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Kyunki cricket rules the roost

Ekta Kapoor's K-soaps will have to wait for a few days as the Indian Premier League cricket matches have hooked our cricket-crazy nation and broken all TRP records, reports Karan Choudhury.

cricket Updated: Apr 22, 2008 01:38 IST
Karan Choudhury

Boys will always be boys –– and boys love cricket. So Tulsi and Parvati take a break for a few days, because the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches have hooked our cricket-crazy nation and burnt TRP records.

But the ones suffering due to the 20-20 matches are the scores of auntyjis who love their daily dose of soap operas. “I have not been able to follow Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi for four days. The episodes are very important because Smriti Irani is back. But my husband and my son will not let me watch it. For them cricket is more important, who cares what happens in Ba’s life,” said Neeru Chaddha, a distressed soap opera lover from Lajpat Nagar-III.

Chaddha is one of the many people whose sons or husbands or both have banned them from watching TV. “My father and I do not say a word on regular days. But why should we miss the 20-20 matches and watch women who fight over men or scheme against their own families. For the next few days the television belongs to us and no one can do anything about it,” said Akarsh Singla, a student of Delhi University.

The IPL matches, with all their star players, celebrities and of course cheerleaders, have become the talk of town. People are leaving offices to watch the matches and they have become the main point of conversations over the coffee machines.

“IPL has star value. In one match you get to watch your favourite players from all over the world, your favourite film stars doing stunts. The best part is, they get over in three hours so I love watching these matches,” said Nishant Sharma, a call centre employee.

Not wanting to miss their saas-bahu serials, many have decided to take drastic measures.

“If necessary I will buy a separate television. This is not fair. I only watch a select few serials the whole day. I will ask my husband to get me a new TV,” said Piyali Bose, a newly married resident of Chittaranjan Park.