Indian Television serials were roasted by Pewdiepie and it received a lot of back clash from us Indians. Pewdiepie went to take a gig on T series and then it became another subject of debate. But in this national versus anti-national debate people forgot where it all began. Hindi TV drama! No matter how much we try to defend them, deep down we all know how regressive they are.
Most of the Indian Youth today is either watching web series or consuming American Drama like Friends or Grey’s Anatomy.
The Hindi Serial Industry
The content of Hindi serials is under the monopoly of Ekta Kapoor and a few more producers who invest money in the same type of content, the saas-bahu drama.
The girl is the perfect Indian girl who has no possible flaws and her only objective in life is to get her husband’s attention and in some ways to deal with the obstacles created by her mother in law. Women pitting against other women is what they show and earn from. Most of it is not relatable and also very regressive.
But if notice, we will find out that actually the Indian Television industry was not this regressive in the late 90s.
Serials in the 90s
In fact, it produced quality content and also promoted many liberal ideas. On one hand, where Gopi bahu and Simar bear anything even become a mosquito to kill the vamp there in the serial Hasratein a woman left her husband to start a relationship with her married boss. Most surprisingly, they took it maturely.
In today’s serials, there are ambitious women playing the antagonist, their only fixed character. In the 2000s, Astitva showed a career-oriented woman marrying a man almost a decade younger to her. There also was a serial Banegi Apni Baat. It had realistic characters, and beautifully portrayed different relationships: mother-daughter, friends, and lovers.
Comedy In that era
At that time, the comedy shows did not rely on making fun of someone’s body weight or colour to make us laugh but there were shows like Dekh Bhai Dekh, Hum Paanch, and Family No. 1 which make people laugh solely based on their witty dialogues and comic timings.
The 90s had shows like Hip Hip Hurray, Just Mohabbat which addressed most adolescent issues with its own sense of humor. What we have today is a bunch of TV reality shows which say they represent India’s youth but all that they do is have paid dramas and fight including some unrealistic challenges.
We have walked a long way, but backward. Today’s television content cannot be compared with the previous generation’s content. They were way ahead and progressive. Indian audience and content makers should analyze and introspect themselves and question how they can go back to being what they were, broad-minded and progressive.