What happened after Karan Singh Grover, Barun Sobti, Pratyusha Banerjee, Mohnish Behl left the shows that made them famous?

Tue, January 14, 2014 1:39pm UTC by 29 Comments
What happened after Karan Singh Grover, Barun Sobti, Pratyusha Banerjee, Mohnish Behl left the shows that made them famous?

Actors quit a television show mainly for two reasons – a better opportunity or simply because they have issues with the production house involved. But what happens next?

Sometimes TV serials go on for seven years and sometimes they last only for seven months, but once the audience begins to watch a show, they tend to become fans of the actors who play their favourite roles and the characters themselves. A daily soap requires television actors to eat, sleep and live the show and the roles they play for up to 18 hours a day. Hence it is very important for them to love their work and the people they work with.

Very often, stars leave shows that have made them household names ‘coz of creative differences with the production house involved. Some actors like Barun Sobti, Rajeev Khandelwal and Prachi Desai – to name a few – are lured by the big screen, looking to become the next Salman Khan or Ranbir Kapoor in Bollywood. And those like Karan Singh Grover and Smriti Irani may have found new openings in production while Mohnish Behl and Pratyusha Banerjee reportedly just got bored of playing their characters for so long.

But what happens when the audience’s favourite actors decide to leave a show midway through a story sequence? The daily soap and the production house ultimately face the wrath of the audience. The serial could suffer and even come to a crashing and unexpected halt. Or, in some cases, a new actor is hired and does more than justice to the role. Consider these TV shows that suffered huge losses when their main leads quit…

Balika Vadhu – Anandi – Pratyusha Banerjee

Pratyusha Banerjee played the adult version of Anandi in Colors’ popular show Balika Vadhu. The actor had awesome chemistry with both Shashank Vyas and Siddharth Shukla, and people instantly took to her simplicity and cute face. However, it was a whole different ball game off camera. If rumours are anything to go by, Pratyusha repeatedly made excuses to bunk work, which irked the producers; eventually the actor decided to quit. The role was then taken up by Toral Rasputra, who is struggling for acceptance a year later.

FIR – Chandramukhi Chautala – Kavita Kaushik

Kavita Kaushik was accepted with arms wide open for her role in FIR as Chandramukhi Chautala, the Haryanvi cop. But eventually the actor got bored and expressed her desire to do other roles. The makers then offered her Tota Weds Maina on the same channel. Kavita initially tried to do justice to both shows, but as the stress increased, she requested an exit from one. The production house changed the scripts and introduced Chitrashi Rawat in FIR in a similar character, which resulted in TRPs of both shows dwindling rapidly and the makers were forced to pull the plug on Tota Weds Maina. They rehired Kavita in FIR, which has regained its numbers to a great extent since then.

Kuch Toh Log Kahenge – Dr Ashutosh – Mohnish Behl

Inspired by the Pakistani show Dhoop Kinare, Rajan Shahi came up with the concept of Kuch Toh Log Kahenge – the story of a younger woman falling for an older man. The story worked well and seemed authentic as long as Mohnish Behl played the older man. When the actor decided to quit the show ‘coz he was no longer comfortable doing it, the makers roped in Sharad Kelkar to take over. Fans of Mr Behl and Dhoop Kinare were miffed with the change and vowed never to watch the show again. The numbers dropped initially, but later picked up again.

What happened after Smriti Irani, Rajeev Khandelwal left the shows that made them famous?

Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon – Arnav Singh Raizada – Barun Sobti

Barun Sobti received the adulation of his fans worldwide for his role as Arnav Singh Raizada. But when the actor got the opportunity to enter Bollywood, he approached Gul Khan to allow him to make an exit. The makers let the actor go with the hope of casting an equally competent Viraf Patel in the role. Unfortunately, they had to face the wrath of the audience when they announced the replacement. The makers then decided against replacing the actor and simply ended the show.

Qubool Hai – Asad Ahmed Khan – Karan Singh Grover

The latest on the list of shows facing the consequences of an early exit is Gul Khan’s Qubool Hai. Karan Singh Grover completed his one-year contract with Four Lions Films and decided to quit. However, this did not go down well the channel and what followed was a blame game where the channel accused Karan of being unprofessional and Karan called the channel ‘ill-informed’. The makers replaced the actor on January 10 with Raqesh Vashisth, but not before facing the wrath of KSG’s fans. The verdict is awaited on whether the show will survive this crisis and if Raqesh will be accepted with as much enthusiasm.Subscribe to me on YouTube

  • Zara

    Have stopped watching QH ever since the news of Karan’s exit from the show broke out. I have seen the promo out with the new face, but it did not make me come back to QH, am still hoping that the channel let go of their ego and settle differences with Karan for the sake of their viewers and bring him back to the show. Until then, no QH for me, it is like watching a different show altogether with a new face as Asad.

