I decided to research about it, meanwhile I even decided to take an opinion from my friends on a few of my Whatsapp groups about it. I was surprised to see the hatred this serial was getting. Some rational points were made while some others were plain angry, however not one of them had actually watched the serial.
There were a few clips that were sent to me when I was counter attacking their comments, but what I realised was no one had actually gone beyond those few clips and images to see what if it wasn’t the way people were viewing it. It looked a clear case of lemming to me.
I then got into a discussion with a few of my very close friends, people I call rational people in my life. Surprisingly they were angry on the serial too, for its content. But as usual I was intending to counter attack to get deeper into a discussion so that I could get to the root of this hatred. So we discussed and fought for a few days, for not everyone is free at the same time.
The following are the highlights to our arguments and counter arguments.
The content is very regressive
‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’ attempts to show a one-sided romance between a child and an adult woman
I completely agree and I don’t intent do advocate for child marriage be it a nine year old girl or a nine year old boy. The whole story of this serial is based on the fact that the protagonist ‘Diya’ marries the little boy ‘Prince Ratan Singh’ to protect him from his evil relatives.
Even if they still manage to kill him to acquire his business they don’t get it, she does. However after marriage, he has her by his side to protect him at every step that he takes and that is how the name ‘Peheredar Piya Ki’ comes from.
Whatever the reason, it just does not justify a nine-year-old boy getting married to an adult woman in her twenties.
However, I also want to highlight the fact that isn’t most of our TV content regressive? Most of the famous serials, famous in terms of their TRP ratings that most families watch are regressive.
Let me remind you of a few of them. Remember ’Roli’ being married off when she was just a kid in the serial ‘Sasural Simar ka’ to Siddhanth, who was the older brother of Roli’s older sister ‘Simar’s’ husband ‘Prem’. It perhaps did not look that bad because ‘Roli’ did not look her age, she looked older thanks to her amazing height and acting. ‘Sasural Simar ka’ has to be my most favourite on this topic for it simply had the crappiest content from the very beginning and later it got so crappy that we couldn’t even laugh it off.
Like how ‘Simar’ the protagonist turns into a fly and all it got was some meme from people all over. Before that the serial had an ‘Iccha Dhari Nagin’ who played an important role and it went on for a couple of months. There was this one time how ‘Roli’ suddenly dies and then they manage to find another girl who looks exactly like ‘Roli’ (I wonder if finding identical twins who are not born in the same family are so easy, I wish I could find mine just like that someday. It will be so cool to have a sister who looks like me from another mother and let me also add father).
Let me spare this serial, I can actually go on here but I’ll ask you’ll if you remember how many times did ‘Mihir’ from the very famous ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ die and then even come back? Or how ‘Iccha and Tapasya’ of ‘Uttaran’ kept exchanging husbands and also having kids with almost each of them? And how they introduced a witch in the serial ‘Qubool hai’ for gaining more TRPs? How domestic violence was shown without any reluctance in ‘Doli Arhaano Ki’. This list can go on, however I will just point out a few more names of the serials that did well for its TRP’s despite having regressive content – Kumkum Bhgaya, Naagin, Ye hai Mohabtein, Tashan-e-ishq, Qubool Hai and many more.
So, if we ask for a ban on this serial for being regressive, we must ask for all these kind of serials to be banned, not just one. But won’t that have our channels go blank for a couple of days? According to me, this serial is facing such backlash only because it is regressive in terms of sexism.
However in my opinion unlike the other serials that started off well, with a interesting plot and then followed suit with regressive content this one got on to the wrong foot with its promos itself.
Who cares if it gets really progressive later? In a country that gives importance to pre conceived notion about sex and relationships, this concept is bound to irk people.
We don’t care if, the content writer was desperate to come up with something new that was not done in any serials before, and they went too far with this one in search of something novel.
The actor compared it with ‘THE GAME OF THRONES’
A still from ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’
Being a massive fan of the series this irked me as well, GOT is a religion not just a tv series that is based on awesome books. I can justify every scene, every plot that the series has had so far. Even when I think rationally about Tommen Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell’s wedding and the sex scene between them.
Though they are older in the book, but they play characters of 9-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl.
GOT shows life of kings and queens, they do a lot of irrational things to stay in politics, but so is this show about a royal family. We never had issues with incest, between Cersei Lannister and Jaime Lannister. We did not even mind the girls who enacted as prostitutes so openly showing off their naked bodies. But we don’t like the fact that a nine-year-old boy is married off to an older girl.
How can the parents of the kid who plays Prince Ratan Sing let him play the role?
Perhaps just very much the way parents of kids who play a role in horror movies do. I remember reading an interview where the director or the parent had said that the child actor did not even know that she was acting in a horror film, for the child never got to see the end result.
What if this serial is given an ‘A’ rating and is taken off prime time would you still want to ban it?
Most of my friends agreed if they dint bump into it at prime time when they like to sit in the TV room with their family and browse it. Also if it is given an ‘A’ rating so that their kids would also not bump into it they wouldn’t care about it being on or off air. In fact we might not even mind it running on if they dint show the relationship between the two and awkward scenes between them.
Summary of this serial that I understand so far