2020 has not been a good year so far and things are not going to get better anytime soon.
In what can be termed as a difficult time for the entertainment industry, producer Mahesh Pandey had to say goodbye to his TV show ‘Vidya’. The social drama starred Meera Deosthale and Namish Taneja as the leads and it was a hit among other shows at the 7 PM slot.
In his Instagram post where he shared the news about the show going off-air, he mentioned that ‘Vidya’ died a premature death because of Covid-19.
His post read, “On 1st June 2020, I got a call that our show ‘Vidya’ is being terminated with immediate effect. I was shocked and felt really bad. I had a lot of questions. Why such a decision so suddenly? Since Vidya started, we have been a slot leader at 7 PM and Vidya’s story is still incomplete. She has not become a teacher yet. I was perplexed and rattled; I sat down and then realized that Vidya was affected by Corona. It’s a Covid 19 death. There is no other reason for her premature demise.”
The show was his first solo production and it ran for 163 episodes. He says that the show will always be special to him and thanked the channel and his team for supporting him.
“Thank You team Colors and especially Swati, Sakshi, Arjya, Harsha, Ramya and Navin. You guys have been with me through thick and thin in this journey. I want to take a moment to thank Manisha Sharma ji for trusting me and letting me make a show which no other channel was ready to make. Thank you team Vidya at Mahesh Pandey Productions (from the actors to the spot boys. I am a little emotional hence I am not writing any names, as I don’t want to miss out on any) you have been my strength and my support. I hope you will keep supporting me and this company so that we can keep making good content.Thank you team Vidya fans for your relentless support. As dusk hits the shores of Vidya, a new day is dawning with our new show. I hope you keep supporting us there too,” he had posted.
He went on to thank his family, especially his wife, who he called his biggest support.
Vidya was the story of a girl who is offered the job of an English teacher at a school. She doesn’t know the language but she is forced to accept it by a local politician.