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Indian television has been a hub of series since the very beginning. Indian dramas such as Hum Log, Buniyaad, and mythological series such as Ramayana and Mahabharat, attracted millions of viewers in India. I remember my mother saying that people would hurry up and finish up their chores to view these programs during that era. Since then, Hindi drama channels have become a favourite of every household in India and across the world, proof being its rising TRP rating with every passing week.
However, have you ever wondered about the psychological impact of these dramas (or serials, as they’re more commonly known) on the viewers? Characters from the series are internalized into viewers as “real” people in their lives and the behaviours are imitated. For instance, today’s mother-in-laws would want their daughter-in-laws to be like Akshara in Yeh Rishta Kya Kahelata Hai or Gopi in Saath Nibhaana Saathiya. The message is strong and obvious that girls should be traditional and learn to adapt herself to her new married life by keeping the family united.
Not all of the impacts of these serials are bad though. In soaps such as Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behena Hai, Maanvi, with the support of her loving sister, Jeevika, has inspired cancer patients to fight the disease with full spirit and never to lose hope.
Not to forget Satyamev Jayate, the famous talk show hosted by Aamir Khan, aired on Star Plus, watched by millions of viewers. This program shed light on various sensitive social issues prevalent in India such as female foeticides, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, dowry, alcoholism and the insensitive treatment towards the physically challenged which were not discussed openly in the society. Post the popularity and awareness brought about by the show, Aamir Khan has inspired the public to break their silence and seek justice as the show aimed to connect India with its people.
So, whether we like it or not, soaps are here to stay. Some may embrace it and some may have hysterical debates over it; either way, they’ve had an impact in our lives.