After weeks of dealing with controversy and petitions, Sony Entertainment Television’s “Pehredaar Piya Ki” has been reportedly has gone off air.
Ever since the show’s promos were out everyone questioned that how low could Indian Television stoop to by showing 18 year old girl getting married to a 9 year old boy. Swaragini actress Tejesswi Prakash played the lead role of Princess shown marrying a young boy half her age with suhag raat scenes to creep audience out.
Reportedly, the decision was taken last moment by the channel due to the pressure created by I&B Minister Smriti Zubin Irani.[ecp code=”4″]
After the channel issued an official statement yesterday about discontinuing the show, producer Sumeet Mittal has spoken at length with a leading daily about the painful decision. He said, “It’s a very painful process to end the show abruptly. It surely feels bad. Taking a show off air is like suffering a miscarriage. We work hard for each of our creation, without thinking about the outcome. Whether the show works or not, we put in the same amount of hard work and passion. We didn’t want to wait for the audience to reject our show.”
Talking about the decision of suddenly discontinuing the show, he explained, “It’s wasn’t a sudden decision. We have been discussing it internally with the channel ever since the change in time slot was decided. We were sceptical about it and not convinced. We wrote the story keeping the prime time audience in mind and change in the slot would have given us no output. Hence, we decided to end the show mutually. It was a difficult call, but we had to do it.”
For the audiences who were surprised with the news, he said, “We treat audience as an asset so we don’t want to lose them. We will return with a new show and the same team very soon. In fact, we have started working on the same. The next show will have a better story. The actors will be with us till then.”
This comes as a huge shock to the cast and crew, who thought their problems were behind them as they were preparing for a time leap in the show.