On Valentine’s Day, Rajan Shahi talks about how love works on screen

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People love watching their favourite characters fall in love, on screen. These sequences have always worked, says producer Rajan Shahi, who is known for his show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. The producer says that a show is loved because of the chemistry between the lead pair. “Today in television, a show is no longer centred around one person. If you see, all the top-rated shows are working because of the ongoing chemistry of the lead and the USP is and always be, the romance. Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai has also got a major revival because of the romantic pairs Kartik – Naira and Naksh – Kirti,” he says.

Shahi adds that his show shows realistic romantic sequences, which seems to be working for them. “The current track of Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai is very real because they are showing the differences between Kartik and Naira. It is a realistic track because every couple, no matter how much they are in love with each other, have their differences and this track is being portrayed very well by Kartik and Naira. And the budding love and romance between Naksh and Kirti is also being appreciated by the audience because both the love stories are very real,” he says.

Shahi says that this trend to show realistic love sequences is being lapped up by the audience. “Different types of love stories are being portrayed on television which are been appreciated by the audience. I think I can speak for Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai because Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai has depicted love and romance in a realistic manner and also in a manner which the family audiences can watch,” he says.

Ask him who his favourite on screen couple is, and he says, “I like Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor’s jodi. I think they are the best romantic couple on screen. Whenever you just see their songs on screen, the first image that comes to mind is romance. I would consider Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor to be the best romantic pair on screen.”

The producer adds that he has always been a fan of Valentine’s Day. “I think there should be an occasion like this in which you can go out of the way to express your love to your loved ones. Valentine’s day is not only limited to a couple but even children, they wish their families. It’s become more of a day where you express your feelings. Love should be celebrated every day and also on Valentine’s day. It’s a feeling. Something which talks about love, romance and positivity should be celebrated,” he says.