By Subhash K Jha
BOLLYWOOD: Now it can be told. The real story behind the return of Vivian Dsena to Colors’ Madhubala.
Plummeting TRPs and insistent fans forced the serial’s crative team to devise a new method of sneaking Vivian back on the show.
Apparently, Vivian who shot to household fame with his volatile edgy character RK was loath to return after his differences with many members of the Madhubala team, including his leading lady Drashti Dham.
Says a source from the show, “Vivian had become larger than the show. And he know it. The Madhubala team wanted to cut him down to size. They thought they’d be able to get on with the show without Vivian.But the falling TRPs forced them to do a re-think.”
It was decided to immediately bring Vivian Dsena back on Madhubala to save the show from shutting down though the creative team and the serial’s writers had no idea how and where to fit the actor back in.
The promos showing Vivian’s re-entry into the serial have begun and the actor claims he doesn’t know what his character is called, thereby confirming the opinion that Vivian was summoned back to bail the serial out of the doldrums.
Says Vivian, “It’s true I am still not sure what my character is called. The plot has moved forward by a couple of generations. My original character RK is no more a part of the story. They thought of bringing me back as another character called RK. But that would be confusing for viewers, though they want me back as RK. But I am not sure if that is what I am going to be called.”
He admits he was resurrected on the soap for practical reasons. “Well,I heard the rating had begun to drop after I left. But I don’t want to see myself as a chart-runner or the TRP booster of Madhubala. That’s too much pressure on me and also a little vain . I will say one thing, though. I came back on the show only because the producer Abhinav Shukla asked me to. He was insistent that I return. I couldn’t say no to him.And now my fans are bombarding Abhinav with thanks for my return on various social networking sites and Twitter.He feels stalked!”
Does all this adulation give Vivian a swollen head? “It is actually very sobering.I see my return to Madhubala as a sign from God. He wants me to be part of this show.As long as He wants it no one , not even I, can get me out of Madhubala.”
Vivian has a very different character to play now. “This is the first time ever that an actor has returned to a serial playing a character totally unrelated to the one played earlier. It’s a challenge for me and for the team to fit me in .”
He denies differences with his co-star Drashti Dham. “We work well together.After that she goes her way I go home to my wife. That’s the way it is. That’s how it should be.”