At least one person in every Indian household will have the habit of watching serials and this is what I want to talk about. It may be entertaining but let’s take a moment to consider what we are actually watching.
Firstly, most of these serials go on forever. They can drag up to 5 years, which makes it boring. There are too many twists in the plot and it’s easy to lose track of the events that happen.
Secondly, why is the plot always centred on love and family issues? You may argue that this is to reach out to the audience and make it more relatable to them. Okay, but why not try something different once in a while?
There are so many other issues that people go through, like dealing with tough bosses, meeting expectations and fighting stereotypes.
Why not pick one of these issues? Why not tell a story from a man’s point of view? Why not portray women as an independent working mom, who can balance her life well, take time out for herself, and handle a car breakdown like a pro? And what’s with the naagins and saas-bahu dramas? Why isn’t the plot more realistic?
The protagonist can’t be as perfect as portrayed and the antagonist surely has some conscience left in them that’s not portrayed.
Dear content creators, is this really the limit of 'creation'? You may ask me not to watch these shows if I don’t like them. Please understand that this isn’t about me. I am worried about those people who watch this and enjoy it. Do you realize what you are putting into their heads? You are in a position to influence thousands of people and turn their thinking around. Then why not use it to help break stereotypes and bust myths?
India is developing, and as a part of media, I think you need to keep up with this progress. You have a lot of resources at hand, and I would love to see you use them to aid progress in India.
Who am I you ask? I am Veda (let’s just call me that for now), a twenty-something who has resorted to writing to speak my mind out. I do agree that there are a lot of Indian shows, which have come up recently, which are new and different. However, I want the majority of them to change, which is why I am writing this.