It is with great dismay I write this piece. I come across online fans of Zee TV show Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani bashing the show for the ongoing supernatural theme. It seems that a certain section of the above angry fans are Drashti Dhami fans who feel that their favorite actor’s character is getting distorted, thereby affecting her image.
At the outset let me accept that what the fans feel is not wrong. Ek Tha Raja story did began with a different premise of Gayatri graduating to be a queen. The supernatural angle never figured in the original scheme of things. Also DD fans again correctly would not want their favourite show to go down the now normal bhoot prêt route. Saas-Bahu is giving way to chudail daayan post success of Sasural Simar, Naagin and other shows.
Having said all the above fans also need to accept that these kinds of haphazard changes are the nature of the desi Idiot Box beast. Once DD signed up to a family drama, she will have to take the rough with the smooth (which she must be very well aware of). Have we not seen story lines of much bigger shows totally change over the years to fight TRP ravages. The creative team is now resorting to similar desperate measures to save the day for Ek Tha Raja as well. Let’s face it, the show never really got the big ballast numbers with the existing story. Also if sources are to be believed, this project is an expensive property given it’s period drama genre (palaces, jewelry etc). They hope that maybe this shock will push the ratings high enough for the show to survive. Also please remember that every channel has a overall strategy in which they naturally expect all their shows to pitch in.
The counter narrative would have been for the team to accept that the show had not run and given it a decent enough ending. But in the TV real world, you resort to all kind of gimmicks before eventually pulling the plug. If the show does shut down as feared, a large number of people will be out of work. By God’s grace DD will easily get other work. But what about the daily wage earners and smaller actors?
As for DD’s image it will not get soiled, bigger stars have given bigger duds. So it will just be another blip in her long and illustrious CV.
Another way of looking at this unfortunate situation is how much justice can DD to the current track? At the end of the day, she is an actor who’s job is to emote any kind of character thrown at her however farfetched.
If she can save the day for Zee (It will have to be a team effort, actors can only do their bit), it will be a feather in her cap and she will get more juicy assignments in the future.
In closing I would just ask all the angry fans to take just take a deep breathe and try to understand what I am saying. You will not get anything by abusing anyone. It is no one’s fault. Nobody wants to be associated with a flop?