By: Arya Aiyappan
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Mihir Virani, Anuraag Basu, Sujal Garewal, Shiv Kapoor, Jai Walia, Pradham Mithal, Kavya, Mr. Bajaj, Karan Virani so goes the roll of those who made their way to our homes with their endearing ways and charming guise. Ekta Kapoor's heroes as they are popularly branded have marketed images, which have gone on to become icons. Each character typifies a particular trait and echoes certain ideals despite many shortcomings. The serials with the time leaps have advanced over a period of time, so also the characters growing with every passing age with the audience tracing their trajectory of growth.
Ekta's men, her devoted army of talented heroes has always worked hard enough to catapult the serials to the top slot with the TRPs soaring high. Ronit Roy, Cezanne Khan, Rajeev Khandelwal, Iqbal Khan, Ram Kapoor, Hiten Tejwani, Ejaz Khan and others like Shabbir Ahluwalia, Akashdeep Saigal, Yash Tonk, Manoj Bohra, etc, are some of the most sought after celebrities on the small screen. Glamorous looks, muscular bodies, stylish clothes, chocolate hero or macho image completes it all. The popularity and star status they enjoy is immense as evident from the much talked about issue of the onscreen death of the character Mihir Virani, later brought back to life on popular demand! The actors have immortalized certain characters, which have taken on a life-like stature.
In spite of this one cannot ignore that monotony does creep in at times and replacements leave distaste when an actor leaves a show and someone else steps into the role. The umpteen repetitions of roles, rehashed plot structure, untimely generation leaps when young actors look double their age and play father to actors who are either of their age or older to them. Time leaps are bound to bring problems along with them when actors do not concede to playing older roles, leave the show abruptly. This is made up for with an instant replacement or the untimely death of a character.
Nevertheless Balaji Telefilms 'K' soaps' heroes are the most sought after stars on television. Ronit Roy is the most paid actor on television and Hiten Tejwani is one dependable actor who easily brings up the TRP ratings of any serial with his charismatic screen presence. He juggles in and out of every role with ease. Shabbir Ahluwalia, Akashdeep Saigal, Ejaaz Khan, Iqbal Khan are the hot actors of the television, in fact the sexy stars. Rajeev Khandewal's exit from "Kahiin To Hoga" and Iqbal Khan's from "Karam Apna Apna" has left the audience disappointed, wherein even the replacements Gurpreet Singh and Yash Tonk have not been able to recreate the magic. In fact there are even plans of winding up the serial "Kahiin To Hoga" on a good note before the audience goes completely upset.
In the history of Indian television many serials and their characters have received much recognition, but never before has the small screen amassed such popularity to even masking its counterpart, the big screen and projecting its heroes, who are nothing less than a matinee idol.