Balika Vadhu going off air from July 31

New Delhi : Balika Vadhu, one of the longest running Television serial is finally coming to an end after being aired for eight years. Launched on July 21, 2008, the show entered its name in the Limca Book Of Records for the highest number of episodes. The serial that dealt with social issues like child marriage, widow remarriage, adult education and female foeticide and underwent several twists and turns, will breathe its last on July 31. There were multiple leaps and replacements - lead actors - Pratyusha Banerjee, Toral Rasputra, Shashank Vyas and Siddharth Shukla quit the show. Currently, Mahii Vij and Ruslaan Mumtaz are playing the lead roles. It started off as the story of a Rajasthani child bride, Anandi (played by Avika Gor), and her husband, Jagya (Avinash Mukherjee), and entered its second season this April with the narrative focus shifting from Anandi to her daughter, Nandini (Mahhi Vij), and her love interest Krish (Ruslaan Mumtaz). Incidentally, the cast wasn't apprised of the decision and the abrupt end has come as a shock. Mahii who made her comeback to fiction TV after three years is highly disappointed that the show is ending.

"It's only two-and-a-half months since I started doing the show and feel the end is too soon. They should have given it more time. I had rejected a lot of shows for this and to know that it's suddenly going off air is disappointing. I think the change of time slot (it shifted from 2000 hrs to 1600 hrs) worked against it. Plus, it had competition from IPL, which affected the ratings," she says. Ruslaan,the main cast actor said, "people did not accept the new Balika Vadhu. It was too modern for them. If the channel had launched it as a brand new show - a love story about doctors, it would have been easily accepted, but here it worked against it," he says.

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