The saga of Gopi Bahu, and the two actresses — Devoleena Bhattacharjee and Gia Manek — who have played the role in the Star Plus' serial "Saath Nibhaana Saathiya" has been keeping viewers hooked with frequent developments. After the makers planned another generation leap in the storyline, which involved featuring Devoleena Bhattacharjee aka Gopi Bahu as a grandmother, Devoleena had expressed her reservations about ageing on screen and threatened to quit the show.
The makers had then approached Gia Manek, who initially played the role of Gopi Bahu, to make a comeback in the project. Now, according to latest report, they have decided to get Gia on board even if Devoleena wants to continue with the show. However, it is not yet known if Gia will reprise the role of Gopi Bahu or will play a new character post the leap in the storyline.
"The track shows Gopi becoming a nani, but Devoleena has threatened to leave the show if there is a leap. That's when Rashmi decided to get Giaa on board. Even if Devoleena agrees to play Gopi post the leap, Giaa might be given another role," a source told SpotboyE, referring to the producer, Rashmi Sharma.
Gia had quit "Saath Nibhaana Saathiya" after a major fallout with Rashmi. Gia had participated in the Colors' dance reality show, "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa," which apparently did not go down well with the producer, leading to her replacement with Devoleena.
According to the report, both Gia and the producer have now decided to bury the hatchet and work together. "Giaa and Rashmi were not on good terms for years, but they have decided to let bygones be bygones," the source added.
Meanwhile, before the plot moves ahead several years, there were reports that the show will soon take a short leap of six months. Currently, "Saath Nibhaana Saathiya" is revolving around Gaura (Vandana Pathak) having kidnapped her son Dharam (Amar Upadhyay) and faking his death. She also held Meera responsible for the death of Dharam and after the six-month time jump, the show will reportedly focus on this mysterious death.