Saraswatichandra: Is the Jennifer Winget-Gautam Rode show going off air?

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s TV serial is running into more trouble every day. Now there are rumours that the show may be pulled off the air soon

Star Plus’ Saraswatichandra started with much fanfare and promise, but has been facing problems almost every day. Initially, lead actor Jennifer Winget had issues with the romantic scenes with Gautam Rode, and then we heard that she was planning to quit the daily soap.

When these rumours were laid to rest, there came the story that there were major issues between the channel and the show’s producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The serial was initially expected to draw huge numbers, but when the TRPs didn’t rise the channel raised the matter with SLB. This led to a huge lot of discomfort between the two, so much so that the channel is no longer gung-ho about promoting the show, as it was when it started.

Bhansali apparently wants to take the story forward as it is in the Gujarati novel Saraswatichandra written by Govardhanram Madhavrao Tripathi, which was his plan all along. However, since the TRP has not been great, the channel requested a change in the script. Now SLB, who usually doesn’t like any interference with his creative work, apparently objected strongly to the intrusion – or so we hear.

And there’s more. It seems that recently a few of the cast members of Saraswatichandra created a hullabaloo about not receiving due remuneration from the producers for a long time. Bhansali released the payments only after the actors made the fuss – did he not know about it before, we wonder. A spokesperson from the channel said, “It’s true that the payments were a little delayed, but everything has been taken care of now. There is no issue. The show is definitely not ending, it will continue as usual. It will move ahead as per the Gujarati novel.”

While TV is definitely nothing like the movies, it has always been a given that story lines change as per TRPs. So let’s hope SLB knows what he is doing this time – right?