Some time a single decision can turn out be career changing. Barun Sobti was on a real high when he quit Star Plus show Is Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon. He might have his reasons for quitting over work and health etc. But it has certainly put a question mark on his status as TV’s popular hero. Since then he has not been seen on TV for the past five years.
Back then he move to Bollywood signing a number of projects. Unfortunately only one of them Main Aur Mr.Right has released so far and as for its Fate the lesser said the better. He is part of two more films ( Satro Ko Shaadi Hai and 22 Yards ) announced back in 2014 and we have no indication when they will see the light of day. It is normally said that if a film is delayed its chances of success are less for the project loses freshness.
His latest flick Tu Hai Mera Sunday which has been screened in Cannes again is not a film which will really set Box Office(unconventional story , no big film names) on fire. It might appeal to small niche audiences at best. A film needs to have wider audiences to recover its monies. Having said Cannes will help the film get some international buyers. Barun’s work must have been appreciated. What might help the film’s fate could be lower budget as well.
He finally agreed to return to TV with Zee show Satya Ki Kiran which apparently now has been scrapped , we have no information as to why. This definitely will further dampen the brand Barun Sobti which gained recognition during IPKKND. He had announced that he will return to TV on his own terms and conditions aka only limited series.
We wonder if he will back track and finally agree to a normal daily show. He has a huge fan following so maybe channel’s will give him one more chance. But the longer he delays the more the window closes.
His only ray of hope as of now is his upcoming web series with Surbhi Jyoti. He might have a winner here as most of his fans are very active on online. So will add to much needed hits. This is second attempt at the web mode he has also do Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?… Ek Jashn. We don’t have data on number of views to make a call on its business .
However the success of web can’t be compared to TV yet . Agreed most say digital is the way to go but we have some time to reach there are as revenue models are still unclear. So Barun will need a big TV or cinema hit to claim his mantle back.