^^^ Whatever shows they make, there is always a section of people that are never pleased. When Saas-Bahu drama came out initially, it was a pleasant change for people who wanted family drama.
There were some bold concepts, like Kitu Gidwani and Anju Mahendru in Swabhimaan, Neena Gupta in Junoon, etc. They weren't essentially negative characters but about how the unconventional women were viewed in society. Even Hip hip hurray had school teens dating and partying. Piya Rai Chowdary's character dealt with clinical depression, which was an eye opener for many ignorant parents.
In the nineties, TV was more sophisticated than movies in dealing with story and characters. So I can understand that an average non-urban woman was not relating to such unconventional story lines. What they easily understood was saas-bahu and saazish. I remember reading Urvashi Dolakia's man-maid getting beaten up by aam janta just because he happened to work for 'Komolika'. I never related to such, and also got busy with college, so completely stopped watching TV. If there was anything else other than scheming saas or doormat bahu, I would have definitely picked TV over computer or books. English shows during family time was off-limits because even a peck on the lips was considered explicit. Well, I would feel awkward in the first place too (still do).
At present, in the name of humor, they are force feeding us with comedy shows that
are full of sexual innuendos or racist remarks. Picking on brown skin,
neighboring countries, or male/female anatomy, is not the kind of comedy
I want to watch with my parents or in-laws.
Recently I did try watching a daily soap after hearing rave reviews from friends that it was a different show, and the actor is drool-licious (
) while the female lead is a fighter. When I started watching it, I did find certain things offensive. That guy manhandling the girl, and she being quiet about it. Girls in IF did find that hot, and a certain someone said she had wet feelings about him, after declaring he is like her son. If they show these kinds of shows sugarcoated with 'Soch nai' concepts and people actually accept it just because there is a good looking actor in the show, I rather use internet instead of spending my time rolling my eyes over glorified crap.
Agreed that only urban elites are complaining. But urban elites are people, and they need entertainment too. When there are ten shows for rural majorities, they can add just one show for urban minorities. There is not even a single daily soap that is different today.
I would like to watch progressive women, not the oppressed ones. Media people are screaming that item songs are promoting rapes. What about TV shows? Aren't they promoting dowry related murders and honor killings?
Edited by desiRED - 22 March 2013 at 5:02pm