Posted: 11 February 2013 at 7:30am
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Love's in the airwaves. With V-Day around the corner, every general entertainment channel (GEC) vying for TRP honours is cashing in on the mush fest and offering viewers a diverse platter - from specially designed song-dance compilations hosted by picture perfect TV stars, to love tracks in existing shows. If only, there was reel love on the soapbox.
On small screen love seems to have been redefined and tweaked to suit the palate of a mixed target audience group, scattered across ages and cities of India. So wholesome love stories that make you go weak-kneed or your heart beat faster are not welcome on daily soaps. In the top shows of GECs, the male and female protagonists rarely get lucky to share cosy, heartwarming romantic moments that many people in real life might actually do. That's also because on GECs the male leads are broadly categorized in two:
Rich handsome, arrogant and violent:Every dream heartthrob of television, from Angad ofKaisa Ye Pyaar Hai(Iqbal Khan), Sujal Grewal ofKahiin To Hoga(Rajeev Khandelwal
), Armaan Mallik ofDill Mill Gayye(Karan Singh Grover
), MAAN SINGH KHURANA OF GEET HUI SABSE PARAYI (GURMEET CHOUDHARY) Arnav Singh Raizada ofIss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?(Barun Sobti) to Rishabh Kundra ofMadhubala Ek Ishq Ek Junoon(Vivian D'sena) - has grabbed his lady love in a secluded corner, pushed her into a wall (literally too) and voiced his 'feelings' for her. The arrogant, mean and aggressive male protagonist who does a 360 degree turn when the uprighteous female protagonist storms in his life and turns it upside down turning the mean monster into a love sick man is the stuff daily TV shows have thrived on.
Of course there have been some twists in the tale too. Like some physical violence on the way to love on screen. InQubool Hai, the male lead slaps the heroine in a fit of blind rage and she accepts it calmly. Sure, a half-baked and half-hearted apology comes from him, but the simpering lady has already moved on from the 'slap'. InMadhubala...you have the hero 'punish' the leading lady for having 'slapped' him by jilting her at the wedding altar and humiliating her. In the forthcoming episodes, there will be redemption from both male leads over a period of time.
The mild support :And then there's the second category. The soft spoken, supportive male lead - Aditya ofPyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha(Nakul Mehta) Suraj ofDiya Aur Bati Hum(Anas Rashid
), the leads ofSasural Simar Ka, Shiv ofBalika Vadhu(Siddharth Shukla
), Manav ofPavitra Rishta(Hiten Tejwani),*Rishi of**Hitler Didi**(Sumit Vyas)*, Viren ofEk Hazaron Mein Meri Behna Hai(Karan Tacker), Naitik ofYeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai(Karan Mehra
) -*who's content to share ample screen time with the stronger female leads and is a support act. So, he doesn't humiliate his lady love or physically torture her, but neither does he take a strong stand when she's in trouble.*
Surprisingly, the audiences have been forced to accept either of the two options as the 'hero' of the soaps over the last few years and when the storyline reaches a saturation point and even predictable 'memory loss', 'hero's death', 'the third angle' tracks aren't dramatic enough to get in the TRPs, the shows reach a not so dramatic climax before going off air. Because the cardboard heroes and the self-righteous and long suffering betis/bahus of TV are not flesh and blood human beings, so even their love is pure make-belief, despite the five-minute long eye-locks, the ladies landing in the heroes waiting arms and the runaway wedding cliches. They might temporarily transport a section of the viewer into a 20-minute fantasy, but even as renditions ofIshq wala LoveandTeri Meri Prem Kahanifloat in the GECs on V-Day, audiences know better than to expect too much from reel love stories.Until of course a 'real' hero/heroine makes an appearance on TV one of these days. Miracles are possible in reel life too.
Edited by pearl.white - 11 February 2013 at 7:27am
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