Media is playing a great role in today’s world. It is affecting the lives of people directly. There is hardly anyone who does not own a television set and a cabel connection. People are not only watching various shows aired on the TV, but are getting influenced by them to a great extent. Here are a few Indian TV soaps that have left a major impact on the lives of its audiences.
Whole nation mourned Mihir’s death
Serial: Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
No other ‘real’ death of any person would have made people so hysterical as they were by the on-screen death of Mihir. The nation was thrown in a state of shock. They could not accept the fact and organized protests, marches and flooded the head office of the TV channel with loads of letters and phone calls. Seeing the widespread protests, the TV serial team was forced to get Mihir back, though with a new face. Ronit Roy instead of Amar Upadhyay was chosen for the purpose.
No more friends: Sachin and Kambli
Serial: Sach Ka Saamna
The show became the platform for fight between Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli. It was on the show when Kambli revealed that Sachin who was his childhood friend did not help and stood by him during the worst days of his life and career when he needed him the most. Kambli alleged Tendulkar during the show and said that, “We are very close… we were very close. He could have done a little more, but he did not”. Kambli even reported that he was discriminated on the basis of colour and caste by the board of cricket.
Boiling milk: A pool for a girl child
Serial: Na Aana Iss Des Laado
‘Na Aana Iss Des Laado’ which is aired on the channel Colors, brought a rage among the child rights activists after seeing the episode in which the girl child was immersed into a pot of hot boiling milk. The act was too grim and evil that it raised a lot of uproar against it. It was too rigid an act to be shown on a television soap.
An anti-social daily soap: Really?
Serial: Balika Vadhu
Balika Vadhu a serial which is aired on Colors channel, is an anti-social serial which is of no good. The serial instead of imparting a message for the welfare of the society, is encouraging child marriage. The act of child marriage has long been eradicated from the major sections of the society. But this serial is again encouraging child marriage and leading the people astray.
Most of the Indians are not well educated and their minds are like wet sand and whatever they see, they imbibe. Lots of people are influenced by the shows they watch on television. The show is doing nothing but imparting an adverse effect on the poor community.
Watching serials can cost a life
Serial: Sach Ka Saamna
Serials have an impact on its viewers to such an extent that they can even end their precious lives without giving it a second thought. Among such incidents, was the one in which a husband committed suicide after he played a game of Such Ka Saamna with his wife. The couple after watching an episode of Such Ka Saamna reluctantly decided to play the game in reality. And through the course of the game, the wife revealed that she had a physical relationship with someone before marriage. The husband ended his life just the very next day after knowing the bitter truth.
Fever of mythological shows
Serial: Sri Krishna, Ramayana, Mahabharata
Another record for the viewership of TV serials was set by such mythological serials. The Indian audience was so much enthralled and captivated by these shows that they would hurry up to finish their daily work to watch the show. Sitting glued to their television sets, they even offered incense and flowers to the characters portrayed as gods.
People even touched their feet in public out of respect. The nation would virtually come to a stop, the time these shows were aired. Even some of the religious services, trains and buses were rescheduled to accommodate the broadcast of such shows.
With Jassi Indians got a new icon
Serial: Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin
Bold, lively and intelligent are few of the adjectives that perfectly define the character of Jassi. This salwar suit clad actress with her magenta umbrella in her hand, soon became the icon for women of India. Jassi represents a perfect blend of traditional values and professional intellect. In the serial, with sheer hard work and competence, she acquires the position of CEO in her firm within an year of joining.
The popularity of Jassi on screen led Sanjay Kapoor, the Managing Director of the fashion house Satya Paul to launch a JJKN (Jassi Jaisa Koi Nahin) collection for working women. Also, the positivity shown in the character of Jassi made the Indian Postal Services Department, issue stamps in her honour.
A show that drew millions and empowered women
Serial: Hum Log
This serial was first aired near about 1983, at a time when the television sets were new to a number of people. Though devoid of popular actors, this daily soap had leading roles being played by amateur actors. People started identifying the characters with them so much so that the number of letters written by the viewers exceeded 40,000.
The social issues raised by this serial, soon started showing its effect. It was considered that Hum Log empowered women to move to the Women’s welfare organizations to seek their help. Also, there was a profound increase in the number of eye donors once this issue was addressed on the show.