Posted: 30 March 2013 at 2:18pm | IP Logged
Indian Television is great; it gives the viewers inspiration to believe in good human qualities and creates a happy place for us to find some respite from the hardships we deal with on a daily basis' so long as they get the mix right.
Many networks have experimented with different twists in their serials and the kind of shows they telecast. One twist that is like nails on a chalkboard on my nerves is the Saaz/Bahu Drama (SBD!). It's hackneyed, it's annoying and yet in the rat race for TRPs even the best shows have dipped their proverbial toes in the murky waters of SBD. I proclaim that time has come for reel life to take some inspiration from real life.
Find inspiration from parents who are bringing up children with Diabetes, Autism, Down's Syndrome, Cancer and yes, even HIV. Find inspiration from parents who adopt children, from people who dedicate their lives to make life better for others. Give inspiration to youth who dare to be different. Give inspiration to children who are bullied in school so that they stand up against violence and not run away from it. Spread hope to people like Maanvi & Virat in their struggle with cancer. Change that mindset of people from "Pssshhh! That only happens on TV" to "I can do that too!" by delivering stories that are realistic.
How realistic is it for a member of the household to disappear and return with a different face? How many housewives dress up to the nines to stay at home? For that matter, how many housewives in India can afford to stay at home while paid helpers run around to their every whim and fancy? Which schools in India will let the students wear ultra short skirts and come to school with makeup? Life isn't always pretty where the solution to every problem is found in the pocket of a rich family member who swoops into save the day in the nick of time. The glamourous world shown to us on TV may create a bubble for some viewers who prefer theatricality but that is a dying breed.
While I lament about the twists fit to cast Lady Gaga in them, my biggest woe is the downhill trend of media companies that have thrown credibility out the window as they have shifted their perspective from responsible journalism to irresponsible gossipping. We are living in an age where it only takes a few minutes for any news to go viral. The number of channels available to communicate cannot be counted with the fingers in both hands. It is the age of transparency which also means media networks owe it to their readers to publish only what is right and in a manner that will not shame the industry. Understanding that entertainment industry brings forth the ugliness of gossiping along with the glitz and glamour does not give one the right to overlook the human behind all the makeup and fancy costumes. I hope that leaves you with the inspiration to think differently and influence a change for the better in the industry.
Edited by copypaste - 30 March 2013 at 2:32pm