After along day at work, I usually come home and camp infront of the idiot box. What better than some mindless hipshaking -bosom thrusting to take away office blues-but ever since MTV has switched over from music television to reality shows plus weird programming my staple diet has gone for a toss. As a result I am being forced..yes forced to seek recluse in the land of pancaked kitchen politics-Sony,Colors etc.And having your parents stay with you gives you a regional flavor as well.
So we have these serials which have tested my love for the idiot box.
Serial one (called manasputri I think) has our stylish-polyester vamp who is out to destroy the happiness of all who are clad in cotton and hence pure of heart. She steals the inheritance and the boyfriend of our leading lady who is too busy self sacrificing. (sample below).
So when i caught our serial last week-finally the vamp had been vanquished and arrested. And the heroic inspector on the side of law and all that is just went into a slapping frenzy.
“You vixen” (slap)
“You scheming lowlife” (slap)
“I’ ll make sure you are not fit to harm anyone ever” (slap)
While I am all for good prevailing over evil, let me tell you a rotound, potbellied inspector slapping a woman silly isnt my favorite way of achieving that.
Serial two (called parijatam) has the ever suffering wife whose alcoholic, abusive husband doesnt bat an eyelid falling all over other women or killing his own child. Of course he is doing all this under the influence of the stylish-polyester step mom (who is eyeing the family fortune) and we as the Tv audience wait for the day our lady in cotton finally shows him the error of his ways because beneath the binge drinking, infant killing abusive facade lies a heart of gold. Of course filing for a divorce post administering a correctly aimed kick in the nether regions is unheard of.
But the best of the lot comes from Ekta Maata’s stable. Apparently its the in thing in Balaji studios these days to replace havelis with tulsi in angan with stories based on real life set in chawls and other representations of the poor and the helpless. So this story (Bairi Piya) set in what I assume is Vidharbha where farmers are deep in the clutches of the village moneylender. And since they have nothing to pledge most of them being the responsible loving parents they are have pledged their young daughters to him. The money lender then carts these women off to pay off their debt to the village thakur. The main plot point comes when the thakur falls for one such pledged woman-our heroine Amoli. So you ask doesnt all this happen in real life? Maybe it does. But am sure the thakur isnt a former Grasim Mr.India contestant.And yes in real life a rapist thakur is not expected to reform through love for a cat eyed village belle.
My only question is apparently there are viewers who love all this and lap it up resulting in blockbuster TRPs. But isnt there a significant class of people like me who desire to see something closer to our lives and something less cringeworthy. Can YRF television fill this gap? (MahiWay seems promising but I dont want to speak too soon and jinx it).
And Ekta Maata, while once upon a time your serials where so-bad-that- its-good-for-comic-relief, now its just plain crass.
There..am done. Now let me go and watch Splitsvilla-world war three for love(cough.cough.) in peace.