Almost everything in reel and real life has a target in mind. A particular milestone that reminds one of all those sacrifices, with perseverance needed to achieve certain goals. In cinematic terms, such milestones are measured by the number of days a movie runs in theatres. The more number of days it runs, the greater is its success, and returns. Be it, 50 days or 100 days or more, such popular films are the real blockbuster hits. These days, to ‘call’ it a success, the numbers have decreased to even seven days! This trend has caught up among teleserials as well, who are celebrating milestones, with great vigour, Bengaluru Chronicle reports on the trend.
“If the number of days a movie runs in theatres reflects its success, the number of episodes of a small screen venture is a good gauge of its success. It is not just limited to teleserials as even reality shows and other programmes thrive to cross such milestones. As always, it is closely connected with television rating points. The higher the TRPs, the chances of ‘dragging’ the episodes are more, in an attempt to reach the top slot. Many tele-ventures have come to a sudden halt, for the lack of viewership. In such a highly competitive atmosphere, sustaining viewership and keeping the audience hooked on is the key,” says Santhosh, a tele-serial director.
Kallesh, a publicist for several TV shows feels that small screen celebrations are at par with movies as the gap between movies and TV is shortening. “Gone are the days when movies were considered the only mode of entertainment. Now, switch on the TV, and endless hours of multiple entertainment bombards one at the click of a button,” he says. He also feels that getting the crew together for such celebrations bonds the entire team and gives them a feeling of satisfaction and recognition. Bigger production houses make it even pertinent by planning special sequences, including parties and more.
Most tele-actors express that the making process of a serial or any other shows that run for several episodes is challenging as it constantly involves around-the-clock shoots with little or no breaks. The entire team become one big unit or family and any achievement brings the family together, and the most important member of the family, the audience. So, the next time you come across a TV venture marking a 50 or 100 episode mark, it is you the audience who are responsible for it. There are even records of the longest running shows that have crossed 1.000 episodes, and are still running for years. A celebration for sure, don’t you think?