Indian Television…not a saas-bahu saga anymore

Indian Television is growing by leaps and bounds.It is moving in the right direction-growing bigger,bolder and  experimental.And I am not talking about the Reality shows lurking around on all possible channels (except the pioneering show, India’s very own Sa Re Ga Ma).

A few years ago, the only shows gaining high TRP’s  were the Saas-bahu sagas.But recently ,quite a few channels have come up with fresh and unusual themes.I watch some of these shows off and on and others quite religiously.

One of these is “Kuch Toh Log Kahenge” on Sony.Based on a popular Pakistani series Dhoop Kinare by Haseena Moin,this one is a romance between a 22 year old medical intern and a middle aged doctor.Being a Mohnish Behl fan, I watched the show regularly until it took another typical hindi filmi turn and the doctor met with an accident.And lo and behold!Mohnish had been replaced in the show by Sharad Kelkar.The Times said the reason being money and wifey troubles.The show would have lost a lot of audience.

Another Sony show which I really followed right from the first episode is “Bade Acche Lagte Hai“.This is another love story but this time between a middle aged,overweight and  arrogant business tycoon and a simple,middle class 30 plus woman.And the catch is that love between them happens slowly and gradually after marriage .And the marriage itself takes place under family pressure.Recently,an entire episode was dedicated to how Ram and Priya ,the lead pair,finally consummate their marriage.(Bold as per television standards).The strong point of this show is the acting of Ram Kapoor and Saakshi Tanwar.The title track has incidentally been rendered melodiously by Shreya Ghoshal.Worth a dekko.

Chal sheh aur maat.,a thriller on Colors is another genre which had so far been untouched by television.Though only a week old,the promos of the show look promising.A young bride is on a honeymoon and wakes up to find another man in place of her husband who claims to be her “pati”.I hope the show is able to keep the audiences interests alive as the opening has been promising.

And last but not the least, is a show I would not miss..ParvarishKuch Khatti Kuch Meethi ,again on Sony. A must -watch for all mothers and fathers.This is about nurturing,parenting and loving your children.As the name suggests,the show takes us through the life of two families with five kids in different age groups and how the parents deal with problems and situations that the kids find themselves in.Although we might think we know a lot about parenting ,every child teaches us something everyday.So does this show.It is an eye opener.The areas it touches are very close to our hearts.Whether to be strict with our kids or let them free?Why a teenaged daughter suddenly demands contact lenses?How a fight between parents affects the kids?How to control a child who loses his temper often and resorts to violence?Why  kids today are lured by high end mobiles,I pads and I pods.?How a younger sibling wants a separate birthday party which for so long had always been clubbed with her sister’s?How the parents deal with these situations and come out of it form the crux of the show.The show has gained popularity in a very short span.The reason :its different and fresh and has nothing to do with a saas or a bahu.

So unless there is some dramatic turnaround in the stories of these shows,they are the beginning of a new era on Indian television.