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When their appeal to viewers starts flagging,all soaps resort to one of three tactics.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: February 23, 2009 3:31 am

New face,stale story

When their appeal to viewers starts flagging,all soaps resort to one of three tactics. They either kill off a main character or they take a generation leap or,as in the case of Ghar Ek Sapna,they introduce a new character. Mahesh Shetty plays the latest entry on the show,Shlok Verma who,according to sources on the show,is “a handsome rich industrialist who is in his 30s. A sadist by nature,Shlok is a bachelor. He’s an extremely powerful man who has a bitter enmity with Amarnath and his family. He is nursing an old grudge against them and plans to avenge himself”. Now where have we heard that before?

Double delight

Dance reality show Dance India Dance saw twice the excitement when superstar Salman Khan joined Mahaguru Mithun Chakravorthy on the sets. The actor met the contestants and chatted with them too. He even obliged their request to show off his newly-built up body for Veer. Sallu was quite forthcoming with praise for all the contestants,especially Noni,who was complimented for her grace. And the icing on the cake was surely the Khan performing his famous ‘towel-dance’ to his hit song Jeene Ke Hain Char Din.

We are family

ANOTHER soap strives to break out of its ‘bickering women’ mould. Unlike the devrani-jethani trend in soaps today where cat-fights between them are show runners,there’s Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki. On this show,Rani and Janaki are devrani-jethani,who are a loving pair. Even when it comes to fighting the soap’s vamps,Leelavati and Kamini,they show a united front. Off screen too,the actresses Reena Kapoor and Bhairavi Raichura have bonded as close friends. And it seems that in real life the negative characters too share positive vibes with everyone. Maybe it’s something to do with Rajshri Productions and its saccharine-sweet philosophy.

The ‘Mom’ factor

Actress Vibha Chibbar has won many accolades for her superb performance in movies like Chak De! India and Ghajini. She has portrayed a wide range of roles,from the aggressive to the demure. On Sapna Babul ka…Bidaai,she plays a mother who’s worried for her daughter’s future. But off screen,she has little to worry about. Recently,she had one of the proudest moments of her life,when she acted in a documentary film on the 26/11 attacks directed by her 14-yea- old daughter Era Chibbar,who is a Standard Nine student. But getting this role wasn’t easy for this NSD graduate; interestingly, she had to audition to get selected. Whether it’s her on screen daughter or her off screen one,this mother is always on her toes.

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