Con­tro­ver­sial run ends for Pehredaar

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The TV show Pehredaar Piya Ki has been pulled off the air by its chan­nel, and the cast and the crew are in shock. The se­rial had been get­ting end­less flak for show­ing a ‘love story’ be­tween a boy aged about nine and a woman twice his age — a pe­ti­tion against it reached In­for­ma­tion & Broad­cast­ing Min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani, who in turn re­ferred it to the Broad­cast­ing Con­tent Com­plaints Coun­cil.

The show’s demise has come just when it was pre­par­ing for a 12-year leap in the sto­ry­line. Asked to com­ment, the fe­male lead, Te­jasswi Prakash, says, “I am told not to talk about it.” Pro­ducer Sumeet Mit­tal says, “Our show was shifted from 8.30pm to [the] 10.30pm slot, which didn’t work for us, as we felt it was too late for a fam­ily drama. We then took a call to wrap up the show in­stead and come back with some­thing bet­ter.”

A state­ment from Sony says: “Ef­fec­tive 28th Au­gust 2017, we are pulling off... Pehredaar Piye Ki, from tele­vi­sion. While we un­der­stand that the de­ci­sion to end this se­rial will be dis­ap­point­ing to those whose cre­ative en­er­gies are vested in it, namely, its crew and cast, we (as a chan­nel) are con­vinced that we will be bet­ter served by fo­cus­ing in­stead on de­vel­op­ing viewer in­ter­est in our up­com­ing, new shows.”

Cast mem­ber Suyyash Rai is “shocked”. He says, “I was wait­ing to re-en­ter the show af­ter the leap. Te­jasswi is a close friend. I wanted to be a sup­port to her.”

I wanted the show to do well. So many peo­ple, including tech­ni­cians, will lose their jobs when [it] shuts SUYYASH RAI, AC­TOR

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