  • swapno

    Qubool hai is dead for me. I am not watching this show after Karan’s exit. Raquesh could not lure me to get back to the show. He sucks as Asad. I am still hoping that the channel could fix this with KSG. otherwise it will be doomed for sure..

  • KSGSmitten

    We have stopped watching the show and the channel altogether! The replacement is doing a poor job as Asad. Only Karan is acceptable!
    We still demand his comeback!

  • Vafia

    Mellow drama of replacing the main lead of the show has set a trend on small screen. But one thing has a link n a common factor, the show KTLK n Qubool hai main lead KSG n MB are replaced by SHARAD Kelkar n Rakesh vashist who were the main lead of the show Saatphere. What a coincidence.

  • mooumi

    no one can replace ksg, asad’s character made for only Karen. am still pray and hope that the channel leave their big fat so called ego and bring Karen back in qh for us. pls don’t ruin this awesome show. no replacement 4 asad .

  • aseela sha

    uss rat ko kabhi bhi accept nahi karaenge hum.here channel is at complete fault.ksg ne teek hi kaha the channel is ill mannnered to him &us.they didnt reply 4 our comments,trends phone calls etc.they betrayed karan.raqesh ko asad ke role pe lake
    bahut bada foul kiya he channel ne.he is a big flpoe.that guy cant even act properly.gymnastics aur glycerine se kaam nahi chalega.the channel is a big big flope.if u can pls bring ksg back to qh.other wise soon qh willl off air.raqesh ne asad ko pura ka pura bigad diya.we hate u zee

  • mooumi

    no ksg no qh , why this zoo channel unable to understand dis Cristal clear fact.

  • Ahuti

    I stop watching qh since the news comes ksg exit and i watch the show because of karan now qh is end for me but i still hoping zeetv apology to karan and bring him back with out ksg qh is no more for me

  • aseela sha

    stop ur ego zee.dont underestimate viewers.bring ksg back asp.stop ignore our demands.we curse for this.give justice to karan.will will fought till our victory.how many days u ignore us.we will never leave our fight until we get karan back.bring him back soon.remove the duplicate.we stop watching zee tv.we wont watch until u bring ksg back in qh.shame on u zee

  • Guest

    I haven’t watch QH since Karan left and I cannot accept anyone else playing his character. The replacement isn’t good enough to play the role of Asad Ahmed Khan. See the name itself speaks volume just like KSG. the show is in the ruins anyway. It would be better if they can settle their differences(channel) and get him back on the show. Raquesh can never be AAK. He doesn’t have the caliber to pull it through

  • Guest

    I haven’t watch QH since Karan left and I cannot accept anyone else playing his character. The replacement isn’t good enough to play the role of Asad Ahmed Khan. See the name itself speaks volume just like KSG. The show is in the ruins anyway. It would be better if they can settle their differences(channel) and get him back on the show. Raquesh can never be AAK. He doesn’t have the caliber to pull it through.

  • Samantha Kar

    I am happy that Karan left the show. aren’t u ppl? The show was too below standard 4 KSG to continue. Even the romance didn’t have any soul. Many fans including me kept commenting on QH videos asking Karan to quit the show. The comments said ‘how cd u act in such a low-grade show?’. Finally he quit. U can’t tolerate something 4 long. Zee shud be happy he tolerated all the bullshit that ws shown abt his character n waited till his contract gt ovr.

  • aysha

    QUBOOL HAI is now known as the most BIGGEST JOKE SERIAL EVER of 2014 as they took raqesh vashisht to replace ASAD AHMED KHAN
    NO ONE CAN REPLACE KARAN SINGH GROVER WE ONLY WANT TO SEE THIS ASAD AHMED KHAN………….. and this MR 6 PACK!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • aysha

    WE FANS STILL DEMAND AND REQUEST YOU TO BRING BACK KARAN SINGH GROVER!!

