I like Ballika Badhu. I think it is sensitively handled. But more than that, it came as a breath of fresh air, and was also executed with a lot of talent, whether it be the story or the acting. But the two new serials based on the girl child, on the same channel, are taking this to ridiculous heights and the follow up by Zee and Star is dismal. So we shift focus from hideously dressed, bickering saas’ and bahus to innocent looking, gut wrenching children. Not nice, I say.
And in the process I lose ‘Jaane Kya Baat Hui’ which was, if nothing else – nice. Different and simple. I’m not much of a television watcher. Even if I do, it’s restricted to movies, loads of sitcoms and forcibly CNBC TV 18. But I do follow a couple of serials, and this was one of them.
The number of hoardings dedicated across the city to these serials reeks of TV war. And as a consumer, somewhere, one becomes aware of the war. And I don’t like that.
P.S. We were a sponsor at one of the TV awards lately. The sight of that little girl from Ballika Badhu coming to accept her award in her costume from the serial was sad, atleast to me. The TRPs have taken over her life. Any peek into her real self will break the spell. And we wouldn’t want that, would we?