Why Hindi serials need to grow up.

 

I watch How I met your mother, Big Bang Theory, Castle, Boston Legal etc and I just can’t help but wonder why we do not have such awesome series in India. Our own Desi Version of these super cool series.

It is so annoying to see mothers hooked to Saath Nibhana Saathiya which has absolutely no plot and have the most depressing characters.The super stupid and naive Gopi, with her intelligent control-freak mother-in law. The Adarsh bahu and her Saas( Mother in law).

Then there is Simar and Roli crying in every episode. Not to forget the lovers Saraswati chandra and Kumud Sundari  who romance and plan to get married but never do because the  vamps never let them get married.Dedicated to their families happiness and none of their own.We also have hopeess romantic girls who think their only aim in life is to keep their husbands happy like Ichcha , Lajo , Pankhudi. This portrayal of girls is  completely different from their real life characters of strong-independent woman who knows her mind.

The only tele-serials which I find stand out on their own is Diya Aur Baati and Balika Vadhu at least in these two serials the script writers show women who have aspirations outside their duties as a wife and a daughter in law. These two women have career aspirations as Sandhya is a soon to be IPS officer and Anandi is a social activist and have carved an identity for themselves outside their husband’s name.

Why don’t we have meaningful ones where women don’t dress at home like they were at a wedding.Which woman of this age wears long anarkalis and net sarees while cooking at home?

Now one more query, how many joint families are present in today’s society? Why does every serial contain joint families and palatial houses? If not palatial houses they show chawls, haven’t our script writers lived else where?

Why does every serial have a village girl married to a guy from a city and she makes him realize how amazing it is to be traditional? Can’t the directors dare to show story of modern youth who live their lives on their own terms, the youth who work hard and party hard, get drunk ,get sloshed not when they are drugged without their knowledge as shown in serial. Why don’t directors want to portray real struggles of people not the silly fights in the household on how the bahu didn’t make the food right. Why do the directors have an aversion towards anything modern, a modern girl in a short dress is always the villain and if by any chance is the heroine then she will surely get converted into saree wearing tea making adarsh bahu.

Don’t the directors realize this even after being around women who work for 16 hours everyday to finish their shoot and then go home not sit at home and be the abla naari that they show women as.

Actually I find the villains have a better portrayal than the hero and heroine . They are the people who get what they want at any cost, who don’t believe in ap-shagun and superstition, they don’t cry over petty issues, they are strong, bold and beautiful unlike the heroines.

I can’t even find a reason why there is a hero in a serial, because later on the story is going to revolve around the heroine saving the family from all the wicked gold-digging vamp.There is no proper story written for the serial hero. Like the heroine is just an arm candy in hindi cinema , in hindi serial  hero is the arm candy.

One good thing about hindi serials is that even though you don’t watch them on regular basis and if you watch them even after a year you wouldn’t have missed anything because the plot remains the same as ever.Atmost only thing that would have changed would be that the hero or heroine would have got a plastic surgery after falling off from a cliff.The heroine who died in the accident would have come back or the twin/ identical hero or heroine faced villain would be troubling hero or heroine.Heroine will be in a dilemma on whether or not to sign the divorce papers or the property to save her family succumbing to the blackmail by the vamp.

Why can’t we have sit-coms in hindi rather than boring spineless gopi bahus? Why can’t we have cute amazing dads like castle who are still so desirable? Why can’t we have some Sheldon coopers in our hindi serials and few Beckket’s who live life on their own terms and maybe a few Alan Shores, with the mildest dose of tradition without plastic surgeries, reincarnation and time leaps. Hindi serials need to come up with strong story lines and scripts to keep up with the modern times. Enough with the heroines with kadai in their hands and tears in their eye

Seriously grow up hindi serials we deserve and expect a lot better from you 🙂

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6 comments

    1. I’m glad You enjoyed reading the write up. Yeah I do follow Tumhari Pakhi occasionally.It is pretty entertaining so far no comments on its future.But the thing that amazes me is that the lead actor Anshuman(Iqbal Khan) has stayed in the serial for quite some time now, given his track record of quitting every serial he joins this is a surprise 😀 😛 😀

      1. does he really? Well I started noticing him as an actor in his last three serials 1. Sanjog Se Bani Sangini as Rudra, 2. Yahaaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli as Dr. Viren Roy and now in Tumhari Paakhi as Anshuman and then he did an episode in Teri Meri Love Stories as Nikhil and so I watched these shows from start to finish and I am so glad he did not leave those serials but stuck with them to the end. He must have left serials earlier in his career way before these. So perhaps his track record is improving. I hope he sticks with Tumhari Paakhi as he did his last two. He is an amazing actor.

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