  • soniA

    I left this show from 24 December

  • Sana

    rakesh is trying to copy KSG,,, instead he should act in his own way,,, However,, no one can replace KSG’s work.. stopped watching QH

  • asyafan

    oh QH ended for us tht day when they removed KSG, we have even unsubscribed to zee

  • Salman Karisma FC

    Qubool Hai did not make KSG popular, DMG did, also he left because he got bored of the stupid show, not because he wants to open up his own PH

  • anoo desai

    excuse me. ksg was always popular before qubool hai.he brought trps to the show to begin with. the channel used him to sell the show and what they did afterwards is there for everybody to see. most of the ksg fans are very clear. no ksg- no qubool hai.

  • Samantha Kar

    Get your facts right Karan was a bigger star b4 acting in QH. The show was reducing him to a meagre actor like male leads of Ekta Kapoor shows. Thats why he left.

  • Fareesh Zaman

    Asad is a character that is unbelievable cherished among fans of all ages.And KSG made Asad into this.We wont accept any replacement..we want our KSG back as Asad.no offence,but this replacement is a far cry from being our Asad,he just is not made for it.We want KSG back and thats final!

  • Sabina

    This show can run for a lng time if only channel put their ego aside and give us Karan Singh Grover back!! But if theie EGO is high then not only this show but Zee will soon come to halt and will be next SONY

  • Srashti Kulshrestha

    qh is no fun to watch without ksg….he was the soul of the show….and without him there is no asad….no asya which we craved for!!
    qh is going down the drain!!

  • DeeaMC

    I have stopped watching Qubool Hai since KSG`s exit news came out and all Zee shows for that matter. Imagine how enthusiastic I am with seeing someone else as Asad!

  • Shayeri89

    Why always the viewers have to suffer…We make a show popular and at that point the channel, the PH, the actors enjoy this popularity and earn profit in their business…but when audience request for something why at time this same group of people ignore us and behave as if we are some stupid and jobless bunch of people…where were they when they wee topping the TRP charts and were getting handful of awards in all award shows???? The way Zee tv is handling the Qubool hai fans currently is just shocking to me…such ill mannered people are sitting there in their office I am so disappointed with their behaviour as their channel tagline is “Vasudev Kutumbakam”-World is Family: Are they really behaving with the family as per their tagline…Qubool hai fans made ZEE worldwide famous and see how they are treating them now…We have loved the character ASAD so much and KSG has portrayed the character with such brilliance that it is very difficult for the fans to see a new face as Asad…and moreover the new actor Raquesh might be a good actor with all due respect to him sorry but he’s unable to do justice to the character..I watched last 2-3 episodes of his entry but sorry to say he is not Asad…I literally started laughing seeing his expressions and dialogue delivery…we are not accepting Raquesh as Asad…ASAD AHMED KHAN is one and only Karan Superstar Singh Grover an actor par excellence… we would have reacted in a similar way if Surbhi Jyoti aka Zoya would have been replaced..

  • Zoya Farookhi

    karan is the soul of QH..and if soul is missing there’s nothing left to watch..R.I.P QH!

  • vinni

    I haven’t watch QH since Karan left and I cannot accept anyone else playing his character. The replacement isn’t good enough to play the role of Asad Ahmed Khan. See the name itself speaks volume just like KSG. the show is in the ruins anyway. It would be better if they can settle their differences(channel) and get him back on the show. Raquesh can never be AAK. He doesn’t have the caliber to pull it through

  • aysha

    If we do not See KARAN SINGH GROVER BEFORE 13TH FEBRUATY 2014 THEN IM AFRAID TO SAY NOT JUST ME BUT MANY OTHER FANS ARE GOING TO SEND SOO MUCH HATE VIDEO’S THAT YOU WILL YOURSELF CLOSE DOWN THE SHOW QUBOOL HAI AND AFTER THAT IF YO CAR’T TAKE THE STRESS YOU WILL PROBABLY CLOSE DOWN THE WHOLE CHANNEL!!!!!!!!

    ALL WERE ASKING FOR IS TO SEE KARAN SINGH GROVER AS ASAD AHMED KHAN ONCE AGAIN COS WE LOVE KABHI AND ONLY KABHI

  • Tia

    Any show /serial that replaces its orginal actors even if that is the main lead, Mother or father the show is not the same. its ruins the show. Why do they do that! Stick to your actors and get commitment off them surely you have to sign some sort of contract to enter the show.
    Your reducing the audience to watch these programes.


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