T stated, "I just received a call from the production team saying that the show is going off air. I don't know much as I will be shooting tomorrow.

Utakarsha Naik too confirmed, "The channel decided to pull the show off air abruptly."

Now, the audiences must be wondering about the new entry which was scheduled this week. Here is the clarification for the same. Actor Viraf Patel was finalized to essay the lead post Barun's exit from the show but the latest we hear is that the entry has been cancelled.

Confirming the same,Viraf says "Yes, I just got a call from my principals and they informed me that they have decided to pull the plug on the show. The show will go off-air on Friday and the reason behind this decision is best known to the makers of the show."
All our efforts to reach Gul Khan were futile. 

Star Plus' press release puts the final nail in the coffin; Barun Sobti all set to become history in Iss Pyaar Ko...

Whatever trickle of doubt or non-clarity sniffed the air has now vanished. Here we are mentioning about the great hullabaloo pertaining to Barun Sobti shedding the cloak of Arnav Singh Raizada in Star Plus’ Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon.

If readers scratch their memory cells a bit, they will recall that was the first news and entertainment portal which broke the news of Barun throwing in his towel. The information did create a lot of buzz and lot of relevant articles kept flowing in since then.

As days passed by, Barun’s exit became more or less certain with fans all over the world resorting to campaigns to avert the impending.

But a press release sent to media houses from the channel has rest the case.

The write up had a headline, “Barun Sobti chooses films over TV”.

And here’s the release (we are publishing it as it is)

"Fans loved him as ASR (Arnav Singh Raizada) and the news of Barun Sobti quitting the show created a wave of disappointment not just with the Indian viewers but also with global audiences. In a move that might break millions of hearts, Arnav will soon bid an adieu to his viewers from the show. "I loved playing ASR and I am very thankful to Star Plus for giving me this opportunity. I also wish to thank my fans who have appreciated my character and showered me with unconditional love. However everyone wants to explore new avenues and I plan to work on a few movie projects now. In future I might comeback to TV someday. I would like to request my fans to continue loving me the same way," says an emotional Barun. However the good news for his fans in the UK is that they will get a chance to meet him at an event being hosted by Star Plus in Birmingham.

Nachiket Pantvaidya, General Manager, Star Plus, said, "ASR is hugely popular with our viewers however Barun has decided that he wants to pursue films. As for the show, there will be some very interesting twists making the story extremely interesting."

So this is it…fans. Do you folks think Barun made a wise choice to quit Iss Pyaar Ko to make a mark in the 70mm space?

We know it is an emotional moment for many of his and the show’s fans. Use the space (comment) below to share your thoughts. But before ending, we must say that every good thing comes to an end someday and the nature of life is such that it goes on…

Waseem Sabir Talks about Actor Barun Sobti

Barun Sobti's Akhri Salaam as Arnav Singh Raizada

Barun Sobti bids adieu to Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?

Fans loved him as ASR (Arnav Singh Raizada) and the news of Barun Sobti quitting the show created a wave of disappointment not just with the Indian viewers but also with global audiences. In a move that might break millions of hearts, Arnav will soon bid an adieu to his viewers from the show. "I loved playing ASR and I am very thankful to Star Plus for giving me this opportunity. I also wish to thank my fans who have appreciated my character and showered me with unconditional love. However everyone wants to explore new avenues and I plan to work on a few movie projects now. In future I might comeback to TV someday. I would like to request my fans to continue loving me the same way," says an emotional Barun. However the good news for his fans in the UK is that they will get a chance to meet him at an event being hosted by Star Plus in Birmingham.

Nachiket Pantvaidya, General Manager, Star Plus,  said, "ASR is hugely popular with our viewers however Barun has decided that he wants to pursue films. As for the show, there will be some very interesting twists making the story extremely interesting."

Viraf Patel starts shooting for Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon!

Barun Sobti of Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon fame, where he essayed the character of Arnav Singh Raizada in the star-crossed story on TV has bid adieu to the show. Today was his last day of shoot and the actor seemed to be enjoying every bit of it.

While Barun Sobti was shooting with Khushi’s body-double for an upcoming sequence, his co star Sanaya Irani who plays Khushi Kumai Gupta Singh Raizada in the show was shooting with the new entry Viraf Patel at another location.

Viraf Phiroz Patel was last seen in Teri Meri Love Story but looks like soon the viewers will be able to see Viraf in this most popular Starplus Show.

We at TellyTadka wish Viraf all the very best for IPKKND.

(As told by Sheetal Pandya)

Edited by: Vijitha Rajan

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Barun & Sanaya won the Favorite TV On-Screen Jodi at People's Choice Awards 2012

Barun Sobti wins the Favorite TV Drama Actor at People's Choice Awards 2012

Noreen Khan's Tweets on on Star Parivaar Live 2012

Ok I'm here at LG Arena for the shows about to start! Huge crowds, I'll be speaking with stars late.

The stunning Khushi aka Saniya on stage!

Oh my goodness Barun has just arrived and the roof has been blown off by the ladies!

Haha Barun is dancing to Gangnam Style!!!

: Woot on stage!!” Haha I wasn't expecting that! Will post up pics of stars tomorrow :) 

Those of u asking, yes I did meet Barun and Sanaya and they're both lovely! Hear all the interviews and goss on my show tomorrow :) 

Raj Baddhan's Tweets on Star Parivaar Live 2012

  • I'm at the LG Arena for Star Parivaar Live - will have updates shortly with a catch up with the stars here around 9pm.
  • Ha! Khushi saying Arnav is too busy with his work & still working on stage. Kokila taking fun out of Khushi. Crowd is shouting Arnav. 
  •  Arnav has walked from the back of the stage through crowd to front on stage to join Khushi.
  • I'll be talking to the stars backstage in an hour so will verify all rumours& get concrete answers for all u Sarun lovers! 
  •  Arnav & Kokila doing Gangnam dance!
  • Pratigya is on stage giving spectators a chance to win a gift from Arnav. Contest on stage.
  • Fans expressing their love for Arnav who clearly is Star TV's most loved character.
  • Star TV pulled off a fantastic show!Very professionally handled & gave your viewers exactly what they wanted! Well done team.
  • I mentioned you () guys & he was very aware of his followers & knows it'ss because of love why fans have been angry! Hello to you all from Barun Sobti.

  • Barun Sobti has finished filming for & said never say never on return to show. Show will take a twist soon!
  •   Honestly speaking when Arnav leaves, they will experiment with show & if it doesn't work then they will axe it :( 
  • I'm sure he will come back when & if show ends. It can't end without him.
  •  Guys hope u enjoyed coverage! Sorry couldn't respond to all tweets! & me will have backstage reports on Sabras.
  •  He is gonna take a break and see what future holds. He may come back. He so vague with his answers.
  •  I will get them together on my show. I'm trying for u fans!!
  •  They have both already come on my show two weeks ago! Will have them again soon. 
  •  He knows about his crazy fans & said he loves each of them dearly no matter which country they are from. 
  • Those asking about #StarParivaarLive celebs - they going back tomorrow to India. Short stay but they have filming commitments.

Sanya Irani talks about Barun Sobti

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