The number of entertainment shows are at an all time high with new additions on a regular basis. Sustaining the viewership and keeping the audience glued to their television amidst a huge fight for TRPs has undoubtedly raised the bar for supremacy in the world of small entertainment. While a number of new permutations and combinations are being worked out by feeding innovative programmes, the TV soaps which are the bloodline of small screen has undergone a lot of experiments. One such process is that of ‘crisscross’ (bringing together two or more soaps for special episodes) effects of two or more tele-serials in a particular channel, adding more depth to the tale. Bengaluru Chronicle reports on the amalgamation trend.
Shiva Shankar, a telse serial producer says that such an experiment was unheard of till recently when it became a regular affair for tele-serials to fuse two different stories from two different soaps during an interesting twist in the saga.
“Earlier, star actors playing the role of a guest for a surprise element was supposed to be the big change. But, mixing up different soaps has become more thrilling for the audience,” he adds.
Karthik S, who works as a technician in television industry expresses that it is the concept of kutumbha, in a particular TV channel where every programme or shows stay connected help each other promoting one another’s show. For instance, the TV soaps Kulavadhu and Lakshmi Baramma are interconnected via thrilling twists for months together in their quest to find the missing daughter of the character Gombe. The girl who was missing was being taken care by the family in Kulavadhu serial. And, finally the important characters from both serials come together for a while till the missing girl’s episode gets over.”
That apart, serials like Agnisakshi and Ashwini Nakshatra were interconnected in the past. “A lead character in one serial is related to a character in another serial.
The characters come together celebrating marriages, special occasions and sometimes even their kin from difficult situation. It is difficult to imagine, but the audience is enjoying it. All of this is possible only because of a channel which hosts these soaps and programmes. Wish this happen beyond channels someday,” says Kavya, an actress.
Few other tele-serials which saw such an integration was Manedevru and Naa Ninna Bidalare, Jo Jo Laali and Aramane amongst others....