Is the TREATMENT meted out to child actors on television correct?

The child artists are probably not ‘children’ anymore..

Sunday, August 06, 2017 | 5:00:37 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Watching a little one on the screen is an endearing sight for one and all. Be it a 3-year-old or a 13-year-old, children have become an integral part of the entertainment industry over the time. From the 80s till date, child artists have been pillars of several shows and it has been amazing, to say the least.

However, in modern television, with extreme exposure, the criterion has changed massively and that too at an alarming rate. Here, I analyze the fact that is the treatment to child artists on television done correctly today? Are they even 'children' anymore?

When Innocence was portrayed as Innocence...

Going down the vault, I am not sure many would remember the classic TV series, 'Kachchi Dhoop' presented by veteran Amol Palekar. The 80s show had the-then 'Maine Pyar Kiya' star, Bhagyashree in the lead role when she was in her teens along with two other brilliant child actors. The series was termed to one of the well-crafted series and it remains the same even today.

Not that it did not explore the 'modern topics'; the show presented how children experience jealousy, insecurity, love, anger and apprehensions with their siblings, friends, and peers. However, not once does one feel that there is any sort of dichotomy between the actual concept and the way it is presented.

The flashes of disappearance started to appear!!

One of the popular shows back in the 2000s was the robot-comedy, 'Karishmaa Ka Karishmaa' which was an adaptation of the English show, 'Small Wonders.' While there couldn't have been anything cuter than the sweet little girl indulge in the various adventures which were honest and hilarious, there were some factors that made one realize that the 'innocence' and honesty' may be on its way out. Though it was purely acceptable that a robot super kid can do anything, but there were scenes when the little girl was ruffled rather scaringly, made to say words practiced by adults, etc.

Today's child actors are not 'Children' anymore...

As much as we keep whining about technology being responsible for the apparent deterioration of kids' mental and psychological abilities, that is not the case completely. A little kid, who should ideally be enjoying his golden days is made to slog for 16 hours of shooting every day, made to remember dialogues instead of educational apparatus and exposed to every possible thing which is not 'ideal'. Technology takes a backseat when human acts come into play.

It is the sheer nature of TV viewing that has been detrimental to the kids!!

Portraying 'realistic' TV shows is fantastic and there cannot be anything better; however, child artists are made to slog for acing those intense scenes at times.

A little girl is forced by two goons who press a kerchief on the kid's face forcefully to kidnap her.

One of the most preposterous scenes that I came across and the one that got my blood boiling was in the Colors' show, 'Udaan'.

'GODDESS ENTERS IN LITTLE CHAKOR' The little Chakor (Sparsh Khanchandani) going through the struggle to freedom goes through a phase, where 'Devi enters the body of Chakor' and Sparsh was made to act like a person who is possessed. Seriously? How in the world is any of this justified? Where is the 'kid' in this mess?

Little girls made to cry and howl as captured by terrorists, little girls made to scheme and plot against old women and the little girls are made to act like boys, little girls made to pay Goddesses, little girls made to perform scenes in cold and chilling water and what not! These factors are just some instances we are talking about.

This 'exposure' needs to be controlled...

While I am not against the inclusion of child actors in various daily soaps, it is the treatment of these kids is what matters. Taking the practical matters into account, we understand that modern TV demands erratic working hours and tiresome schedules, but it is the absolute duty of the makers and the parents to make sure that it is limited to the maximum extent.

It is important that the kids remain 'kids' for the maximum period of time. We are not talking about the eradication of the concept of child actors in TV shows, we are only talking about damage control.

What do you have to say about the same? Leave in your comments below.
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Posted on: 20 August 2017 at 1:00pm
Miss the brilliance of Waaris before the ten year leap

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Posted on: 14 August 2017 at 9:30am
Naamkaran rocks
Zain imam and aditi rather is best

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Posted on: 07 August 2017 at 4:04am
Commenting again for Waaris
Sania Touqeer was awesome as Manu.

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Posted on: 06 August 2017 at 10:20pm
commenting for naamakran .

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Posted on: 06 August 2017 at 9:17pm
I think children are being used for TRP ...The parents, directors and story writers all need to become more human and stop this child abuse...

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Posted on: 06 August 2017 at 9:01pm
I agree wit article ...parents have to be blamed...poor kids loose their for so long hours ..and in most of the cases cant ecen complete their eduaction...they start feeling entertainment industry is eqsy to survive...

the get to know the truth when thy grow up and roles start to dry up this guys get frustrated...

and this kids end up talking up nonsense most of the time...they have no clue what they talk...

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Posted on: 06 August 2017 at 5:18pm
Commenting for Yeh Hai Mohabbatein's Ruhanika Dhawan!

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Posted on: 06 August 2017 at 4:19pm
Commenting for Waaris only

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Posted on: 06 August 2017 at 12:56pm
I totally agree with the article.

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Posted on: 06 August 2017 at 12:00pm
I agree. I think blame lies mostly on the parents. Instead of u working u bring ur kid to work and sit back and watch it. Some scenes they are made to act and grown up things they have to say is appaling. I am seriously concerned about the mental health. Even though its acting and scripted some kids are abused, said degraded things etc

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