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‘TV reflects the nature of relationships in our society’

TV analyst Anil Wanvari of Indian explains why and how have relationships evolved on the tube.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2010 18:43 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Television subtlety attempts to reflect the state of affairs in current day society. Today, if you find shows involving a man marrying multiple women, or a woman marrying multiple men or friends backstabbing each other or youngsters abusing and fighting with one another, it’s all because society has become more open about these things.

Men and women in Indian society have been polygamists for time immemorial. Historic texts prove that. The only glitch then was that there was no TV and no media to capture what was happening in society. Hence, today with its presence all around us, it does just that.

There are certain groups of people: those who’re conservative, those who’re contemporary and those who try to dabble in both. I, as a parent have kept myself approachable to my teenage kids, because I think running away from questions about sex, drinks and life, will only drive them to learn about them the hard way.

Most parents who feel that shows like

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are disturbing for their children, they must learn to guide them to not let these shows get to their heads. As for TV serials, they are dealing more openly with the man-woman-society relationships today. They also portray more and more working women on TV today.

There are plenty of examples of multiple marriages and even live-in relationships today. TV only reflects the hotch-potch state of relationships. We just need to take it with a pinch of salt. Back in the day,



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reflected the social fabric of those times, most appropriately. Times have changed and so have perceptions and presentations.

First Published: Mar 07, 2010 14:16 IST