After 2,000 episodes, Sasural Simar Ka to go off air: Will Indian TV really get rid of it?
It is the sixth longest running Indian television serial in India.
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The news that Colors’ Sasural Simar Ka is likely to go off air next month has been met with much cheer from Indian TV enthusiasts. Reports suggest the makers have decided to end the show on a good note rather than stretching it needlessly!
Produced by Rashmi Sharma Telefilms, the serial began its controversial journey in 2011. Many actors left the show, joined films, got married, became parents, but the show took the unending path, amusing its audience by turning the protagonist into a fly - this made way for a number of new characters, including a spooky baby. Actors Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor made guest appearances on the show as part of film promotions. Actor Pratyusha Banerjee, who died under mysterious circumstances in 2016, played a witch on the show.
No one knows what the genre is
The serial, as the name suggests, started as a family drama about two sisters who marry in the same family. But soon, it left the genre of saas-bahu and introduced supernatural characters in various forms. From time to time there came ghosts, witches, demons, and there was a shape-shifting serpent too. At one point of time, it was trying to centre on the theme of women empowerment too, but received flak for failing miserably.
It received a lot of flak on social media.
Story (if there was) went haywire
With a timeline spanned across seven years, Sasural Simar Ka lost its direction and gradually forgot Simar and her sister. Meanwhile, Dipika Kakar, the actor playing Simar, left the show and Keerti Gaekwad Kelkar took on the role. Then there was a leap. Now, the show is busy with Hema, Ayush, Sameer, Avni, Rahul etc.
Sixth-longest running Indian television series
With more than 2,000 episodes, Sasural Simar ka is the sixth longest running Indian television serial in India. Marathi serial Char Divas Sasuche tops the chart with more than 3,000 episodes. Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, Savdhaan India, Balika Vadhu, Saath Nibhaana Saathiya are ahead of SSK.
Every year it’s rumoured to go off the air
This is not the first time the soap is said to be going off air. In 2016 the end seemed imminent, but it somehow reincarnated. The timing of the show also changed as it fell from the grace owing to its poor show on the TRP chart. But there was no dearth of innovation. Last year, too, it was rumoured to end, but managed to get an extension.
“Sasural Simar Ka to finally go off air" pic.twitter.com/ploouxilv1— leen✨ (@nairan_infinity) February 15, 2018
I thought my grand kids will also get to watch Sasural Simar ka promos😂 https://t.co/R2MN9ptWmw— Kruti💥💥💥💥💥 (@RealKruti101) February 13, 2018
When mom is watching "Sasural simar ka" and you change the channel" pic.twitter.com/dvEV0JqV5i— Zakir khan (@Zakir02432753) February 19, 2018
It even tried to copy from GoT!
On Quora, there were discussion threads on SSK like “Can someone file a PIL to take Sasural Simar Ka off the tv?”
The serial, at one point of time, became a source of memes and jokes for all its spookiness and then people forgot about it. But then again it came back with an alleged copy from Game of Throne’s Hall of Faces.
Is this the end of a phenomenally twisted saga, or will the makers put the audience through more experiments?