There are many television soap operas like ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ that ran for almost a decade and captivated a huge female audience in the country. Soaps continue to entertain and are often a subject of discussion during kitty parties or other get-togethers. Watching TV shows is perhaps what many women love to do after finishing their household chores.
While soap operas are so much a part of the lives of some women that they even come up with ideas to take the story further, there are other women who prefer comedies, star-based or informative programmes. Orissa POST asked a few women to describe the shows they would love to helm if they had a chance.
Kyvalaya Garikapati, a professional from Bhubaneswar, says that she loves to watch family shows but not the saas-bahu kind of drama. Rather, she prefers light-hearted shows which can keep her in a happy mood.
Kyvalya adds, “There was a time when I used to watch daily soaps but nowadays, I hardly get the time. If I had the chance to don a director’s hat, I would make a serial focusing on good parenting and offer tips on raising kids. I think people can relate to such shows and gain from them. As a parent, I’ve learned how difficult it is to bring up children. Such shows can help parents stay positive even in the hardest of times.”
Divorce cases are on the rise. So Krushnapriya Tripathy, a beautician by profession, would opt to direct a talk show to highlight issues relating to this subject. “Many couples these days face compatibility issues. Be it the upper classes or the middle classes, metros or semi-urban areas, there are a rising number of cases of separation. Today’s generation lacks patience and the ability to adjust to situations which creates problems. Earlier, family was the most important institution and it was a close-knit unit. But the same cannot be said about the nuclear families of today. A talk show on this issue may help many to overcome their problems.”
Lavanya from Kolkata says that watching TV serials is the activity she enjoys most when she is at home. “I remember, at one point of time, my mother was addicted to TV serials. She had her fixed time slot to enjoy daily television soaps and during those hours, she did not like to be disturbed and would not allow anyone to touch the TV remote. She was an ardent fan of saas-bahu dramas.”
“Like her, I enjoy watching TV now. I love family shows, comedies and infotainment. If I ever get an opportunity to direct a serial, I will get rid of all the negative characters from my project. There will be happiness all over the place. Secondly, I won’t let my serials drag on for years leaving large sections of the viewers bored. My project won’t go beyond six months so that I can offer more variety to the viewers,” she adds.
SHABIHA NUR KHATOON, OP