Star Plus’ new show, Anupamaa, starring Rupali Ganguly and Sudhanshu Pandey in the lead, was supposed to air today at 9 pm, but now it has been pushed indefinitely.
Instead, an extended new one-hour episode of Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, which generally airs at 9.30 pm, will be aired from 9 pm to 10 pm.
“This would be the line-up for the whole of this week,” a source from the channel said.
The source also confirmed to a media portal that “the premiere has been pushed as the bank of episodes is not enough and the shutdown of television shoots from 19 March would have interrupted the airing of the show.”
The source added that “the channel is currently taking a stock of the whole situation”.
For those unaware, on March 15, producer bodies came together to decide that shooting of all films, serials and web shows would be shut down from 19 March to 31 March to combat the spread of coronavirus and maintain the safety of the cast and crew. The situation will be reassessed on 31 March.
As of now, no new date for the premiere has been finalised, as it would depend on when the shoots resume.
In the coming days, the shutdown is likely to affect the airing of several shows (across TV channels) that do not have a big bank of episodes. Most shows, on an average, do have a bank of one-and-a-half to two weeks of episodes.
We are yet to hear from producer Rajan who remained unavailable for comment.