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The idiot box

This long weekend was long due, a supposed-to-be vacation of sorts; but it turned out to be generally frustrating. First, we could not decide on a place to go to. Then we could not get last minute deals...and in the end, here we were...four days of chuttis and nowhere to go. The friday went off well, but the next three days were horrible. At home and nothing to do.

Our options were limited too....go for a walk when it is not raining, play scrabble or cards or else just talk. The last option was ruled out immediately after we started (seriously don't know why guys hate it). And after  all this, we still had all the time in the world.

We decided to watch the TV.................Indian serials/entertainment stuff.

Eeeyuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!bad decision!!!!!!

The three of us, we were so disgusted.
Yeah three of us, me, my husband and Delulaa.

Can you believe it!!!!
Indian Television has absolutely nothing to offer.
We tried the regular communities, forums and websites. Tried to hunt for decent movies/serials..............

 All we could find, were news channels (hindi, marathi n english) broadcasting insane news in a gaudy and loud manner, serials with names like Mahek, Jyoti, Dahleez, Hum-Tum, Gutur-Gutur, Balika Vadhu, old episodes of Ekta Kapoor weepies, and some reality shows...all related to song and dance, which instantly made (and still continue to make me think) me think that:
(a) these either might be sobbies or
(b) Comedies, so bad, that you have tickle yourself to just about manage a giggle, and
(c) they would have a bunch of garishly dressed men-women scheming against one another and against a sad protagonist, hamming away to glory.

Absolutely nothing that would be entertaining enough. And the fact that these are thriving means, we have so many jobless idiots in our country and abroad watching them.................ooooff!

Frustrated...we again went out for a walk...leaving Delulaa at home. Guess she was not amused.

N worse, she had her drinks while she watched the old Ekta Kapoor's K saga the time we came back, Delulaa had started contorting her face in what we thought was a fit and was bulging her eyes in a vain attempt to imitate the vamps in the serials. She even wore a weird costume,and even mumbled some vague hindi a tribute to sobbies. Oof!!!

Aniket, my husband, was speechless. He made her sit on the couch...n there she was rambling, "maine sharaab nahi pi hai. mere sanskar aise nahi hai." Poor chap....he was just so aghast.....n devastated....becuase from amongst the drinks that had been opened, was the last can of his favorite beer.

Never again, are we going to let her be on her own!!!!!

The only saving grace was the CID (they have a new title track...say..C, C, I, I, Jee (as in D said in a sopishticated manner), Jee). Daya's darwaza tod us out of the boredom. I mean. How ccan they manage to make such a serial....Sheer entertainment.....Oh ho ho.....Had a good laugh.

There was a time, when weddings used to be stopped for some time, till Ramayan/Mahabharat episode gets done and over with. The newer Kahani Mahabharat ki was a sad joke....n I heard some big designer had styled the artists....guys looked like they were suffering from constipation. Whats with the stubble...dont stylists understand that not all can carry'em off well...well thats a different topic stylists in India actually know style?Am not a fashion person...but common sense can tell what looks good n what not. And the newer Ramayan had speial effects so outdated......It was not funny.

One of the shows that I do watch reruns of, is Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai...awesum show...kinda reminds you of 'Everybody loves Raymond'. they had all the elements saas-bahu fight, scheming, n stuff...but an awesumly hilarious twist to it...realistic characters, realistic clothes. Thumbs up to it. Also there was the Great Indian Comedy show on Star one, in its early days, which had awesum stuff. Will never forget Chutta man, makdi Babua, indi nursery rhymes, etc.

On a more serious note, well, gone are those days of Siddharth Basus's quiz shows (I guess now-a-days he's busy copying.....Oh sorry....adapting international best selling game shows to Indian formats), Britania quiz contest, Yeh jo Hai Mein kya harz hai (dont believe I mentioned the last one..........but it had all the laughs). Mr Sajid Khan...............we need you on Indian television. Forget your movies Sir!!

All we are left with is artificial crap......nothing thats entertaining enough.....everything that would make you wanna kill yourself with frustration. Isn't a nation with so many talented people, capable of coming up with something really unique? My question to all those in serials and television show production....does the teeny-tiny educated class n its tastes matter at all?

I am really waiting for and looking forward to a great Indian TV show, which can get me excited about watching the TV again.

PS: Those who might not have read my earlier posts: Delulaa is my split half...she is my mind.
PS: Have taken images of Clavin n Hobbes and CID from the internet visa google image search and they were already in public domain.


Anil at: Apr 12, 2010, 8:35:00 PM said...

Always told you that the TV WAS an idiot box. You agree to it after 17 years.

Anonymous at: Apr 14, 2010, 3:19:00 PM said...

Seems like you're out of India for quite some time now. Guess it's time for some catching-up :-p

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