List of Programmes Broadcast by Star Plus
The early 2000s are behind us when there would be a plethora of shows like Shararat, Son Pari, Hatim, Akkad Bakkad Bambey Bo, or sitcoms like Khichdi, Tu Tu Main Main, or the infamous drama series like Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki, Kaahin Kisi Roz, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, etc. With time, the list of programmes broadcast by Star Plus has shortened by quite a bit. The content of the shows has been condensed and instead of producing more than 10 shows under one category, show runners has opted to produce 1 or 2 programmes under each category or genre and has started to value quality over quantity. Genre-wise discussed below is the list of programmes broadcast by Star Plus:
Drama Series: In Indian film and television, drama is a genre of narrative fiction or semi-fiction, which is intended to be serious. There are various sub-genres to this like crime-drama, historical period drama, teen drama, comedy-drama also known as dramedy, etc. Out of the list of programmes broadcast by Star Plus, shows like Ishqbaaaz, Mariam Khan-Reporting Live, Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala, which is a musical drama and the mythological period drama Karn Sangini are good examples.
Soap Operas: Indian soap operas are well known for their over dramatised and protracted storylines with their longstanding formula of sympathy, tears, villainy and a melodramatic background score. The majority of these television serials, despite being women-centric, reinforce archaic beliefs about a woman’s modesty and her place in the household and in society. These soap operas cater to a wide-ranging audience and possess the ability to influence societal thought processes. Out of the list of programmes broadcast by Star Plus, shows like Yeh Hain Mohabbatein, the reboot of the 2001 hit Indian soap-opera Kausautii Zindagii Kay and Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hain are prime examples of soap operas telecast on Star Plus.
Supernatural Series: As the name suggests, these shows are seeped with supernatural elements like evil witches or daayans, spirits, ghouls, black magic, cursed dolls and tantrics, etc. Out of the list of programmes broadcast by Star Plus, the channel airs two supernatural series, first is Qayamat Ki Raat or the Night of Doom, where a young couple faces their worst nightmares due to a curse by a tantric priest and how they overcome the obstacles and fight evil. And the second is, Nazar, the plot revolves around a young woman named Mohona, who turns into a witch and how her transformation affects her family, mainly her daughter and the spine-chilling events that Mohona faces that turns her life upside down.
Reality Shows: This genre of television programming documents the supposedly unscripted real life situations and often features an otherwise unknown cast of individuals who are typically not professional actors. There is a wide variety of sub-genres under this category, some of which includes the game shows, talk shows; talent hunt shows like Indian Idol o Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, even hidden camera shows lik Big Boss, all come under reality television. Currently in 2018, the list of reality shows broadcast in Star Plus is the season 4 of Dance Plus with the previous Dance India Dance stars Dharmesh Yelande, Shakti Mohan and Punit Pathak as the three main judges and Remo D’souza as the super judge. The season 4 of the show premiered on October 6th, 2018. And earlier this year on 13th January, aired the first season of the talent hunt show called India’s Next Superstars with judges like Karan Johar and Rohit Shetty. The show concluded on 8th April and the winner of this season was Aman Gandotra.
With the advancement in technology and affordable internet for all, television is no longer the only medium for entertainment. Star Plus networks has tied up with the emerging streaming service of Hotstar and all the current and previous shows of the channel are available on this online streaming service where people can tune in on their mobile device or tab at any given time of the day.