Not continuing with 'Chandrakumari': Radikaa tells TNM why she's quitting the TV soap

Radikaa had earlier tweeted that 'Chandrakumari' was going to air at 6.30 pm rather than the prime time spot on Sun TV.
Not continuing with 'Chandrakumari': Radikaa tells TNM why she's quitting the TV soap
Not continuing with 'Chandrakumari': Radikaa tells TNM why she's quitting the TV soap
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Actor Radikaa has been the undisputed queen of Tamil soaps since the early 2000s, ever since we first saw her on TV as the one and only ‘Chithi’. Television’s prime time (9.30 pm) slot has been exclusive to Radikaa since then and with an increasing fan base, it only seemed natural for the actor to continue in this spot.

Therefore the news from the actor herself that her present 9.30 pm show, an extravagant historical drama and one of Tamil soap’s highest budget ventures, Chandrakumari, will be moved to an earlier time in the evening at 6.30 pm came as a shocker.

Now, the actor tells TNM that she will not be acting in Chandrakumari any more.

“The show will go on but I won’t continue in Chandrakumari, as I have taken up film assignments,” she says. 

Radikaa on March 9, tweeted that after having entertained fans for 3430 hours on television and appearing in 6850 episodes, she’d be taking her much-needed break for a couple of months. She promised to return in a new “avatar” in June this year.  

The tweets that poured in from fans ranged from disappointment to heartbreak with some promising to wait patiently until she returned.

Radikaa, however, tells TNM that the kind of response she has been seeing at her Radaan office is even more overwhelming. “So many people drop into my office, crying. We’ve been receiving so many calls that we’re just not able to do anything other than route them to the Sun TV office. It has been very humbling on the whole. You don’t really think of all this when you’re working,” says the actor.

Explaining that her decision to take a much-needed break has been timed with the IPL season that’s bound to keep fans engaged otherwise, Radikaa adds that the channel too was doing a “lot of changes” to its programmes.

“I decided to take a break anyway,” she tells us. This is quite understandable given that that actor has signed up new films - Mr Local with Sivakarthikeyan and Nayanthara, Market Raj’s MBBS with Aarav, and her return to Kannanda in Yuva Rathna after a gap of 3 decades, to name a few.

Interestingly, Sun TV has rescheduled Khushboo’s Lakshmi Stores, another drama that began airing shortly after Radikaa’s Chandrakumari. The actor in addition to playing its lead also produces it.

The channel has also shifted another midday serial Roja, perhaps based on popular response, to a prime evening spot apart from adding a new show titled Nila to its list of daytime soaps.

Radikaa, while claiming that she is not aware of the reason behind the channel’s idea to reorganise the soaps, tells us that the decision was mutual.

“With the IPL season there are usually such changes. I will be back with a new show after the games,” she concludes.

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