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India’s longest-running TV soap ‘Balika Vadhu’ to air final episode on 31 July

MUMBAI: India’s longest-running TV show ‘Balika Vadhu’ will go off the air after its final telecast on Colors on 31 July.

The show would complete running for eight years, after first airing on Colors on 21 July 2008, with child actors Avika Gor and Avinash Mukherjee playing the lead characters Anandi and Jagya.

Balika Vadhu‘Balika Vadhu’ dealt with contemporary social issues including child marriage, widow remarriage, adult education and female foeticide.

Incidentally, the actors of the show were not adequately informed of the channel’s decision to end the show.

Reportedly, dropping TRPs was one the reasons for the decision to take the serial off the air.

‘Balika Vadhu’ aired long enough for it to be recognised by the Limca Book of Records in May this year as India’s longest-running show with 2,225 episodes.

The serial began as the story of a Rajasthani child bride called Anandi (played by Avika Gor) and her husband Jagya (Avinash Mukherjee). It entered its second season this April, with the focus shifting from Anandi to her daughter Nandini (Mahhi Vij) and her love interest Krish (Ruslaan Mumtaz).

Several episodes later, 24-year-old Pratyusha Banerjee replaced Avika Gor as the grown-up Anandi in 2010.

Pratyusha continued to play the eponymous Balika Vadhu for the next two years until she committed suicide on 1 April 2016. Four months after her death, the serial is coming to an end.