Posted: 24 September 2011 at 12:05am | IP Logged
Here's evidence: A mature love story (Bade Achhe Lagte Hain);
a relationship between two people from different generations (Kuch To
Log Kahenge); a mature protagonist who reflects on his past and
resurrects his life (Parichay); a family drama that addresses issues
confronting the new generation (Navya) and a rich brat discovering love
and family responsibilities after marrying into a middle-class household
(Sasural Genda Phool). These are some the shows which stand out amidst
the clutter of overblown sentimentality and herald the winds of change
that will free television from run-of-the-mill family dramas.
fiction has entered an interesting phase. The audience is asking for
change. When a 40-year-old man is accepted trying to find love with a
30-plus woman, it means that viewers want to watch realistic stuff,"
says Sony's business head Sneha Rajani. Apparently, Sony wanted
to make Kuch To Log Kahenge for the last two years but hesitated till
the success of Bade Achhe Lagte Hain. "It was kept on the backburner for
two years but we fast-tracked it because if you want viewers to see
your shows then you'd better give them something different," admits
Producer Rajan Shahi of Bidaai, Yeh Rihsta Kya
Kehlata Hai, Havan and Kuch To Log Kahenge says these are exciting times
for television. "I tried to be different in Bidaai and Yeh Rishta, now I
am trying to be more experimental with Havan and Kuch To Log Kahenge.
If the trend succeeds then producers and channels will be encouraged to
explore fresh narratives," he adds.
Sanjay Upadhyay, senior TV
director and ex-channel programmer, says the winds of change started
blowing with Balika Vadhu. "It broke the stereotype but unfortunately
channels and producers misunderstood it as solely an issue-based show.
The result was a slew of hard-hitting and dark stories of poverty and
regressive values," he observes. But the audience was ready for
path-breaking, innovative themes. This was evident in shows like Aap Ki
Antara, 12/24 Karol Bagh and Sasural Genda Phool, which caught the
attention of viewers. "People didn't talk about them much because they
were not trendsetters. But they were catalysts of change," says Sanjay.
Siddharth Tewari of Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo, Navya and Phulwa
feels viewers are always open to different stories and interesting
narratives. Rajan and Sanjay feel that these transformational winds will
gather momentum. "Saath Nibhana Saathiya, Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch
Bahuyen and Pratigya kind of shows will always be there. But the signs
of movement are clearly visible," says Sanjay.http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/showbiz/tv-guide/winds-change-telly-themes-849