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"Mazya Navryachi Bayako" (means - My husband's wife) is a Marathi language serial on 'Zee TV Marathi' channel. Is the story from start to end of this serial already decided before launching or are they changing the story in the mid as per the response of viewers?

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    Usually with indian serials/dramas that have a daily episode, the ending is not predecided and no definitive climax exists. The story keeps prolonging and the initial plot/ name of the serial will stop meaning something after a year or so. Im not mocking the serials, but its just how the pattern is. For serials that bring out a daily episode , its difficult to hold on to the initial plot-line. And related to changing the story, unless the viewership drops, the story goes on into twists and turns and new plots as long as there is viewership. – Anu7 Jan 22 at 11:15
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    There was a broader question from OP about this issue & upon suggestion from me & others to ask about a specific serial, he's done so. So closing this would be very odd. – KharoBangdo Jan 22 at 11:49
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    @Anu7 that should be an answer – Luciano Jan 23 at 11:30
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Indian soap dramas are different from the usual format of the English dramas/series. Indian soap dramas have 5/6 episodes per week running all year long, spanning across many years.

India's first soap opera was Hum Log, which concluded with 154 episodes. Abhhishekam (Telugu) is the longest running serial in the history of Indian television with 3,100+ episodes as of December 2018 (still running). Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai is the longest running Hindi serial in the history of Indian television with 2,800+ episodes as of December 2018 (still running)

Content creation for such long running dramas is always bound to run out due to the longevity of the series. Here is where we come to your question -

With Indian serials/dramas (Mazya Navryachi Bayko falls in this category) that have a daily episode, the ending is not pre-decided and no definitive climax exists. Only the first few months or the first year the title and the story are the same. The story keeps prolonging and the initial plot/ name of the serial will stop meaning something after a year or so. I'm not bashing Indian serials, but its just how the pattern is. For serials that bring out a daily episode , its difficult to hold on to the initial plot-line. And related to changing the story, unless the viewership drops, the story goes on into unrelated but cliched twists and turns and new plots.

Unfortunately most of the serials start out with a different concept and fall into the only categories that allows for its survival after running out of content - evil family members, maybe evil mother-in-law, stealing family asserts and property, memory loss etc.

The first Indian soap opera, Hum Log, began as a family planning program, and although it quickly turned its focus to entertainment

For example there was this serial called 'Ishq ka rang safed' which initially was about love for a widowed woman and breaking rules, until:

"Ishq Ka Rang Safed (English: White Is The Color Of Love) is an Indian television drama.. The show portrays the story of a young widow, Dhaani, and a rich boy, Viplav, who falls in love with her and goes against the orthodox views of society to marry her. The show was very much accepted by the viewers at an early slot.... But its viewership dropped after the change of the concept..."

So No, "story from start to end of this serial already decided before launching"

Both Yes and No to "changing the story in the mid as per the response of viewers"

Finally I'd like to say that this is not a Indian dramas-bashing answer. Indian dramas cater to people who would like to follow a show everyday without waiting for a week. But the content gets bad because there is only so much you can do. Kudos to anyone who can come up with great content for every single day year after year.

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    There was a serial called Sasural Simar Ka while was a typical saas bahu drama until it took an unexpected turn & became a horror show with witches & what not. So yeah – KharoBangdo Jan 24 at 7:31
  • @KharoBangdo OMG LOL that serial was my going to be my first reference but I didn't know which plot out of the million plots I would have to cite as an example.. the ghost one or the heroine turns into a fly one. Universes apart from what 'Sasural Simar Ka' meant.. – Anu7 Jan 24 at 11:38

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