Balika Vadhu to take a 15-year leap after two original writers and director quit; the entire cast save one will apparently be killed off
Amid rumours of 'Balika Vadhu', one of the longest running daily soaps, going off air, TV industry insiders tell us that the show will take a time leap with a romantic storyline set to replace the original plot — trials and tribulations of a child bride. In the process, the entire cast will apparently be killed off.
A still from 'Balika Vadhu'
A source says, "Akhiraj (Sunil Singh), in a fit of rage, starts gunning down the whole village and the central charcaters, including Anandi (Toral Rasputra) and Dadisa (Surekha Sikri) will be shot dead. Jagya (Shakti Anand) will call the cops who will eventually gun down Akhiraj. The show will take a 15-year leap post which they will show Nimboli (Anandi's daughter) growing up."
When we contacted Purnendu Shekhar, one of the original writers of 'Balika Vadhu', he said he has quit the show. "I parted ways with the channel over creative differences. I had written the script till the time leap, but this is definitely not what I wrote for them. Both Gajra Kottary (co-writer) and I have left the show, and I don't know who the new writers are."
Kottary says, "Yes, it was a difference of opinion with the channel and we don't wish to elaborate on it." Apparently, even director Sidharth Sengupta has left the show.
The source adds, "It was a change in the core concept that made the writers and director quit. Balika Vadhu has followed a certain pattern for seven years, and if that core is changed, then it might as well be a different show."
The makers have now signed Avinash Sachdeva (of Qubool Hai fame) as the new lead and the hunt for a young Nimboli is on. "As far as I know, they are now planning to narrate a mature love story in the show. However, I have only had a character discussion with the team so far," says Avinash.
Channel authorities refused to comment on the story.