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Star Plus to bring back ‘Saathiya’ for a second season

Star Plus is set to revive its popular series ‘Saath Nibhana Saathiya’, its producer Rashmi Sharma has confirmed.

The cult series, which has been in the news over the past few days since music producer Yashraj Mukhate made a meme of a dialogue featuring character Kokilaben Modi, will now return for a second season later this year.

A source told a leading publication, “The storyline will be completely different from Saath Nibhana Saathiya, but the core of a love story, amid a family drama, will remain. The makers have been aggressively reaching out to people for the roles. Devoleena and Rupal will also be seen in the first few episodes and they might keep coming back later in the show. The show will mostly go on air in October.”

Sharma confirmed the news, “Saathiya has been a talking point since its launch in 2010. Even after it ended, it remained on top of my mind and we came up with some ideas on how we could take it forward. During the lockdown, its reruns were widely watched and that made us believe this is a good time to bring it back with a new season. Its recall value is still very strong. There will be many new characters and a twist in the storyline, but it will remain a family show and be driven by relationships.”

She added, “Saathiya cannot return without the Modi family, so yes, Kokilaben and Gopi will be back. But the hunt is also on for new faces.”

Rupal Patel who essayed the role of Kokilaben Modi is currently seen in ‘Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke’. She told another publication that she has not been approached for ‘Saathiya’. She said, “In that case, as I said I’m doing YRHPK and I can’t do two shows together. Also, I have not been yet approached for Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 2 by the makers. However, my good wishes are always with them.”