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Idiot box reality check

Plots with skewed and extended scripts, character replacement and that ol’ tale of revelations and painstaking wait for the denouement in television tearjerkers is a passé. The audience is no fool to just gobble up what’s served to them. t2 finds out from the new-age viewers what they want to see on the small screen.

Dragging can be dangerous!

It’s time to give a break to the long-running and winding serials. The viewers are now giving thumbs down to the dragging plots of soap operas. Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, Uttaran and Balika Vadhu top the list. Gone are the days when all girls mourned when a popular character of a serial died or was replaced with a new face. Remember the hysteria when Mihir Virani (Amar Upadhyay) in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi had died? People became so devastated that producer Ekta Kapoor had to totally change the plot and bring him back to life!

Actors going into coma, rebirths, cases of lookalikes no more shocks or interests the audience, as they consider themselves to be sensible enough to not fall for such hackneyed ideas. Slack storylines can be fatal for the TRPs (television rating point) too.

“When I was pursuing my graduation Uttaran began. I am a graduate, but the serial is still on-air. I really need a break,” said Kanak, 22, a student of Magadh Mahila College. Uttaran went on air in 2008 on Colors TV and is still revolving round the same plot with a few new entries of characters.

The repetition and predictability are the most annoying elements in the story. For instance, when someone new and sinister appears, he’s inevitably someone’s long-lost son, or the real father of one of the kids…blah…blah. And when someone dies, he or she will make a comeback a year later with ahem… amnesia! (Gasp)

Better quit than never

After the recent announcement by Star Plus that since Barun Sobti aka Arnav is quitting the popular TV drama Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon, the show will come to an end, viewers heaved a sigh of relief. When t2 asked a few girls what they felt about the sudden wrap-up of the serial and if they would miss their heartthrob Barun, here is what they had to say.

“Since Barun has quit it’s good that they have packed up as I would not have like to see Khushi (Sanaya Irani) paired with any other actor. If the producers wanted to continue with the serial, then they should have gone for a completely new cast,” said Sagarika, 20, BBA student, Patna Women’s College.

“I still remember the day when Sushant Singh Rajput left Pavitra Rishta on Zee. It was very difficult to adjust with the face of Hiten Tejvani as Manav. I couldn’t accept him as Manav, so I stopped watching. So I feel it’s good that Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon is off-air,” said Nidhi, 24, Patna College.

“I am a big addict of serials and that too romantic ones. Producers can replace the face of lead with a new one, but how will they replace the chemistry between the two actors? It’s better to bring the serial to an end rather than dragging on with new actors,” said Kanchan, MA English student, Magadh Mahila College.

Barun Sobti, actor: “I just don’t want to limit myself to a single character. If you don’t experiment with your skills, the audience will gradually get bored. It matters to me more that the fans are losing interest in me than TRP. The reason for me quitting Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon was that I have few projects from Bollywood. This is high time to think about my career. But yes, I am really thankful to my fans for giving me immense love and encouraging me to take risk with my career.”

Yes to romance, big no to sex

Guys this is high time when you all should switch on the idiot box and watch serials. It can be hazardous for you if you miss any of the episodes. Oh yes! The girls want their boyfriends to watch these operas regularly so that they will come to know the real meaning romance! So guys don’t wait for the next mushy flick by Shah Rukh Khan, as the lead actors of small screen seem be the latest love gurus doling out tips to please your lady.

“I am single and ready to mingle. But have not found a single man as romantic as Sujal (Rajiv Khandelwal) in Kahiin Toh Hoga. Finally, I have decided that I will only fall for a guy who has not missed a single episode of Kahiin Toh Hoga. I know it’s weird, but I want it that way!” gushed Pallavi, 23, preparing for CAT.

“The way Arnav (Barun) held Khushi’s hand, the way R.K. (Vivian Dsena) scolds Madhu (Drashti Dhami) in Madhubala-Ek Ishq Ek Junoon with his eyes glued on hers, I simply adore it. For me, this is romantic — soft and sensible,” said Khushboo, 21, third-year BBA student, Magadh Mahila College, when asked what romance means to her.

Attention, directors! Just avoids bold intimate scenes. The audience believes in love without any physical involvement. Such scenes are mood spoilers as it becomes very uncomfortable to watch them with family members around.

“Serials are the only programmes that you can watch with your parents. My mother is a big addict of serials, but if any bold scene is shown over and over again, the very next day the serial is scrapped from the list of our favourites,” confessed Shazida Kareem, 20, BBA student, Patna Women’s College, who was warned not to see a single episode of Bade Acche Lagte Hain after the sizzling and controversial intimate scenes between Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanvar. Viewers of popular television soap Bade Acche Lagte Hain were in for a big surprise when the lead actors Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanvar indulged in a liplock which was part of good 17 minutes long love-making scene.

Call for seasons

Cut the long story short and go for seasons is what the viewers want at present. Just like the American sitcoms (top How I Met Your Mother aired on Star World) in which television series without fixed lengths are usually divided into seasons with yearly or biannual instalments of new episodes.

So, instead stretching the plot, give the serials a break and spice up each season with new characters and twist in the tale.

Kitni Mohabbat Hai Season 1 and Season 2 aired at on NDTV Imagine topped the list of TRP and gained a lot of popularity. The audiences loved to see their favourite couple but in new and interesting plots.

“Seasons come up with new storylines and introduction of new character, but the leads of the serials remain same. I loved both the seasons of Kitni Mohabbat Hai and hope other serials too take a cue from this one,” said Jahanvi, 21, student of economics third-year, Patna Women’s College.

Shambhavi Singh

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