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After a tiring day's tensions and stresses we want to escape into some unreality.Mostly it becomes an escape to hell!
Remember there were some 2 or 3 episode series on DD named Katha Sagar or something. They were based on some immortal Indian litrerature.DD even made a long serial on Shard Babu's famous novel Srikant.Today the serial producers dont touch them even with a barge pole and intead deopend on mediocre writers for whom creativity is zero.
Sahara ran aftrer American novel Woman of Substance and invited litigation. Did they not find any good novel from India? If someone starts the trend of picking up a good novel and make a decent serial out of it people will watchA. Let there be reasonable modification (NO Entry for KEKTA)
Chiillyflakes has summed it up all by her great posting..
As for length no serial has REAL time for more than 18 out of 30 minutes and that too is wasted by flashbacks.Most ridiculous and deceiving is the flahback of something that happened in the same episode.Do they belive we all suffer from amnesia like some weird characters in the shows?
Joined: 07 December 2004
Hi Everyone ,Excellent topic,
Though I haven't watched Any of Ekta's serials or most of them mentioned here I have to say a few words about them.
We can criticise Ekta for anything but the fact is she has turned small screen into the big one .suddenly the canvas grew,all glam added ,perspective larger than life ,(even her award functions)she is like karan Johar of small screen.But however crap they are the fact is they matter so much in our socoety.(I remember my patient calling me if I could wait till she finished her serial!!) I think it's all 'coz of our own desires are reflected in it to an extent.
I'm talking abt Indian scenario,when kyonki started our society was in a transition state,joint familes vanishing but still ppl finding difficulty to cope-up with new morals when kyonki reflected oue own desire to have an ideal family which we all missed!
Rich families ,saree culture ,bindi culture,this all has been responsible for fastest growing mall culture in India.
Extra marital affairs I don't know serials reflect society or society reflects serials.Here I don't intend to generalise the changing moral values,that we all lost it completely but I mean to say 20 yrs ago when there was Buniyaad or Humlog ,even the makers woudn't dare to show these things there was concept of sacrifice for family values..now the remix generation denies this completely,they'll call sacrifice the cheating on ourselves & others so feel free to do whatever you want!!
What I mean to say is in some way serials work 'coz they reflect our changing trends.& they are streched 'coz we allow them to-I don't like jjkn these days but still I'm clinging to it 'coz I like a charactot in it & watching it pampers my desire to be with the charactor .I mean we should accept our responsibilty too behind all this!!
I want to mention a Marathi soap Avantika ,though I've seen only the glimpses but the lead charactor doesn't loose respect till the end,she has life full of struggle, two men in her life ,but she's shown to be well balanced with intact morals & sense of responsibilty to society around.This is what is lacking in hindi soaps SINCIERITY & BELIEF IN UR CONCEPT.They opt for easy money but isn't the easy money become the trademark of youth today?
I only want to say media has huge impact on society & they should behave in a more responsible way for the betterment of society.something on Army ,sports,discipline,our literature would certainly have a positive impact!
Joined: 14 February 2005
when everyone focussed on the time factor in serials only flashbacks & ads were discussed......
it is a point to be noted that only 1 major event happens per episode per day .....they slow down the whole process by showing everything in slow motion....
once the whole family comes to know of a shocking news (which apparently happens everyday) each individual's face is shown these stupendous effects & close up shots for s few seconds ......
Joined: 10 May 2005
I wish to congratulate the initiator of this topic and all those who have contributed to this very pertinent topic.
I live in Sydney and I have joined the Forum recently. At the outset I must say that I am a true Indian and follower of Indian traditions and customs. We do whatever we can to spread good things about India in all facets of our public and official dealings. We run Indian cultural shows to keep the Indian traditions. Some of us have achieved and gained siginificant recognition in mainstream Australia - we will talk about it some other time.
Now on to the topic - we took the opportunity to get the expensive cable connection to the Indian TV as soon as it became available here - mainly to keep close links with India. We only get 4 channels - Zee, Sony and Star Plus and Zee cinema at an exhorbitant price.
After watching few serials and following them closely - I have exactly similar views - why am I wasting my precious time and money on these fantasy ridden, far fetched and meaningless serials? The answer lies in the combination of the following Indian psyche and our age-old traditions of being -
- extremely 'tolerant'
People like Ekta cashes on these three weaknesses and churns out utterly senseless serials after serails - fully confident that she can emotionally blackmail Indian viewers. She will have extremely traditional settings in the house and make sure that she does not miss to depict Holi, Diwali, chanting of shlokas to ensure that it has mass appeal. I feel voilated when some of the most potent and sacred shlokas are being chanted while depicting something very sinister! No matter how much we whinge - we will still watch and adore the characters. Each of the serials I have watched start with good story lines in the beginning but then it indulges in some of the most bizzare sequences. The torture or corruption of mind continues episode after episode as we all wait with abated breath what is going to happen next? As some has said in his e-mail - it is always one person who gets picked - Good person will always be good and continues to be subjected to emotional and physical torture. The bad person keeps on finding new ways and means of inflicting misery without getting exposed. One very popular theme is to hide the truth - as long as it is possible.
Well I am sounding to be a great whinger - but It makes me feel sorry for the beautiful people of my motherland to get fooled by these handful of media mighuls - who are getting richer and richer at the expense of innicent public. We must wake up and tell them that enough is enough. Serials should not have unlimited life span. I am not sure about others but I feel that program such as Rehaee on Sony and Kabhi Kabhi on Zee to be very entertaining, enlightening about some social problem which makes the society much more aware. They are short and are realistic.
What is the solution? TV is a very powerful medium. Instead of getting our minds corrupted which by these serials (they do leave great mark on our minds subconsciously) - let us make these media mughals to use it to show some thing which makes the society better - there should be some social message - helps in exposing and getting rid of evils in the society - rather than glorifying it.
We must vent our anger and disgust - rather than just religiously following the whims of the director.
Joined: 05 March 2005
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