The buzz is that Basera, NDTV Imagine’s show on changing family relationships focusing on five families hasn’t been well-accepted by the audience and so the channel might pull it off. According to people in the know, the channel is not happy with the way Sagar Arts is telling the story. Imagine further feels that the above production house while very good with mytho- fantasy ( Ramayan ,Vikram Betal) seems unable to deliver on the family drama space. Producer Prem Sagar when contacted says, “Average TRP is 1. Tuesday’s rating was 1.1 against Bandini which was 1.2 average. Basera is an eye opener for every family in India with regards to today’s generation and the public will decide if the show has to go off air. The numbers are coming good in comparison to other NDTV shows.” If the show does end it will indicate that something really has gone wrong, for Basera has been on air only since August this year.
Pallavi Subhash who essays the protagonist Ram Kapoor’s wife claims to have no knowledge of her show going off air. “All I know is that we have a good story and the ratings are not bad,” she says.
Priya Bhatija who has not been seen in the show for some time is unhappy with the fact that her blocked dates are not being used. “I have been given a narration of how my character Nandini will make a comeback, but in TV you never know how things materialize in the face of TRP and track pressures. I don’t know how Basera will pan out in the near term,” she says. Priya further adds, ” I will not be surprised if the show does end.”
The source justifies the possible axing of Basera on the grounds that the channel has a number of new shows in the pipeline. The first would be “Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka.” However our khabru refuses to speculate on whether this reality show on past life would take Basera’s place for the channel is yet to decide on making it a weekly or daily.
All attempts to contact the elusive Ram Kapoor and the channel failed to elicit any response.
Reporter and Author: Anil Merani