I do not watch too many soaps. But inadvertently end up watching them as my grandma watches them everyday. The only female character I have likes so far in the soaps is Gauri from Kutumb.
The rest of the shows just irk me to bits. Take Chotti Bahu for example. That show is ridiculous. It beats why that narrow minded neurotic eccentricities are being promoted as pious and traditional. This show exemplifies my frustration with society that marriage has ceased to be a relationship of love between two people, but merely a sham of rituals and legalities. Secondly, why is someone who wants to enter film/fashion always shown as the bad/negative character.
Lets take Maayka. I do not know all the story arcs, but Soni is like a yoyo between two brothers and is swung like a pendulum by her mother in law. Mahi is endures nonsense by Shabd. Besides why does a woman only work when there is no other option? Can the wife of a rich man not take on a job, simply because she wants to have something of her own. It need not be her own, maybe she can organize and run her own non profit or take volunteer assignments. Why do the wives always shop, chat and b**ch.
Then Pavitra Rishta. I thought this show would be somewhat 'feminist' in the sense it would portray solidarity and independence of the lower middle class women. But total nuts....total nuts....the mom just brushes off to be some sort of gold digger who wants to marry her daughter to some rich educated guy. She is totally unrealistic, and then there is the daughter who even though knows the mother is wrong will do anything to fulfill her dreams.
I actually think old school Indian Television from my wee un days were good like Dekh Bhai Dekh, Hum Log, Fauji, Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, Rajani and Malgudi Days....Malgudi days was a classic.
We need more women in Indian television like the following who are in my opinion some of the best female characters on television.
Det. Olivia Benson
or rile up the masses big time with Samantha Jones
Although who would really rile up the masses to rioting is Shane McCutcheon
Edited by return_to_hades - 03 September 2009 at 10:12pm