Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Saraswatichandra’ to go off-air

Grapevine buzzed that filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s highly watched serial at the beginning ‘Sarasawatichandra’ will go off-air. The show is facing severe production issues and hence the producer have decided to put an end to the serial.  The serial was going great in the beginning but gradually, it’s popularity decreased. The serial was launched with high expectation by Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s close buddy and Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee. But due to financial crisis, the channel has decided to stop it.

Recently, there was a huge uproar when some of the cast members claimed they had not received their payment. Says a source, “The actors were not paid for a long time. Only when they made a noise about it, Bhansali got into action and released some payments to restore normalcy on the sets.”

Based on the Gujarati novel Saraswatichandra by Govardhanram Madhavrao Tripathi, Bhansali said during the launch, “I just have one wish that we make a good serial, the actors do a good job and it runs for 2,000 episodes and may it become the biggest and most memorable serial.”

The source added, “Television is a different ball game dictated by TRPs. Bhansali’s vision and style of working is different. The channel and he are at loggerheads. There has been discontent on the sets but everyone is tightlipped. The channel too is not exactly gung-ho about the show now. They are no longer even promoting it as their big ticket.”

Jennifer Winget and Gautam Rode essays the role of Kumud and Saraswatichandra, with all dance and drama, it is like a Bhansali film on the small screen. “Despite the initial hype and the show’s grandeur, it has apparently failed to attract eyeballs - what is most needed to be successful and survive on the tube,” the source adds.

The channel refuses to comment on Bhansali’s show.