BADE ACCHE LAGTE HAIN: Ram Kapoor to wed Priya’s sister?

That’s Ekta Kapoor’s plan for the pre-leap storyline. Are you excited?

You commented, you cried and you ranted against Bade Acche Lagte Hain taking a leap, but Ekta Kapoor has decided to stick to her original plan. Our li’l birdie tells us that the show’s storyline will jump forward by about five years and see both Ram Kapoor and Priya Sharma Kapoor married to other people. The hunt is on for an actor to play Priya’s new husband, but there are no such worries about Ram’s new wife. You may want to take a deep breath and fortify yourself for this…

Ram’s second wife will be…hold your breath… Priya’s sister Ayesha! Shocked? We were when we heard it, then realised we shouldn’t be. It’s an Ekta Kapoor show, after all! If dead men can turn up alive again and great-grandmothers can outlive the oldest person in the country, then the hero marrying his ex-sister-in-law is hardly extraordinary, right? Especially when he does it out of a sense of duty.

Apparently, Ram’s stepbrother Sid gets Ayesha pregnant and then breaks off his relationship with her. Ram, the softie that he is supposed to be, wants to do right by Ayesha and marries her. The logic fails us, but we’ll wait to see whether the writers can be convincing. Ram’s second marriage will last longer than his first. Post the leap, he and Ayesha will be shown parenting a toddler.

This trite twist to the storyline has disappointed us. When Ekta launched Bade Acche last year, she had promised it would be a different, “mature love story”. Viewers loved it and quickly pushed it to the top of the charts. Then she introduced her formulaic scheming mother-in-law, made her characters behave immaturely (Priya was petulant, to say the least) and ruined the essence of the show. Its ratings started to fall and all Ekta’s desperate attempts – except for the consummation scene between Ram and Priya – to revive BALH failed. The planned wedding and the leap will sadly make Bade Acche another one of those ‘typical Ekta Kapoor shows’. Haven’t we seen this happen already in Kyunki… Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii?

We can’t really blame Ekta. Ratings of Pavitra Rishta and Kya Hua Tera Vaada are falling too. She desperately needs a hit and what better way to get one than by using the same tricks that kept her flagship shows on top? We only hope Ekta doesn’t include a consummation scene between Ram and Ayesha. Ram fumbling in bed once again will be just too much. Don’t you think so?