If in 2015 we enjoyed the hot ‘n spicy Alphabet Soup then 2016 will be our year to do what we desis do so well ~ masaledar gup shup over a garma garam cup of chai
Basically, the idea is to sit down with a cup chai, and talk about the pros and cons of some issue that we come across on our TV screens or films, something that give us cause to pause and reflect. This is not to say we aren’t doing so already – we are and always have been. The difference lies in that here we share our thoughts on a particular issue comprehensively, in an exclusive dedicated discussion, under one thread, rather than having bits and pieces spread out over various threads.
Just as chais are of various types so too will be our topics, yaani ke bhaant bhaant ke...
From being very serious one time to talking about something totally random the next, we will not leave anything go undiscussed. Kuch garam tau kuch thandi, kabhi meethi aur kabhi namkeen, har qisam ke tabsaron ke liye ho jaiye aap taiyar!
And but of course, jahan chai wahan samosas, sandwiches, cakes and pastries are sure to follow:
Now that khana peena and preliminaries are sorted, let’s get to our first topic, something I know has been on all our minds recently:
Are our ‘family-oriented’ dramas truly family friendly?
With their casual and careless approach to very serious issues, normalizing of misogyny, graphic depictions of violence, coarse language, perpetuation of problematic gendered stereotypes, can our dramas still claim to be ‘family-oriented’? Can these still be watched with children and parents and grandparents around? Are majority of our dramas qualified to air on prime time? Should there be a regulating body overseeing what our drama industrialists are churning out on daily basis? Has time come for our dramas to be rated for content and language?
Meant as prompts, I pose these questions as a way to open up what I know will be a serious but fun chit chat and chai session.
Ab let’s get going and get this tea party started!
Written by SZ~