Better looking women than men in serials may be due to the paucity of good-looking men or it may be due to the fact that women watch serials to see the machinations of relationships whereas men like at least a wee bit of eye candy.Updated: Oct 18, 2006 00:11 IST
I am a movie buff and given a choice, enjoy watching movies in any language. But I don’t understand Hindi serials. Recently, I watched a whole year’s worth of serials — or that’s what it felt like — on a vacation where I stayed with some dear people who loved their serials the way a businessman loves profit.
I saw Hindi serials across five channels for about five hours a day. After such intensive research, here is what I know about them: Every serial believes that Indian men and women in their late 20s and early 30s have grown-up children. And that experienced professors are 30 years old.
Serials use music score from Hindi movies in their storylines, and if that option does not work in a given situation, then they like to use tunes from old English songs.
Every serial has a half-hour time slot. Ten minutes are for advertising. Two minutes for the opening credits and song, eight minutes for the reactions of every character in the scene to what has been said and 10 minutes for the actual dialogues. That’s enough, actually. But as far as telling a story goes, a tortoise might be faster.
Every serial appears to have better looking women than men in every age group. This may be due to the paucity of good-looking men or it may be due to the fact that women watch serials to see the machinations of relationships whereas men like at least a wee bit of eye candy.
Every serial believes that all women must shout to express any deep-felt emotion such as ubiquitous sadness or, more rarely, anger. Why is the heroine of almost every serial a ‘pure’ woman subjected to the evil deeds of relatives? Or why must at least one woman cry buckets in every serial? There are exceptions to this rule — the odd comedy serial where women do not cry but are merely hapless beings. So no serials anymore. Instead I’ll watch the competitive shows that feature stand-up comics or people singing.
The nice thing about these shows is that they have very obliging audiences who love to laugh and sing on cue. Even better is that, sometimes, real talent is unearthed. Of course, getting kids to compete on such a public platform can be rather unethical — many may not recover from public failure. But given that neither programme heads nor the I&B Ministry is bothered about the impact of content beyond ‘skinshow’ angst, I guess the contests will continue. And I know what I will be watching.
First Published: Oct 18, 2006 00:11 IST