Morality on Rampage - Infidelity finds home !

Tellybuzz tries to decode why leading characters are walking lines of infidelity on almost all the shows these days...

Friday, May 04, 2012 | 8:50:26 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Indian serials on GEC's talk of strong family ethics and an eternal love that knows no bounds. However, lately a new subtrack has found its mark in the stroyline - Infidelity! Some storylines like Kya Hua Tera Vada has the infidelty track as the main track while other shows like Balika Vadhu have it woven very deeply in to the story and moral fabrics.

Umpteen serials like Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?, Parichay Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka have infidelity as the sub track and is being utilized as the root cause of misunderstandings. What has led the Creatives imbibing this is in their story plots?

Palki malhotraTellybuzz got in touch with Palki Malhotra, Fiction Head at Cinevistas managing Channel V's Dil Dostii Dance, who said that infidelity is not a trend that is being incorporated in the television shows - "It is not a trend. Eventually all the shows today are a love story and it serves as a good misunderstanding or a conflict plot. To make the story line more juicy an external stimuli needs to be added. Cheating serves as a good threat and creatives feed on that threat."

India has reported an increase in the number of infidelity cases over the past few years and it is not shocking to see the trend being followed on the Indian Television. Ethos of Indian society did not allow for such topics to be discussed openly. Now with the fusion of cultures, such topics have stumbled out of the closet and have found a way in to the story lines.

Pawan shankarTellybuzz spoke to Pawan Shankar who plays the male lead Pradeep in 'Kya Huaa Tera Vaada' on Sony TV - "Infidelity as a word has always been exciting. It is a fantasy for most men and women. India being a very traditional country we are bound by social pressures and avoid going ahead with cheating. What we can not do , we like seeing on television or films. So, it works."

Infidelity has found its mark on Indian Television and despite the criticism, the Indian audience has accepted it as a consequential plot in the storyline. One baffling point however is the portrayal of men as sinner and women as the sinned party. Indian Shows are biased and portray women as pristine objects.

Daljeet bhanotTellybuzz got in touch with Daljeet Bhanot who plays Anjali on Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? on Star and she feels that Indian audience still likes to believe in the old adage 'One Kings and Many queens , One queen and One King' - " I don't think the Indian audience will take a woman cheating on the husband very well. We are all hypocrites and in India we give this hypocrisy a name called 'Culture'. Indian women are portrayed to be epitome of tenets and value and are shown to be pristine. Messages that are shown on Television always have a little hesitation and are not loud and clear. Indian Television is all about emotional justification."

Will the Indian audiences be open to the idea of women cheating on their partners?

Reporter and Author - Medha Parashar
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Posted on: 07 October 2012 at 1:16am
thats true:(
well i m too glad and happy that social pressure and tradition restricts people to go ahead with cheating unlike in other countries
and daljeet is right..why only men...infact women too are great cheaters!!

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Posted on: 10 May 2012 at 11:40pm
u r totaly right...i don't know why but still in india...if a women is standing...talking to some man other than...her husband...even...standing and taking to the man makes her a characterless but in the same scenario a man is seen many not considered as such...

daljeet is right...morals...are shown...and even the lesssons of women upliftment is given..buit they are not clear...always ...hidden...or clouded

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Posted on: 09 May 2012 at 2:37pm
You're right, Daljeet. That is really very closed-minded and hypocritical of people in India. Cheating on your partner is not right in any situation, but the fact that it's almost accepted for men to have affairs, but making women who do so seem like [insert word of your choice] is totally sexist. And then, we try to cover it up by saying, "Oh it's tradition to do things this way. This is our culture." This is really very wrong.

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Posted on: 09 May 2012 at 5:06am
Daljeet Bhanot you're so write, our audience isn't ready for all that yet anyways you rock!

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Posted on: 09 May 2012 at 4:52am
Palki...we request u to bring KaSh in a production plz!!!

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Posted on: 09 May 2012 at 2:26am
Whatever Daljeet Bhanot has said is quite ryt...most of the tyms ppl think in a stereotypical way..evn if sumthing different is shown they often end up saying the culture is being threatened..i'm sure if Anjali had been cheating in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? instead of Shyam sum ppl wud'v reacted xactly lyk this:(

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Posted on: 08 May 2012 at 6:11am
Daljeet Bhanot...You are right, India is an amazing country. Our strandard for men and women are different.

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Posted on: 07 May 2012 at 10:39pm
Bang on Daljeet...In India hypocrisy is euphemized as culture...India's obsession with women's "purity and chastity" is the root cause of such high rates of honour crimes...

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Posted on: 07 May 2012 at 11:45am
I love the way Daljeet answered the question!
Bang on! :D

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Posted on: 07 May 2012 at 10:02am
love you Daljeet :)
the best choice for Anjali!!!1

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