At a time when most of “us” seem to be swayed away by the western television series, there lies another distinctive group who swear by the Hindi daily series. In fact, compared to the magnanimous amount of people who love their Hindi daily serials, we, who swear by our Game of Thrones and Castle, simply stand nowhere. But don’t you think that those serials are sheer mindless crap and nothing else which propounds patriarchy and imposes a false, and sometimes even utopic, portrayal of the society? Here we have got a few reasons which are well enough to convince the government to ban these serials—
At a time when people are slowly understanding the worth of being independent, most of these serials end up showing marriage as the sole motive of life. Be it a career oriented guy, or a modern and realistic girl, marriage seems to be their main target. And, funnily enough, sometimes, they even get geared up to marry the person they hate so that they may teach a lesson to their “partners”. Of course, after a few days, this hatred turns into immortal love! After all, the hero and heroine HAVE to fall in love with each other. It happens only in India.
Most of the serials that are on air are mostly about the richer than the richest people around. They own an array of cars, they are always decked up from top to toe even while asleep, and yet, the women spend most of their times either in the kitchen or at the prayer room. Now, how patriarchal can it get? Besides, nowadays, there seem to be only two group of people around—the middle class (who never has a penny saved for the future) and the richest (whose patent dialogue is, “What a middle class mentality!) Grow up, man!
Now, we have always thought of the period series better than the rest. But with the same trope of a vamp trying to hinder the normal life of a larger than life and great hero, even these period pieces seem to be monotonous. Besides, some history series try to even re-build history by trying to manipulate the “villains” in their own way. Well, we understand that the director may be a failed history scholar, but television is so not the way to show off his/her expertise in the subject. Thank You!
Well, the more child marriage is taking a backseat in the country, the more Hindi daily serials are showing it. Yes, one such serial can be a break from the monotony but too much of it is yet another harbinger of monotony. Besides, in most of the serials, people are shown getting married right after their schools or college—now, what do you have to say about that?
Earlier, television series were thought of as a source of sheer entertainment. But, don’t you think nowadays they have just come out as mere tear machines more than anything else? No matter which teleseries you start, inevitably always you’ll find some person (and, women it is always for men don’t cry) or the other shedding tears over some issue or the other. And, the best part is, they cry when they’re happy, when they’re sad or even when they are bored and have nothing to do to irritate others.
Yes, they are nothing but stereotype propounding machines. Thanks to them, most of the Indians understand that South Indians are never modern, Bengalis cannot speak Hindi and wear Sari in their own typical way, Gujaratis are always about Dhokla and Thepla, Marathis are always middle class and Punjabis are the all about food—and these are only to say the least.
Last but not the least, thanks to these intolerable series, you hardly get to touch your TV remote and learn about the ways of the world or gain some other worldly knowledge in some other channels. And, once you dare changing the channels, you’d have to spend a dinner-less night. The equation is as easy as that.