Despite the disappointing ratings, Ratan Ka Rishta will make Ratan Rajput richer by over Rs 2 crore. That’s irrespective of whether she waltzes off into the sunset with a husband or not.
The whopping amount she gets is her fee for participating in the show. Ratan’s quest for the perfect match began on May 30 with 16 “eligible” bachelors lined up. Now, five weeks later, it’s time for Ratan to choose her groom in the show’s finale on Sunday. The three contenders are: Deepak Pandit from Jammu, Anupam Singh from MP who is currently based in Poland and Delhi boy Abhinav Sharma. All three are software professionals. Deepak is said to be the front runner in the race to win Ratan’s heart and he’ll probably be the lucky guy who gets the swayamvar mala. “Ratan appears to have a penchant for Deepak and it’s highly likely that he will be her swayamvar man,” says a source in SOL India, which produced the show. However, a big question mark hovers around the marriage bit. Will Ratan follow Rahul Mahajan’s example?
Highly unlikely. In fact, as the title of the show’s third season suggests, it will end with an engagement and, like Rakhi Sawant, Ratan will take her time to decide about marriage. “She will choose her guy but it’s doubtful whether there will be any wedding in the finale. Ratan is keen on getting to know Deepak better. But she is in no hurry to tie the knot,” says a source. Ratan has given enough indication of this. The three top contestants are middle-class boys with average looks which explains her reluctance to marry any of them. “She wants to continue with her career for at least a couple of years, if not more, and none of the three have even a remote connection with showbiz and the glamour world,” adds the source. Probably Ratan Ka Rishta would not have happened had the channel not put the promos on air in December. Being a personality-driven show, the channel’s new owner Turner was not too happy with the choice of Ratan. But since the promos were already on air, Imagine was compelled to go ahead with the show.