Love with a twist

Romance is in the air on the small screen with shows projecting different shades of love, twists and turns and unusual pairing. SANGEETA YADAV speaks to the scriptwriters about the trend

From contract marriages to love triangles to overweight people falling in love, to mature love stories and even misfits romancing, viewers are in for a treat with TV going all out to showcase shades of love, of course with twists and turns.

Some love stories look picture perfect like that of Parth (Siddharth Shukla) and Shorvori (Rashmi Desai) of Dil Se Dil Tak. Truly in love with each other, the Parth-Shorvori love story takes a U-turn when Shorvori has a miscarriage and can’t have children any more. The couple decides to go in for surrogacy and in walks Teni, a bubbly Gujarati girl.

“Since surrogacy is a sensitive subject, weaving romance around it was difficult. Surrogacy has been presented in a different light in films. We wanted to break the pattern by showing how a surrogate mother ultimately develops a bond of friendship with the family,” Shashi Mittal, co-producer of Dil Se Dil Tak and Tu Sooraj Main Saanjh Piyaji, tells you.

Love doesn’t see age difference and that is what Mukhi (Eijaz Khan) and Aru, an ambitious Ahmedabad girl in Yeh Moh Moh Ke Dhaage story all about. There is love by chance between misfits — Kanak Sooraj Rathi (Rhea Sharma) and Uma Shankar (Avinesh Rekhi) of Tu Sooraj, Main Saanjh Piyaji. A sequel to Diya Aur Baati Hum, the story takes a 20-year leap and is an out an out love story with lots of twists.

“The treatment of each romantic show depends on what my characters are like. Sooraj  and Uma are poles apart. Sooraj is very traditional who believes in life’s philosophy and karma; Uma is today’s girl. To make them fall in love with each other is a challenge. It will have old school romance where you steal some romantic moments since one is living in a joint family. There is charm in romancing someone by stealing some moments away from prying eyes,” Mittal says adding that her next show Pehredaar Piya  Ki is also going to be a love story.

Then there are love stories like that of Piyush (Meherzan Mazda) and Dipika (Anjali Anand) from Ekta Kapoor’s Dhhai Kilo Prem. Both happen to be overweight but have different ideologies.

Another story that has become the talk of the town is Zindagi Ki Mehak which has some sizzling moments. Scriptwriter and producer Saurabh Tewari, who previously created magic in Rangrasiya, likes to give an interesting backdrop to his stories and weave in a love track around the protagonist.

“We started the show with talking about a girl whose biggest strength is cooking. To get the correct story progression, it is very important to incorporate the love angle because the target audience of 16 to 24 gets attracted towards the romance part of the show and the family sticks to the story. To make a show hit, it’s important to get the amalgamation these two things,” Tewari explains.

Some love stories are like fairytales like that of Prince Madhav (Keith Sequeria) who falls for superstar Kamini (Sanjeeda Sheikh) in Love Ka Hai Intezaar. Another romance-drama, Aisi Deewangi, will see Pranav Misshra and Jyoti Sharma in lead.

One may feel that there is too much love in the air but makers say that the viewers can find a love story that they like since there is a mixed bag of everything. “Romance always existed only the storytelling kept changing from Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi, Laagi Tujhse Lagan to Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, Bade Ache Lagte Hain, Naagin, etc. Every six month, there is a new romantic couple on the screen,” Tewari says. Sustaining the romance for a longer run comes as a big challenge. “Love stories work instantly but they fizzle out after a certain point. Everything looks repetitive and monotonous after a time,” Tewari says.

Mittal believes in keeping her love stories short and sweet. “There is an adage that I follow in my shows — zindagi lambi nahi, khoobsurat honi chaiye. I like to keep my love stories short and sweet. It should touch people’s heart. I never think that my show will go on for two to five years. Every love story can’t be stretched forever. What matters is it should have a good run,” Mittal says.

Agrees Tewari. “Madhubala ran for 500 episodes. Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon Season 1 ran for 499 episodes. Whoever is making a love story, it will have a limited run. But love stories that have a family drama woven into them can go on for years. For instance Qubool Hai,” Tewari explains.

But here, it is important to get the correct balance. If the romance quotient becomes too high and the family drama takes a back seat, the show will only get the younger audience. “Don’t make it so edgy that the family can’t sit together and watch it. We shoot keeping in mind all the parameters. We make sure that the actors are comfortable to emote too otherwise it would not matter what we script as it will never leave any impact,” Tewari says.

(The article also got published in Pioneer Newspaper –


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