‘Balika Vadhu’ coming to an end; last episode on July 31

Balika Vadhu’ coming to an end; last episode on July 31

India’s longest running television show ‘Balika Vadhu’ is finally coming to an end. After being on air for eight long years, the popular series that dealt with social issues, will telecast its final episode on July 31.

The show began on Colors TV on July 21, 2008 with child actors Avika Gor and Avinash Mukherjee playing the lead characters Anandi and Jagdish respectively. Over the years, it dealt with several social issues including child marriage, widow remarriage, adult education and female foeticide. It has entered the Limca Book of World Records for airing highest number of episodes.

The show had two seasons. First season titled ‘Balika Vadhu - Kachchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte’ focused on the lives and journey of Anandi and Jagdish who were married in childhood. The second season - ‘Balika Vadhu’ - Lamhe Pyaar Ke’, was about Anandi’s daughter Dr Nandini who herself was a child bride.  

In course of time, the show witnessed multiple leaps and entries and exits of several actors. Late actress Pratyusha Banerjee entered the show as adult Anandi opposite Shashank Vyas who played the role of the grown-up Jagdish. After Pratyusha walked out of the show, Toral Rasputra replaced her. Siddharth Shukla entered the show as District Collector Shivraj Shekhar who marries Anandi after being divorced by Jagdish. Their characters were brought to a logical end closing the season one of the show.

The show also featured Anoop Soni, Smita Bansal, Satyajit Sharma, Neha Marda, Vikrant Massey and several others. National Award winning veteran actress Surekha Sikri was seen in the role of Dadisa/Kalyani Singh, the matriarch of Anandi and Jagdish’s family.

Currently, Mahii Vij and Ruslaan Mumtaz are playing the lead roles as Anandi’s daughter Dr Nandini and her husband Krish, respectively. Mahii, who made a 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 they are ending it too soon. I had rejected a lot of shows for this and to know that it’s suddenly going off air is disappointing,” she was quoted as saying.

Her co-star Ruslaan said, "This hasn't been announced yet. I was told that we would be informed at least two months before the show shuts. But if it is ending, then it is time to move on to another project."

According to reports dropping TRPs was one the reason behind the Channel's decision to put an end to this show. The show which earlier used to air at 8 pm has changed its time slot and currently airs at 6.30 pm.