By Anil Merani: Ever since Dheeraj Dhoopar quit Kundali Bhagya, lady luck has deserted him. Not one but three of his successive fiction outings have gone south. First was the ill-fated Sherdil Shergill with Surbhi, which sank without a trace. Then came the big Saubhagyavati Bhava debacle: Niyam Aur Shartein Laagu.

Dheeraj is currently involved in the second season of the Muslim social drama Rabb Se Hai Dua. While the show’s ratings are not exceptional, the first season was equally poor. Given his previous experiences, Dheeraj chose to participate in the show, and his decision warrants further analysis.

 Despite recent setbacks, it’s crucial to emphasize Dheeraj’s past triumphs. His four-year portrayal as Prem in Sasural Simar Ka was a significant turning point in his career, and he continues to secure work, a clear testament to his talent. While his recent project choices may not have been the best, his potential remains undeniable, and his past achievements are a beacon of hope for his future success.

Perhaps, it’s time for Dheeraj to take a step back from acting and focus on honing his craft. Then, he can make a grand comeback with a significant project on the web, instilling a sense of optimism in his fans and the industry.

 Maybe success also got to his head immediately after Prem got another tremendous character, Karan Luhtra, in Kundali Bhgya, which lasted for another five years. He must have started to feel that he would strike gold with every assignment.

Forget fiction. Even his Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa journey 10 ended relatively early, finishing a poor 15th. Dheeraj had reportedly quit Kundali because he wanted to try the nonfiction space, a move that was seen as a significant shift in his career. However, the results of this venture were not as successful as expected, indicating the challenges he faced in this new territory.

Dheeraj, who started with Maat Pitaah Ke Charnon Mein Swarg back in 2009, needs to grasp the reality that in the entertainment industry, an actor’s success is not guaranteed by past achievements. The audience’s expectations are constantly evolving, and an actor’s delivery has to be in the present to meet these expectations. Here, Dheeraj is not scoring, underlining the urgent need for him to adapt to the current industry landscape.

He is lucky to have consecutive shows, but that might not last long, so he better girdle up.