The Indian television scene has changed a lot over the past decades. The analog method of telecast was replaced by the digital signals using satellites. So much has changed in the Indian television industry but the type of serials that are produced hasn’t changed as yet. Even though the bulky television sets at home have transformed into sleek and slim LEDs, but the mindsets of television directors doesn’t seem to change according to the 21st century and that is because they still seem to be stuck with the age old “saas-bahu” wars. There have been serials which were completely out of the box, but sadly could last as long as the conventional ones.
Sometimes you must be thinking “Is it just me or are all serials the same?” The next time this thought comes to your mind don’t forget that it’s not you but it’s the serials that are actually the same. You will observe this even if you are not an avid serial follower (this doesn’t mean that I am
Another thing that you will find similar in most Indian T.V serials are the characters and their dialogues. You will find doting bahus , loving husbands , a not-so-sweet saas , a huge joint family and last but not the least the eldest “baa”. Co-incidentally all the families in all the serials are filthy rich with palace-like bungalows but, in the course of time are forced to stay in a smaller version of their house because of someone who fraudulently obtains signatures on the property papers.
Every conventional TV serial will surely have common sequences such as marriages, a new born baby, a 20 year leap (post which the “baa” still looks the same as before), the husband of the leading lady dies (and surprisingly resurrects even after a bullet fired piercing through his chest), introduction of new (unnecessary) characters who always try to either destroy the family or to throw tantrums. “Main is parivaar ko barbaad kar ke rahungi/rahunga” is one of the most commonly used dialogues by grey characters in many serials. The newly entered grey character starts showing his true colours and that’s when the “bahu” embarks on a quest to unearth the secrets of that character. Complicated situations are created from which the “bahu” emerges victorious and this trail goes on week after week.
An important component of every TV serial is the background score. Apparently they have a background score suitable for every scene. A serious scene will have a serious and deep music, a comic scene will have “toing” , a romantic scene will have soft violins playing in the background , a chasing-the-villain scene will have some fast paced music and every other scene will have the stereotype “la la la la la” . It’s not usually music but also mantras being sung in a different fashion. The background score makes these serials even interesting for those who are serial “bhakts”.
There are some serials that go on for almost 10-15years. Can you imagine 15 years of non-sense?