Star Plus’s digital juggernaut ‘Shaurya Aur Anokhi Ki Kahani’ has been under the scanner recently with certain news portals claiming that the show is going off-air later this month. Whilst an official confirmation from the channel is awaited, this article will give a few reasons why Shaurya Aur Anokhi Ki Kahani should not go off-air and instead be given an extension with a slot change.
#1 – Realism intertwined with social issues
Shaurya Aur Anokhi Ki Kahani talks about real-life issues, intertwined with the discussion of social issues. The show discusses gender equality, women’s rights, women empowerment, educational rights for women and so much more. This is only the surface of the many nuanced conflicts and issues the show tackles all whilst taking place in a far tangible and real narrative context in comparison to other Hindi Serials. In this manner, Shaurya Aur Anokhi Ki Kahani proves to be a didactic entertainer, aiming to not only entertain its viewers but claiming a social responsibility and for that, the writers and creative team must be given their due. Anokhi’s character alongside the many other women and even male characters demonstrate the generational conflicts surrounding issues related to women’s freedom. For that matter, even a character like Shaurya who was rather fixed in his misogynistic mindset has evolved throughout 150+ episodes demonstrating that change is a constant. Thus, ending Shaurya Aur Anokhi Ki Kahani does not align with the channel’s brand philosophy of ‘Rishta Wahi Baat Nayi’ and would certainly question the channels brand philosophy.
#2 – The value of dreams and living life on one’s terms and conditions
Viewers of Shaurya Aur Anokhi Ki Kahani will be aware that the show teaches us the value of dreams. Anokhi’s dream of pursuing her further education and a clear goal of her career plans is inspiring and fundamental for the growth of India’s current youth. Anokhi’s character is reflective of the show’s aim to teach that we must take control of our life if we ever want to progress and succeed. Similarly, Shaurya’s character is a breath of fresh air as he supports Anokhi in her educational journey emphasising the value of her dreams and aspirations. Considering the time we are in with an ongoing health crisis, this show is fundamental because one’s dreams and aspirations are crucial for the eventual progression of society.
#3 – Character Arcs & Narrative Integrity
The serial which is still in its early stages has not yet explored the romantic arc of its lead characters. Both Shaurya and Anokhi’s arcs are incomplete and therefore ending the show at a stage where it has not reached a logical conclusion reinforces Star Plus’s continuous lack of narrative integrity. This poses major issues within the industry. As pioneers of fictional content, Star Plus’s move to end Shaurya Aur Anokhi Ki Kahani becomes a model for other channels to end shows without any consideration for the narrative (ironic given that the content is the consumable product that brings in revenues.)
#4 – Performances and technical execution
It goes without saying that the performances and technical execution of Shaurya Aur Anokhi Ki Kahani are one of the best in recent times considering the budget cuts and multiple restrictions of the pandemic. From the direction, styling, art direction, cinematography, lighting and so much more, the show is truly a gamechanger in the current GEC space. Even in such bleak and constraining times, the performances of the entire cast are solid and nuanced where each member truly nails their respective roles. It is rare to find a creative team that truly excels in all areas, thus ending the show in such a short period would do a disservice to all the cast and crew’s efforts.
#5 – Digital Traction
The chemistry of both lead actors has struck a chord with the audiences. This is evident in the daily trends and social media traction the show receives, a clear sign that the show is a lucrative property and that ending it would be a missed financial opportunity.
#6 – International Appeal
Not only has Shaurya Aur Anokhi Ki Kahani appealed to viewers in India, but it has been performing incredibly well in the UK and many other international territories. On most days, Shaurya Aur Anokhi Ki Kahani is within the top list of South Asian shows consistently performing well. (Source: BizAsiaLive.com) This highlights its international success and consistent viewership abroad and that ending it will only be a disservice to the viewers and the creative team.
From all the reasons above, it can be deemed fit to conclude that Shaurya Aur Anokhi Ki Kahani has immense potential and the channel should hold off its decision to end the show. The show has multiple avenues to explore and ending it at this juncture will be highly inconsiderate of the countless fans that tune in daily at 7 pm and will reinforce Star Plus’s practice of not sticking to its brand philosophy.