Daily TV serials and shows have captured all our attention! Whether it’s the heart-warming ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ or ‘Uttaran’; different conceptually as well as technically these serials win hearts!
Taking a list of some popular serials currently running on Indian television, ‘Diya Aur Baati Hum’, ‘Saath Nibhaana Saathiya’, ‘Qubool Hai’ and ‘Beintehaa’, what is common in all of them? Conceptwise, they are more or less the same; they all have elements of romance, family drama and the Saas-Bahu sagas! Though, definitely, these serials have also encouraged our Indian audience, sometimes made them cry, and at times made them learn something in life too! Yes, the drama sometimes gets too much, calling it hamming too at times; but there is a huge audience for the typical family drama serials.
Take a look at some American series like ‘The Listener’, ‘X-files’, ‘Two and Half men’ and even ‘Citizen Khan’! ‘The Listener’ is a slick flick based on a man who can listen to sounds very far away and assists the Police in solving crimes. Something different yet well-conceived! ‘X-files’ is based on the supernatural and has been on for many years. Agent Moulder and Scully have become household names and this series has gripped the audience. Comedy you ask; take a look at ‘Citizen Khan’ on a Pakistani man based in London and his quirky jokes. ‘Two and Half men’ is more like a daily serial which has a man with his son staying with his brother and the situations they are put in. A ‘man or boy’ serial, ladies love watching it too! ‘Sex and the city’ is one of the most viewed serials and the reasons are obvious. Girls and guys are hooked on to it.
Where Indian serials and shows never miss to touch the emotional chord of the audience, Hollywood TV serials seem more practical. Yes, they do shed a tear here and there; but call it culture difference; they are different yet good in their own respect. Viewing both Indian and Hollywood TV serials and shows give us an idea of their audience, their culture and habits. Though, American serials are crisper and don’t really seem unending like the Indian serials, Indian serials are also now foraying into this with ‘24’, ‘Yudh’ and channel ZINDAGI’s one month serials.