Finite shows are slowly yet steadily making inroads into Indian TV
Are they the revolution TV viewers are waiting for? The BARC Ratings of Week 45 clearly showed us how Naagin had trounced all the daily soaps with a rating of 4.3, which is spectacular considering the new evaluation system. Prior to this, another finite series Reporters also won a lot of acclaim. Mahakumbh and Ek Hasina Thi were also appreciated. A finite series is one that has a definite story-line and runs for a given number of episodes say 100 or 150. They might be shown on TV daily from Monday to Friday or maybe on a weekend. The narrative is short and a lot crisper.
A supernatural mytho-thriller, this finite series was directed by Arvind Babbal. Gautam Rode played the role of Rudra who is unaware of his magical powers. Shot extensively across India and Poland, Mahakumbh was quite a trend-setter. People loved Gautam and child actor, Siddharth Nigam, who played the young Rudra. With a story woven around Indian mythology, espionage and revenge, it was appreciated by all.
The first Indian drama to set in a newsroom, it had one of TV's most loved heroes Rajeev Khandelwal as Kabir, a ruthless and arrogant channel editor while Kritika Kamra played Ananya, who believed in ethics in journalism. The pair's sizzling chemistry, a fabulous screenplay and tight story made it a hit with the younger crowd.
Ek Hasina Thi
Based on the American TV series, Revenge, it told the story of Durga Thakur who comes to Kolkata to take revenge from the Goenka family. Sanjeeda Sheikh was fantastic as the avenging angel while Vatsal Sheth also got kudos for his portrayal of main antagonist, Shaurya. The series bagged awards for all its main actors and makes for repeat viewing.
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