Actor Ram Kapoor is likely to leave popular show Bade Achche Lagte Hain in which he plays a rich businessman, say sources.
Ram, a known name on the small screen, is not the quintessential hero. His weight issues added to the charm of his character, also named Ram Kapoor in the show, which started as the story of a middle-aged mismatched couple who find love after an arranged marriage.
But a recent promo of a special episode, an integration of Bade Achche Lagte Hain and Kya Huaa Tera Vaada, indicates Ram will be at the receiving end of a gunshot, and will be taken to a hospital. But doctors inform his family that they couldn't save him.
Asked about his rumoured exit from the show, Ram said: "No comments."
When IANS contacted his wife, actress Gautami Kapoor, she too refused to give a direct comment.
However, a source said: "Ram is leaving Bade Acche Lagte Hain. Maybe he wants to concentrate only on his film career, that is why he is walking out of the show."
That could be a strong possibility considering the sudden barrage of films he has in his kitty. After featuring in films like Udaan, Agent Vinod and Student Of The Year, Ram will now be seen in Yash Raj Films' Mere Dad Ki Maruti as well as in Asha Bhosle's first acting project Maaee.
The episode showing Ram being shot at by Anushka Sarkar, a character from "Kya Huaa Tera Vaada", will go on air Dec 4.
However, Ram's exit from "Bade Achche Lagte Hain" could be a big blow to the Ekta Kapoor show, which features actress Sakshi Tanwar as Ram's wife Priya.
The soap, which airs on Sony, is currently at a crucial juncture, considering an ongoing custody case between Ram and Priya for their daughter Pihu.
The show took a five−year leap earlier this year and completed a successful run of 300 episodes earlier this month.