The articles “Why demean and demonise women?” and “Regressive message at the flick of a button” (Open Page, Oct. 31) are highly educative. Television serials, irrespective of their language, portray heroines obnoxiously. They compete in portraying the unimaginable and hitherto unheard of wicked characteristics in women. I think those who make television serials have no knowledge of women and the role they play in families. Many soaps indirectly promote domestic violence and incite crime. Many characters are driven by vengeance and compete among themselves to eliminate someone or the other. I wonder what the women forums are doing.
Barring a few good shows, Indian television is filled with negativity, absurdity and superstitions. Most of the television soaps start with some interesting theme. Once a dedicated audience is in place, the serial-makers start playing havoc with the story, blurring the social message.
I remember watching an episode from a famous TV show. It showed a video clip of a character's murder, recorded from a hidden camera. When the other characters are shown the clip from the hidden camera on a television screen (in the serial), they see the protagonist being killed from all possible camera angles.
How on earth can a hidden camera capture a scene from 10 different angles? I feel sad when I see elderly women or my mother watching such shows.
Homemakers turn on their waterworks on seeing the plight of the hapless heroines in endless, emotion-packed serials. These serials have everything to offer to the future mothers-in-law and nothing to offer to the future daughters-in-law playing at home, for these kids are too young to grasp the complex ‘in-law' wars in our country.
Women — obsessed with and addicted to television serials — speculating on the developments in the next episode with their neighbours is a common sight. They are oblivious to the impact these serials have on them — making them indolent and sedentary, leading to obesity and chronic illnesses.
M.S. Mallik Reddy,