LookBack 2017: Top 5 Hindi GEC Shows of 2017

22 Dec,2017

 

By Shailesh Kapoor

 

Twenty-seventee has been a poor year for Hindi GECs by all accounts, especially because weekday fiction content, which has been the staple viewer diet for 17 years now, struggled through the year. In contrast, the year saw significantly higher traction for non-fiction content.

 

Here’s my list of the Top 5 Hindi GEC shows of the year, in terms of their ability to break the clutter and stand out in a crowded but struggling category.

 

5. Kya Haal Mr. Paanchal?

Star Bharat’s August launch, and its slow but steady rise since then, has been pivoted around a genre that has been grossly neglected by Hindi television for years now: Comedy. Based on a seemingly farcical premise – a man is forced to marry five women because a divine intervention goes all wrong – Kya Haal Mr. Paanchal managed to combine two important focal areas for prime-time GEC viewing – Family & Entertainment. With a sharp week-on-week rise, the show is set for a good run in 2018.

 

4. Rising Star

Rising Star has to be recognised simply for Colors’ brave attempt to play with technology and go for live content in prime time. In a country where even the biggest entertainment events are not aired live, going live twice a week for almost three months is no mean feat. The show brought freshness to an otherwise fatiguing singing reality genre. The second season is scheduled for early 2018, and should benefit from the first season’s visibility.

 

 

 

3. Kundali Bhagya

In a year when new daily soap launches fell like nine pins, Zee TV’s KundaliBhagya proved to be an exception. The idea of extending the KumkumBhagya franchise was a smart one, but KundaliBhagya went beyond that within its first two weeks, to showcase characters that are fresh and young, compared to what we see on daily soaps in general. In a scenario where new shows fatigue out within six months, this Balaji show is still growing its viewer base in its six months.

 

 

2. Khatron Ke Khiladi

In a year headlined by non-fiction, the ‘Pain In Spain’ season of KhatronKeKhiladi was a rollicking success. Rohit Shetty was in even better form that his previous outing on the show, packing a punch and offering a perfectly balanced mix of comedy, action and a unique style of anchoring, where the equation he shared with the participants seamlessly transcended diverse areas like friendliness, respect and fear. The participants themselves were a solid lot, with diverse personalities and an ability to express themselves, making the 2017 season easily the best season of KhatronKeKhiladi so far.

 

1. Kaun Banega Crorepati

A hands-down winner, Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) turned out to be one of the biggest success stories, not just on the television screen but in the digital space too, with its integration with Jio via a play-along module. The makers stripped the show of unnecessary melodrama, focusing on game play and light-hearted entertainment. Social messaging and life lessons were there too, but they were delivered as a sprinkling, rather than being shoved down our throats, like one of the earlier seasons.

One doesn’t need to say much about Amitabh Bachchan’s prowess at hosting. But in this season, he outdid himself, in a rather entertaining, almost ‘chilled out’, yet sensitive avatar that clicked across markets, age groups and socio-economic strata alike.

KBC 2017 has set a standard of content quality and viewer appeal that subsequent seasons of KBC will have to strive hard to match up to.

 

 

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