Surbhi Jyoti in Qubool Hai, Drashti Dhami in Madhubala- Ek Ishq Ek Junoon, Ram Kapoor in Bade Acche Lagte Hain, Baa' in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Surekha Sikri in Balika Vadhu,...what do all the characters played by these actors have in common?- they never age!
With many television serials biting the dust within few months since inception, time leaps have become the need of the hour for many channels. Time leaps demand the popular characters' role ending or aging. But do our favourite serial characters actually age with time?
Take the example of the character of ‘Baa' in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, a TV serial which ran for around 10 years! ‘Baa', who was shown aged from the beginning looked pretty much the same and in fact heartier despite the 20 year time leap. To add to this, the mothers and aunties in the serials become trendier with age. Will she look the same in the sequel to the show, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi 2, too?
Pratima Kazmi playing the character of Sumitra devi or 'Naani' in the long-running series Uttaran also looks the same and in fact by the way the track goes, her brain seems getting sharper with time, with her sinister schemes still on! Take a look at Surekha Sikri aka Kalyani devi aka ‘Daadisa' from Balika Vadhu! The serial which began with a girl Anandi, getting married at a very young age has progressed and the show has even taken a time leap but Daadisa still rocks and is fit enough to help her pregnant grand-daughter-in-law to the hospital on time!
Another popular serial Bade Acche Lagte Hain began with the protagonists- Ram Kapoor aged 40+ and Priya aged 32. The show took a time leap of 5 years and another 7 year time leap showing Priya in coma. Post 12 years, Ram pretty much looked the same and Priya became more graceful with not even a strand of grey in her hair!
On the other hand, there are telly stars who didn't have to play a mother or grandmother even after a time leap! In Madhubala- Ek Ishq Ek Junoon, Drashti Dhami plays daughter to Madhubala which she played herself. Even post Madhubala's death, Drashti Dhami got to keep her young character intact though bespectacled!
In the meanwhile, the serial Qubool Hai too, features Surbhi Jyoti as the daughter, with the mother played by herself prior to the leap. Only time will reveal if Sanam and Aahil too, will be involved in a time leap, and if they will also remain untouched by aging woes!
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