Posted: 11 October 2012 at 11:01pm
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Surrogacy in TV serials:
Is it only for TRPs or to spread awareness?The latest trend to take tellydom by storm is 'surrogacy'. The small
screen has, at regular intervals, pushed the envelope with steamy hot
sequences, lip-locks and consummation, to recall a few. And these days,
there's an overdose of what is usually considered a hush-hush affair:
A debate is raging ' is it a progressive step by the
broadcasters and producers? Or is it just another ploy to rake in the
The beginning :
Surrogacy was first highlighted on Byaah Hamari Bahoo Ka. Soon after, Sasural Simar Ka and Hitler Didi
followed suit. While Simar (Deepika Samson) in SSK cannot conceive and
surrogacy is her only option, Rajnibala (Shrenu Parikh) of BHBK gets
embroiled in a surrogacy racket. Indira Sharma (Rati Pandey) of Hitler Didi
gets pregnant, but because she is a cancer patient, slips into coma
soon after. Shweta Kapoor (Aasiya Kazi) then decides to carry Indira's
foetus in her womb.
Prashant Bhatt, Weekday Programming Head of the channel which airs SSK,
says, "If the issue is highlighted in an aesthetic manner, viewers will
react positively. Television is an influential medium to spread
awareness and bring about change." Ila Bedi Datta, the producer of HD,
says, "People are resorting to surrogacy even in small towns and cities .
It is no more a taboo."
For public good :
will a television soap spread awareness? Asserts Prashant, "Today, many
couples face fertility issues. Most of them are unaware about the
options available. Surrogacy is not a problem, but a solution."
With this track, we hope to spread awareness and change people's lives."
Ila says her show is only enlightening those who can't conceive. She
says, "It is said that a woman is complete when she becomes a mother.
There are many couples who are desperate for a child. We want to give
our viewers a ray of hope."
Gynecologist Suman Bijlani admits that
TV soaps have led to a rise in the inquiries about surrogacy. She says,
"Most couples these days have a vague idea that they can 'rent a womb'.
But they want to know more."
So, does TV help create awareness in
the right manner? "Daily soaps portray these procedures as almost
frivolous, without any mention of its expenditure, logistics or the
possibility of failure. This results in unrealistic expectations. People
often see test tube babies and surrogacy as 'miracle cures'. Also, the
emotional aspect is often dramatised and distorted on TV," says she.
Adds psychologist Anjali Chhabria, "Daily soaps are more keen on
dramatising shows to increase their ratings. But nevertheless, the small
screen reaches out to a larger audience, influences their opinion and
broadens their perspective. There have been shows which have done
justice and have been quite informational and inspiring."
Edited by tweety8 - 11 October 2012 at 11:04pm
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