Our Serials--Lets Introspect !

What our serials are showing and what are the latest trends, Aren't they responsible towards society and Nation? Lets analyse..

Sunday, January 25, 2009 | 11:44:53 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Posted on: 25 January 2009 at 9:30am
idk if i agree completely...shows that i have seen always have strong female leads...Ek Ladki Anjaani Si, Thodi Khushi Thode Gham, Hum Ladkiyan, and Baabul Ka Aangan Choote Na, Kulvadhu, and that 1 show with that 1 girl who came from a small gawn to the city for her inheritence...can''t remember her name...oh yea Dhurgesh Nandani. Even in Saat Phere, Saloni isn''t a weak charactar.
So....i think u need to consider the other side of the coin cuz i have yet to see a show where women are weak except for vamps.

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Posted on: 25 January 2009 at 9:22am
Interesting concept and article.

I agree with the points made about women''s lib...that definitely seems to be a department lacking in Indian reason for that may be that the majority of the soap watching audience still is housewives.

About the rest, I think too many sweeping generalizations have been made.

BV does not from any angle ''glamorize'' child fact, it is the only show on TV right now that gives out a clear message against regressive customs...there is a message at the end of each epi showing clearly how these customs affect the childhood of an innocent child...for example, with the way Anandi is not allowed to study, or Sugna''s marriage and her parents worried that she might become a mother too early and her life would be in danger....these are still very real issues in parts of India...I think this show should be commended for bringing this stuff to light. They are balancing entertainment alongside giving a message.

And it is the same for Bidaai as well. Caste and Color prejudice still very much exists in society. Ignoring it or not showing it in TV shows will not make it magically disappear. Bidaai is sending out a message by showing that ppl should rise above such petty prejudices....

At the end of the day, these are dramas...and the trials and tribulations of the protagonists form the crux of any drama....Also a base element of exaggeration will always be there since this is fiction....But as long as the exaggeration doesn''t degenerate to multiple marriages, plastic surgeries etc....I think it''s fine to have this much of a suspension of disbelief.

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Posted on: 25 January 2009 at 8:58am
its not even about even social messages, its about the simple idea of a women being a human being n not jus a wife and a bahu.

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Posted on: 25 January 2009 at 8:58am
I disagree with the fact that Balika Vadhu is discouraging, and glamorized.....
The whole idea of the show is to DISCOURAGE ''Bal vivah'' and as far as I am concerned, the show is the least glamorized TV serial I have watched in AGES....

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Posted on: 25 January 2009 at 8:58am
Women''s libthe last point so very true...also if u notice the working woman meets a gory end(whenever the show ends...prerna, kkusum) while the housewives live happily ever after.

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Posted on: 25 January 2009 at 6:57am
thanxx 4 fa article

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Posted on: 25 January 2009 at 6:43am
shows should have a some sort of conscious social msg as what they show enables justification for the corrupt practices of society. If you see people being segregated by colour or caste or social standing on tv, you seem to find a means to justify your prejudice because it is on tv, we acknowledge such bias happens and so be it!

However, Bidaai seems to have found a way to ridicule those who put such serious emphasis on skin colour by the contrasting of Vasu/Ambika - the darker sister is actually smarter, Sadhna-Vasu - the one who doesn''t judge by skin colour is more loved and the protagonist Ranvir-Indrajit contrast also shows how Indrajet is miserable because he gave so much emphasis to beauty when choosing a life-partner and how ranvir will probably be happier because he chose someone based on more than just beauty. In that way Bidaai has been able to pass a good social msg but to appreciate it, you must think deeper and applaud the use of literary techniques to subtly deliver these msgs!!!

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Posted on: 25 January 2009 at 5:36am
Thanks for the article.

These shows are made with the sole purpose of entertainment and not to give social messages. Audiences prefer it that way.

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Posted on: 25 January 2009 at 5:18am
so agree with the article balika vadhu was suppose 2 show why children should not be married but here we have girls being married n living happily anandi-jagya n sugna is dying 2 go 2 live with her husband n even consumated her marraige before the gavna abt gehna she was fighting but she gave in for house peace n all n now she is forced 2 go through the pregnancy which will cost her life i eman abortion 2 be done ya not should be completely a woman''s decision she has go through 9 months so its her right

abt bandini again girl married 2 a man thrice her age n bidaai it should show ppl should not judge person on their skin colour but here we have vasu n ambika blood sisters but their relation constrained cause of skin colour n ragini facing so many taunts n problems cause of her colour ranvir is supporting ehr now but at a time he will be fed up ppl laughing at him

abt black magic its the recent TRP masala for serial previous birth ghost haunting their lovers n would be brides plzzzzzzzzzz

maya balika vadhu is a documentary drama giving out social message even bidaai

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Posted on: 25 January 2009 at 4:50am
I totally Disagree with the doesn''t make sense..these are shows meant for entertaintment n not documentries yet balika vadhu n bidaai have good messages n Shree is quite entertaining..ya it shows ghosts n black magic but its just a show n ppl''re sensible enuf to distinguish between reel n real...the main reason we watch these shows is for entertaintment n for fun to bust the stress of the day so if these shows''re like boring documentries then whats the point...if ppl need educational programs watch news or discovery channel n skip serials

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