Accept it. Television has won our hearts, whether it be daily serials or reality shows. Indian television has grown leaps and bounds since the last decade.
Times have changed since ‘Banegi Apni Baat’, ‘Hasratein’, ‘Dastaan’, ‘Swabhimaan’ and ‘Tara’, isn’t it? The last few years have brought about new concepts and a lot of women-oriented serials, whether it be ‘Maryaada.. lekin Kab Tak’ and even the Saas-Bahu sagas like ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahut Thi’. Women have been given a very strong role in comparison to their male counterparts. Shows like ‘Diya Aur Baati Hum’ encourage women to follow their dreams even after marriage. Moreover, shows like ‘Gumrah’ on Channel V and ‘MTV Webbed' have come up in the past few years alerting teenagers on important issues like misuse of the web and matters of the heart!
Offbeat concepts have come up in terms with the current generation. Whether it be ‘Balika Vadhu’ displaying the tradition of child marriage or the story of suicide bombers in ‘Yeh Hai Aashiqui’ which portrays love stories in very different circumstances. Love stories and mainly, horror serials have also got a major makeover! Remember the Ramsay horror serials; today’s horror serials have fewer spoofs and more class to it! Serials with love concepts also display current complications which could take place and reality of life, compromise and sacrifice.
Where reality shows have cropped up with such shows coming one after another in dance, singing, comedy and any type of talent rather, these shows provide a platform for a lot of talented people, things unseen ten years back! Add to this, dramatic shows like ‘Big Boss’ and ‘Emotional Atyaachaar’! Mythology has also got a makeover in terms of technicalities; even the actors’ costumes and jewellery in serials have gone through a lot of detailing! Production houses have a lot of successful serials to their credit like ‘Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi’, ‘Bade Acche Lagte Hain’ and ‘Jodha Akbar’ to mention just a few.
With ‘24’ and ‘Yudh’ foraying into the Indian Television, the audience gets to view a new version of serials! Within these ten years, serials have observed progress technically as well as theme-wise.