We who belong to the Generation Y, hate most of the soaps that appear on Indian TV, but few can truly hope to escape them. Our moms, aunts and grandmoms are still hooked onto these shows, and every breath they take hinges on what’s happening in the lives of Simar, Pragya, Ganga and Shivanya– among others.
However, a new video released on Friday – ironically starring TV actors – takes satirical potshots at those addicted to daily soaps.
In the video uploaded by YouTube channel Aur Dikhao, actors Abhinav Shukla, Dheeraj Dhoopar, Jay Soni, Vishal Malhotra, Juhi Parmar and Devoleena Bhattacharjee not only make fun of idiot box addicts but also laugh at their own television personas.
Kumkum was Juhi’s most-loved TV serial and Abhinav Shukla has worked in daily soaps such as Diya Aur Baati Hum. While Dheeraj is best known for his role in Sasural Simar Ka, Devoleena is popularly known as Gopi vau – her onscreen name on the show Saath Nibhana Saathiya. Jay has worked in several TV serials, including Sasural Genda Phool, and Vishal has essayed several roles in films as well as TV shows.
Speaking on his participation in the video, Dheeraj told Hindustan Times: “The concept (of Soapaholics) is similar to that of Saturday Night Live, which parodies contemporary culture and politics. The show features a varying cast of men and women from various walks of life. This video is also a parody of Indian TV shows and famous characters drawn from them.”
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Dheeraj said they decided to launch a web series because the internet was an excellent medium of connecting with people, especially those from the younger generation. “Nobody is mocking TV. I look at it as an ability to laugh at oneself. And what better way than the internet to drive the traffic back to TV?” he added.
Comparing the video with Saturday Night Live may be a little bit of a stretch, but the video definitely hits the right nail. Watch it for yourself, and share your thoughts in the comment box below.
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