How a 'LEAP' is used as an EXCUSE to stereotype Indian TV shows!

Just when things don't seem to be working fine, a 'leap' is introduced.

Sunday, July 02, 2017 | 6:00:49 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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The battle between content and stereotypical presentation on television continues to intensify with ages passing by. Shows come, shows go, but the war is always on.

The makeshift is surely happening, but the pace is slower than that of a snail. Courtesy, the urge to be competitive and successful, several content-driven presentations have succumbed to run-of-the-mill viewing when it comes to Indian television.

Today, I would like to highlight how several shows were launched with a lot of promises, but turned out to be everything we never wanted them to be.

Time and again, a LEAP has been introduced as an excuse to cope up with the number game, however, what follows is most often than not, quintessential drama.

The Beginning is the Best Part

Before talking about anything, the least thankful we can be is to the fact that we've seen the phase where TV was dominated by shows like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kahani Ghar Ghar Kii to present age, where we have shows like P.O.W - Bandi Yuddh Ke and Beyhadh among others.

Apart from them, there have been several shows in recent times which were launched with a lot of promises and expectations - Uttaran, Udaan and more recently,Naamkarannto name a few. These shows not only caught the attention immediately had everyone applauding the sheer guts that it takes to take up unconventional concepts for celluloid presentation.

The Initial Days Could Have Been Better

Be it Uttaran or Udaan, the idea of both the shows were undeniably a winner in the first place. From a show being about a maidservant's daughter who is deprived of materialistic things and is friends with a rich girl to a show about a little girl going against the autocratic and unjust ruling in her village; the sheer truth was brought before the masses and child actors, Sparsh Khanchandani and Spandan Chaturvedi couldn't have done it better.

Then comes the 'Need' to PLEASE everyone

However, things begin to degrade herein and the makers along with the channel decide that 'Ok, we have decent viewership; but how do we get decent to become immense.' This desire is fulfilled by doing what everyone does and there goes 'Run-Of-The-Mill.'

A LEAP, marketed as the 'Leap of Faith'

Almost every other TV show has adapted the format of presenting a leap in order to spice up things or increase drama. From a 15 days leap to 24-years leap, we have seen it all. However, when a show is unable to sustain viewership for being 'real' and 'straight', a leap comes to the rescue.

For example, once the leap was introduced in Udaan or Uttaran, it was all about how X person was plotting against Y person and how there was betrayal, drama, tears, and of course, some gobsmackingly illogical sequences. I mean, from being a show about the 'udaan' of Chakor (Spandan Chaturvedi/Meera Deosthale), the show now focuses on the complicated love stories of the four leads. And that's not it, there have been more such shows - Balika Vadhu, Kaala Teeka and Veera to name a few.

Naamkarann justified it all overwhelmingly

While some makers may vehemently deny the above 'allegations', things couldn't have been more obvious when it comes to Star Plus' drama Naamkarann. We still remember how pleasantly surprised all of us were with the initial episodes of the show, which showcased a little girl's struggle to have an identity along with her mother who also doesn't have a real identity due to her husband's secret life. The next thing we know is little Avni (Arsheen Naamdar) was shown scheming, hating, disrespecting and even being cruel towards Dayawanti (Reema Lagoo). And when all that did not seem enough, the ingenious trend was ready to be adopted by this show too. At one point, the actors from the show even confessed that they were forced to spice up the show in order to sustain and even increase viewership.

Soon, a leap was introduced where Avni (Aditi Rathore) is vengeful with the assistance of Neela (Sayantani Ghosh) and has multiple possible love angles with Neil (Zain Imam) and Ali (Gautam Vig). The unconventional drama became bluntly conventional and how!

The Sad Truth

Taking all this into account and cribbing about it doesn't deny that one sad and disheartening truth. The truth that this change actually works for the show and the makers. When a show gets stereotypical and over-dramatic, that's when viewers, somehow, get intrigued. The ratings of all the above shows were fair till they showed unconventional content, but increased visibly after going conventional and mainstream..

We were fortunate to witness a show like P.O.W - Bandi Yuddh Ke on television, but did we make the most of it? Absolutely not! The ratings were negligible and we switched over to cringe-worthy sagas otherwise.

It's about Time that the Change happens

The transition period in media has begun and the digital boom is the best example for it, where genuinely good content is finally getting appreciated. However, it's about time that the same happens for the masses and the idiot box doesn't stay idiot anymore.

What do you feel about the same? Leave in your comments below..
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Posted on: 03 July 2017 at 11:32am
Some shows hv illogical leaps.

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Posted on: 03 July 2017 at 7:55am
You are right about Beyhadh being good only in the initial days. Jennifer is still brilliant but the show is...*facepalm*.

Naamkarann on the other hand, I fear it is becoming conventional and hope that the makers will do something different soon.

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Posted on: 03 July 2017 at 5:43am
Naamkarann is one of the best show... Zain Imam and Aditi Rathore u guys are gr8 as Avneil... Hope to see some constructive content being shown...

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Posted on: 03 July 2017 at 5:02am
I completely agree the writers. We are what we see! It's high time people should be introduce with good story based shows that have a strong message, We need shows that force audience to change their mind set, accept and respect others point of view and struggles and not the other way round.

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Posted on: 03 July 2017 at 2:47am
Zain Imam and Aditi Rathore are perfect as Avneil in Naamkaran..!!!!

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Posted on: 03 July 2017 at 2:21am
Only show which showed progress through Leap is KRPKAB , Else all the mentioned shows have become pathetic . When Naamkaran was excellently executed it was fighting to survive but now it is crap and in top 5 shows, shows how it is audience to be blamed than makers .

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Posted on: 03 July 2017 at 1:54am
I didnt watch Naamkaran pre leap. Therefore cannot comment on the story. But post leap I found the characters quite endearing. Especially Neil who's a smart and grounded guy. He has a job too, and we actually see him work! Better than most Male leads I see on Indian TV. On that score they got it right.

But even I would like to have seen Avni be succesful on her own and not have to be Mrs Neil Khanna to have an identity, or become a Mahaan bahu. (which she is becoming). I want for once to see a normal woman. Is that too much to ask? But having said that, I cant deny the love story between AvNeil is just yum! Zain Imam and Aditi Rathore loving you guys as AvNeil.

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Posted on: 02 July 2017 at 11:11pm
Would have loved to see Avni as a successful IAS, Doctor or Police Officer. Her having individual identity without being dependent on the father's or husband's name would have justified the show's name Naamkaran.
I hope they forget the part where she was shown as thief as it was a big blunder done by creatives.
Zain Imam and Aditi Rathore are doing great job.

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Posted on: 02 July 2017 at 5:16pm
Although I agree that naamkarann makers failed to bring about change by ignoring and forgetting avni's promise that she would become more successful than dayavanti and daya herself would do her naamkarann, the show still rocks after the leap. I do wish they would have showed avni becoming a successful career-oriented woman under neela's guidance and support after the leap instead of a thief for no reason. love Zain Imam and Aditit Rathore.

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Posted on: 02 July 2017 at 11:38am
Naamkarann handled leap in the best way..Aditi Rathore and Zain Imam are great as AvNeil.. <3

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