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Where is Indian Television Steering? ‘Pehredar Piya Ki’ Shows a Young Boy and Mature Girl in Wedlock

The show features Tejaswi Prakash Wayanganka as Diya Ratan Sing and Afaan Khan as Ratan Singh

Pehredar Piya Ki
A still from television show Pehredar Piya Ki. Youtube

– by Naina Mishra

July 26, 2017: Recently, a show called ‘Pehredar Piya Ki’ has been gaining popularity all for the wrong reasons. The show showcases an uncanny marital bond between a girl and boy. What’s appalling is the age difference between the duos. The boy is merely 10 years old and the girl is eight years older than him. The show features Tejaswi Prakash Wayanganka as Diya Ratan Sing and Afaan Khan as Ratan Singh.

The director of the film ousted the backlash by saying that “there’s no romantic situation. It’s a bonding between the boy and the girl. The scenes are innocent scenes. Ratan, the boy always has a dreamy eye for the girl believing she’s a fairy. He’s always in the same mood and thought.  It’s a special kind of a bond, not romance”, as reported by Desimartini.

Pehredar Piya Ki
A still from Pehredar Piya Ki. Youtube

The male lead, Ratan, is seen stalking the girl he wants to marry. In his fantasy world, the 18-year-old girl is akin to fairies from the fairy land. No wonder, how sensible it sounds to the makers of the show but such portrayal of a child will leave the viewers of the same age group in a tight spot.

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For a long time now, Indian television industry has used children to earn a highly engaged audience. The information acquired through what is being depicted on television distorts the mind of a child. A child may not be able to comprehend the deeply embedded meanings in the series; they only acquire what appears to them the most apparent. What children are watching on screen makes a crucial difference, and it is obligatory for those at the helm of it to take the accountability of the shows that involve children. It is widely believed that what children see on television influence their attitude and behavior. They are likely to feel some of their first time experiences in life particularly at the formative stage.


Diya, the female lead marries Ratan of the royal household to become his protector. The show revolves around the girl who will discover her hidden warrior traits as and when the time comes. She is said to protect the boy, which further sounds nonsensical. If at all, the makers wanted to show the strength of a girl, they wouldn’t have tied her in wedlock. What appears palpable is the loss of childhood innocence with such shows. The conception of marriage is way broader than how it is depicted in the show.

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Not to ignore, a girl child marrying a man double of her age, which is as wicked as its opposite is considered normal for our society. No one tries to object the strange wedlock of the child bride owing to its acceptance.
It’s shocking to see how the time has flown. From growing up watching 90’s kids shows like, “Hum Paanch, Malgudi Days and Mowgli”, it horrifying to see children growing up watching serials like ‘Pehredar Piya Ki’ now. The content of the shows has regressed. Moreover, it is the audience which allows such shows to thrive. If there will no audience to watch, such shows will not survive a single day. There are lots of intelligent content and shows which are not regressive. The power to decide lies in the hands of viewers. Children have a tendency to follow what is projected on the screen and it ultimately reflects in the society. Selling anything in the name of content is unjustifiable.

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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Popular Indian Family Sitcoms ‘Hum Paanch’, ‘Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain’ All Set to Go West: ZEEL

Hum Panch and Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain
Hum Panch and Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain

Sep 21, 2017: Hugely popular Indian family sitcoms “Hum Paanch” and “Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain” are set to get a British and Anglo-Spanish adaptation respectively, Indian entertainment conglomerate Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) announced on Thursday.

ZEEL has set up ZEE Studios International in Canada to produce global content for audiences across the world.

A few of the initial productions that are in the pipeline include adaptations of “Hum Paanch”, which is being produced in its British version as “Lala’s Ladiez”, and an Anglo-Spanish sitcom adapted from “Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain”. Its working title is “Love Thy Neighbour”, read a statement.

Based in Vancouver, the studio will create global content and formats for international markets in their local languages, many of which will be based on successful Indian ideas and concepts.

It will initially focus on developing content for television and digital platforms as well as original formats and homegrown remakes, with a plan to venture into film production at a later stage.

The content developed will have scripted and unscripted formats across an array of genres, ranging from reality, game and dance shows to shows in the fictional crime drama, sitcom, sci-fi, horror and paranormal space.

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Commenting on the new initiative, Amit Goenka, CEO at International Broadcast Business, ZEEL, said: “ZEE has always been a cultural ambassador of India, taking its rich and engaging content across the world. In yet another major milestone, we are now set to launch our production company, ZEE Studios International, in Canada.

“Canada is known as a large production hub for various Hollywood companies, as the country offers the requisite infrastructure, talent pool, scenic locales as well as a favourable government incentive scheme. After a series of discussions with the government of British Columbia, Canada, we were invited to set up a production company in Vancouver. Our endeavour through this venture is to produce global content for mainstream audiences across various international markets as well as take care of our domestic requirements.”

The studio will be led by Subhadarshi Tripathy.


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Controversial TV Show ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’ goes Off Air: Story Revolved 18-year-old Girl marrying a 9-year-old Boy

After defending it for over a month, the channel has finally pulled the plug on the show in response to a series of complaints against its content.

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The show revolved around an 18-year-old girl marrying a nine-year-old boy. Youtube
  • The show which went on air last month gained popularity for all the wrong reasons
  • The plot revolves around an unusual marital bond between an 18-year old girl and a nine-year old boy
  • The channel decided to pull it off air following complaints on its content that is alleged to promote child marriage 

New Delhi, August 29, 2017 : Sony Entertainment Television on Tuesday said it has pulled its controversial show “Pehredaar Piya Ki” off air. The development came after a string of complaints against the show which revolved around an 18-year-old girl marrying a nine-year-old boy.

The development was effective from Monday, according to an official statement issued on behalf of the channel on Tuesday.

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“We are pulling off our programme ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’ from television. While we understand that the decision to end this serial will be disappointing to those whose creative energies are vested in it, namely, its crew and cast, we (as a channel) are convinced that we will be better served by focusing instead on developing viewer interest in our upcoming, new shows.

“We are grateful to all the artists, producers and fans of our shows and request you to graciously support the viewership of our newer ventures,” the statement read.

Earlier this month, the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) had directed the channel to shift the show to a late night slot, besides running it with a scroll stating that it does not promote the concept of child marriage.

Even an online petition was moved for a ban on the TV show, which has been described as having “obnoxious and perverted” content that can “severely impact impressionable minds of children”.

The makers have been defending it all along, saying viewers must understand the circumstances in which the girl has to marry the child.

“Pehredaar Piya Ki”, produced by Shashi Sumeet Productions, went on air last month. The makers were also reportedly planning to add a forward leap to the story. (IANS)

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Popular 90’s Comedy Show “Hum Paanch” to return to small screen with a modern twist

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Mumbai, April 29, 2017: Popular comedy show “Hum Paanch” will be back on the small screen but with a modern twist.

The show, which will be aired on BIG Magic, is titled “Hum Paanch Fhir Se”, read a statement from channel.

Produced by Essel Vision Pvt Ltd, the show will remain true to the intrinsic elements and the format of the 1990 show, but will be given a modern spin.

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The casting process is still on, and it is expected to go on air in May.

“Hum Paanch” first aired in 1995 and ran until 1999. With actors Ashok Saraf, Priya Tendulkar, Rakhee Tandon, Bhairavi Raichura, Vandana Pathak and Vidya Balan, the show narrated story of a family in a hilarious way. It’s second season came in 2005. (IANS)