Saturday, March 13, 2010

85.Women in TV serials

Have you noticed the portrayal of women in the current crop of serials on major Hindi channels? A ridiculous sense of sacrifice is what must have drawn your attention. In one serial, a woman serves a long jail term to save from punishment her step-daughter who has committed a murder. She is kicked, abused, slapped and tormented in every possible manner, but shamelessly goes on tolerating everything to bring happiness to about half a dozen step-children and other members of her husband’s family.

In another serial, a young girl lets her fiance marry her benefactor’s daughter who has taken fancy for him. The poor fellow discovers only after the marriage that the girl he married was not the one he loved.

In yet another serial, a young widow is tortured and abused by her husband’s family which holds her responsible for her husband’s death.She is ready to suffer all humiliation including getting her hand burnt and pretends to marry a person twice her age just to please her husband’s family.

Such characters do not inspire anyone. They invite ridicule and not respect. These are not the characters today’s women will like to emulate or should emulate. The kind of sacrifice these characters propagate compromises women’s dignity and self-respect.

In serials, we want to see women who will do no injustice and tolerate no injustice, women who have the courage to stand up for their rights and fight against odds to get what is rightfully theirs, women who have the resolve to get their tormentors punished so that no one would ever take them for granted.

When will our writers come up with central women characters that act like normal human beings? When will they stop drawing up characters that insult the intelligence of the viewers and reflect their own bankruptcy as writers? Can we hope to see women characters that we can admire and look up to?

9 comments:

rohini said...

Oh sir ,,i often think the same...and with u i also ask the same question to all the producres and directors...the story men...and others....and pray that the noraml human nature should be potrayed on screen...

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Count me out as I will not watch this type of serials. Women have a voice and should use the power of their voice. No more to be downtrodden and abused!

Aviral said...

just shows how many serials u watch...Gotcha!-just kidding...good post btw

R. Ramesh said...

oh god serials..i escaped them..dont watch tv..hehe

BK Chowla, said...

It is sickening.
But, we must also appreciate that it is all about ROI.Such serials have a massive viewer ship and actually are the survival bone of the GEC.

Sucharita Sarkar said...

This is a very valid point that you have talked about. Serials only downgrade and humiliate women by portraying such negative qualities in their women characters.

kavita said...

I wish such a strong platform like tv was used judiciously to bring up issues concerning the society as a whole .Some of the serials in the past like Rajni,Munshi Premchand's Nirmala,Saratchandra's Srikant,Udaan(based on Kiran Bedi's life),Muzreem hazeer ho(Nutan ji in lead role).....not only highlighted some important issues relating to women but also were very captivating and entertaining.Women in present serials are pathetic and very unreal.Bhagwaan bachaye aise entertainment se.

It has been very long that i have stopped watching soaps on TV,and for quite sometime i have limited myself to watch only DD news...the news channels are nothing but mockery .

Good post Onkar jee..thanks.

Kadri Luik said...

I don't watch serials for that reason. In fact I stay away from TV shows, magazines, books ... and so on, that carry this kind of attitude. To watch/read is to encourage in my opinion and I don't want to be the one doing the encouraging.

Deepak Acharya said...

I avoid such serials. Absolutely meaningless and ridiculous.