As Monalisa’s ‘Nazar’ goes off-air, producer Gul Khan says ‘it will be difficult to keep expensive TV shows going’


Actress Monalisa and producer Gul Khan, on Saturday, confirmed on Instagram that their supernatural show Nazar is going off air after a two-year run on Star Plus. The last episode was shot on March 20 and after the COVID-19 lockdown, the shoot was stopped indefinetely.

Now in an interaction with a leading daily, Gul revealed that the decision to stop airing the show was taken after the budget was cancelled mid-way. “In the post COVID-19 world, advertisement budgets will be limited and it will be difficult to keep expensive shows going. Nazar was mounted on a lavish scale, with plenty of visual effects and action sequences. Restrictions in budget are going to be the reality, at least in the coming year,” she predicted.

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Before Nazar, Sony Tv also axed three of its shows— Beyhadh 2, Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein and Patiala Babes. Now after Nazar, an industry source informed that Dil Jaise Dhadke... Dhadakne Do will be going off air next. "They are even contemplating the future of Sooraj Barjatya’s Dadi Amma... Dadi Amma Maan Jaao! which started towards the end of January this year," said the source. Apparently, Zee is also planning to terminate some of its ongoing shows, among them Dil Yeh Ziddi Hai and Manmohini.

It seems the COVID-19 pandemic has made producers and channels end costly shows. “The channels are going through huge losses with no fresh content, so, are trying to shorten their line-up by axing shows that are not profitable, low on TRPs or exceed the budget of the channel," the source signed off. 

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)