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The show launched the careers of Parul Chauhan, Kinshuk Mahajan, Angad Hasija, Sara Khan, Ashita Dhawan, Naveen Saini and gave a big comeback platform to veteran actors like Seema Kapoor, Avinash Wadhawan, Alok Nath and Vibha Chibber. The show also happens to be the flagship show for Rajan Shahi's Directors Kut.
For the cast and crew, it will be an emotional farewell to a show that had launched them. “It’s a mixed feeling. In the three years of working with the show, we have had some highs and lows. That is natural when you’re shooting round the clock. However, shooting today was a nostalgic feeling. I find it hard to explain in words,” says Vasundhara Rajvansh.
She adds that there were many moments on the show that were memorable. “I consider that my character had so many shades to it, which showcased my acting ability. I enjoyed shooting my scenes with Alekh, especially the one where he tried killing me at knifepoint and the emotions portrayed in the mother-son relationship between us,” she adds.
Angad Hasija, who plays Alekh on the show said, “I would like to thank Rajan Sir who gave me this opportunity to play the role of Alekh. Yesterday we all were crying at Rajan Sir’s house. We recalled some of the great times all of us had together.”
He added that the scenes with Seemaji and Alokji were memorable. “I got to learn so much from them. I even liked how Alekh and Sadhana slowly over time realise that they are in love with each other.”
The show was launched on 8th October, 2007 and had a TVR of 4.6. In December 2007, the show went up another notch when the ratings touched 5.4 TVR. This began from the episode where Ragini broke her marriage (her in-laws rejected her at the mandap because she was dark complexioned in comparison to her sister).
In March 2008 Bidaai reached a new high when Sadhana and Alekh’s wedding took place in the show. The show touched TVR of 6.0. Then seven months later in October 2008, the show only climbed higher with the Taj Mahotsav event. Hema Malini participated in the Taj mahotsav with the sisters. The episode rated 8.8 TVR which was the highest rating for a show on Hindi GEC in more than 500 days at that time. Then in January 2009, Bidaai soared higher with Ragini and Ranveer’s wedding that had a TVR of 9.6.
The show has been a slot leader for the longest time. This has been the first show to beat Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi to the No.1 position in its early days. The channel took a risk of killing the characters of Sadhana and Ranveer who were the life and blood of the show, but Bidaai still maintained the ratings. This only proved that people watched the show for the love of the story and not just the characters.
Sakshi aka Sulgana Panigrahi, who was an important part of the show said that it was a wonderful experience shooting and being part of the show. “We all had such a wonderful rapport and I’m glad to share space with actors like Seema Kapoor,” she said, adding that one of her favourite scenes in the show was when Tarun attended her engagement ceremony. “It was beautifully shot,” she reminisces.
Similarly, Kinshuk Mahajan, who plays Ranveer on the show said that the scenes with Alekh were memorable, as was his first meeting with Ragini. “I will miss all these guys as we had become family.”
The cast and crew also had a big thanks for Sara Khan, who wasn’t present due to her participation in Bigg Boss. “We all missed Sara, but know that she was there in spirit with us,” they said.
The two hour special episode, as reported earlier, will see the twin weddings of Alekh-Sakshi (Sulagna Panigrahi) and Ragini-Anmol (Apoorva Agnihotri). Another captivating aspect of the Maha episode will be that the three leads of Directors' Kut, Parul Chauhan, Hina Khan (Ye Rishta Ky Kehlata Hai) and Neha Sargam (Chand Chupa Badal Mein) will be seen together on the dance floor. There is also a buzz that Kinshuk Mahajan, who played the role of Ranveer, will be seen in the climax scene.
Don’t forget to watch the whole Rajvansh family for the last time this Saturday at 7 pm only on STAR Plus.