It was after the (in)famous episode in the daily soap Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi in which sabka laadla Mihir died that we realised the maddening effect it had on public at large, including my mother. It happened unexpectedly without the slightest warning, and the mamta of every Indian mother everywhere in the world came out in full force; rejecting, objecting and denying any such possibility. Ditto with my Mom. She cried so much we’d begun feeling a little jealous of the affection she had for Mihir. 🙁
Till then, my father, who quietly (primarily since he had no choice) allowed my mother to be a dedicated Ekta Kapoor serials fan, banned daily soap viewing at our place, with immediate effect. He made her take an oath on all her gods and himself and us that she won’t see even the repeat telecasts while he was away during the day (well, not literally, but she was warned nevertheless :P).
Since we had the option to actually see something of our choice on tv after that we all went berserk. The countless cds/dvds that had started gathering dust came out, news channels got new viewers, happy channels like SAB, music channels, etc. started playing at our place even during late hours. 🙂
As far as I was concerned, I was never a soap person. Hindi ones were a big no-no, for a simple reason that they were very predictable. Sometimes, I felt I did a better job than their writers of taking the story ahead. On the other hand, Friends, Seinfeld, Boston Legal and a select few had to be seen every time they were aired.
Once in a while though, something catches my fancy. Recently, one such soap that had me interested was Kya Hua Tera Wada on Sony. Not that I expected it to be something out of the world, but it appeared like it would show the matured life of a middle-aged couple with kids and responsibilities. Mona Singh and Pradeep Singh are plausible actors, making the whole setting look authentic.
Anyway, I bless myself for restricting my viewership to the promos that are kept updated to the latest episode. The whole story goes like this: A dedicated wife. A bored and adjusting husband. Cute kids. A successful career woman. An extra-marital affair.
The outcome: Two strong headed women fighting over a confused man who has no b***s. *Grrrrrr*
Seriously, can’t we grow up or should we start plagiarizing soaps too? So much dearth of imagination in a country where we produced serials like Buniyaad, Lifeline and even the recent Astitva. Sad. 🙁