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Should Indian Television depict traditional Indian values or ape the Western serials is the debate here.

Thursday, July 04, 2013 | 6:17:37 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Posted on: 04 July 2013 at 8:07am
Both we need both!!! I'm sick and tired of tellywood actors naming American shows when they are asked what they watch on TV. They work in the industry but they can't relate to anything that's on Indian TV. I'm not asking any channel to change their image because those traditional Indian shows have their own place and very important to a lot of people, but they should incorporate a bigger verity of shows. The US has a huge verity of shows and each genre is marketed to a different audience. A lot of people make fun of Indian dramas, which in and of itself are not bad, but they don't even know that shows like DMG, MJHT exist. Those types of shows need to be marked better, but even really good shows like that are not an equivalent to F.R.I.E.N.D.S or Big Bang Theory. I can watch those type shows with my brother or my guy friends but they're not going to watch DMG or MJHT; they might watch Splitsvilla or Roadies, for which there is no fictional equivalent. DMG and LNMDJ are city mom and me shows, Splitsvilla, Roadies are young metro youth shows as are F.R.I.E.N.D.S and Big Bang Theory. Traditional Indian shows have their own important place in Tellywood and are not/ should not lose their focus, but it's time they start expanding a little bit. Be that Baroda or Mumbai there should be at least one fictional show on tv that people can truly enjoy watching.

P.S. I was born and raised in the US but most of my is from Mumbai and when I go to India most of my cousins and uncles do say there is nothing on TV for them to watch cause dramas are not for them.

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Posted on: 04 July 2013 at 8:05am
Oh mjht was my favourite show idont forget
This gang was rocking yaar mayank nupur
Samarat and gunjan uday benje diya we miss guys

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Posted on: 04 July 2013 at 8:00am
a very good article i must say!!

well its tre that shows depic our culture but i would say they show it over board... of course saas bahu stuff still go on but they can keep it normal!!!

yeh rishta is a bang on in that!! what is shown there is something many woman can relate to andits so real!!

i don believe that there are still saas who don want their dil to have a suhaag raat etc etc... and worst of all todays men have rediefine so much for us woman

if not all atleast most men now respect and love their wife giving them their space too!! not all lives are always complicated!!!

and if shows can be limited to short term or till the expiry of the main story line and end off in high notes it shall help audience seeing a variety rather than good shows being destroyed to pulp!!!!!

we do have a lot of diff shows like chanchan , is pyaar ko, ek hazaroo, mjht etc but these shows suffer with the trps just coz they are diff that the routine saas bahus ... rather than waiting to pull them off air i feel they should be advertised more and made to reach all!!!

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Posted on: 04 July 2013 at 7:58am
Yr Rockss
Hina U just rock as aksahra
love u Hina khan..Heart

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Posted on: 04 July 2013 at 7:46am
i think a program should be from the society ...and some logical one an observer i think our shows are not like that ...about culture if there is a good one there is no harm to follow it ...i completely agree with pink27

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Posted on: 04 July 2013 at 7:46am
Devon ke Dev Mahadev is a modern age Mytho, that's why it appaels to many.

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Posted on: 04 July 2013 at 7:42am
Shows that are rooted in culture or modern can only be good as long as they portray a more realistic view of society and not resort to illogical and senseless tracks just for the sake of cheap drama and TRPs.

A good many shows start of really well but somewhere along the way they lose track and start catering to ratings or channel demands.

Some of these shows are never-ending and literally go on & on till audiences are fed up instead of bowing out gracefully.

Indian shows should know when to end the story properly instead of churning out track after track just to keep on going and only ending when TRPs are really low.

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Posted on: 04 July 2013 at 7:40am
Culture change or not... first try adopting the western working schedule... rather than making your team work for 20 hours a day and churning out useless stuff, give them proper rest and maybe then you can actually show us the "real" culture.. I am sure the Indian culture is not all about a how cruel a mother in law is or how a husband is spineless in front of his mother... Try working on real issues first.

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Posted on: 04 July 2013 at 7:32am
Great to see Mjht has been mentioned.MJHT one of the best youth based show i have ever seen on TV.

Edited on:04 July 2013 at 7:33am

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Posted on: 04 July 2013 at 7:28am
I understand the intention of the article, but is it really useful to try and identify a "real/actual India" in a country of one billion people? Why is the college student who has a boyfriend any less Indian than the housewife who's main priority is her family? There is no doubt that both of these women exist and co-exist in India... so what is the point of trying to abstract a single "Indian" identity?

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