Dhishum dhishum drama

A friend asked today how I can watch so many Indian TV shows and films and not OD on the melodrama. A few moments ago I caught a trailer clip of Aiyyaa where Rani Mukerji’s character Meenakshi is watching Tezaab (*ing Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher and Chunkey Pandey) when her mother asks if she doesn’t get sick of the excessive drama in her Hindi films.

It would appear to be the question today. Haha.

I don’t. Get sick of the drama that is. TV shows vary in their levels, I would class many as rom-com’s with a dash of drama. Others are just extended love stories. Some are purely comedic. There are quite a few who begin with social issues at their crux and then morph into family dramas or saas-bahu sagas. I’ve found it depends on the responses received by productions houses and writers.

Bade Achhe Lagte Hain started off being a rom-com between Ram a 40 year old man (Ram Kapoor) and Priya, a woman in her 30s (Sakshi Tanwar). Their journey was peppered with comedy and misunderstandings, but the heart of it was romance. We then had much drama followed by a time leap. Currently Ram and Priya are estranged and the story is a will-they-won’t-they scenario.

Perhaps I like to live vicariously. We tune in and out of some stories, while we follow others with utmost devotion. It depends on several factors, but at the end of the day they are entertaining.

We get to be a part of a world different to ours, their situations can raise questions, create heated arguments between my mother and I or just make us laugh hysterically.

It’s entertainment.


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