The desperation to attract eyeballs has disclosed the ugly side of the Channel war and a possible scenario of growing idea scarcity among the creators of Indian Television Industry has prompted the team of PehredaarPiya Ki to try something new, without realising the repercussions that their concept that is against the order of nature, would inflict on the society.
PehredaarPiya Ki has faced backlash ever since it was aired due to its alleged regressive storyline where a 9-years-old gets married to a 19-years-old girl.
The show is facing criticism not only from viewers but also from celebrities. Things are getting worse with each passing day as the latest episode featured wedding night sequence between the lead pair. Though, both the actors were only seen talking in the scene but watching a nine-year old child stalking a lady, getting married and then performing in ‘suhaagraat’ setup is not only objectionable but also disturbing.
In addition to the above the objectionable scenes in the show are: The boy stalking the woman in an implied romantic manner. In the first episode, the boy is shown following the woman and taking photographs of her without her consent. In the second episode, there are crass shots and sexual innuendos in the dialogue. E.g. “He is a kid, we don’t know when he will be big enough to satisfy you.”
Criticising the show, views started a campaign and signed an online petition addressing I&B Minister SmritiIrani to ban PehredaarPiya Ki. Now, SmritiIrani has responded on the issue and has written to Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) to take immediate action against the show. The online petition, that was filed on change.org, has been signed by more than 1,31,500 supporters as of now.
On being asked about the online petition, the makers of the show said that the criticism is unjustified. Actor SuyyashRai, who can also be seen playing a crucial role stated that people are targeting the show because it is different.
However, the show talking about a pre-pubescent young boy who is obsessed with an adult woman twice his age and showing them in repeated, suggestive and extremely inappropriate romantic situations is in violation of The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, protects children from “offences of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography” and India’s Child Marriage Restraint Act. Moreover the show is also accused of actively promotes misogyny through many scenes aired during the initial days.
With the report of I&B Minister seeking BCCC for an immediate action and growing number of public and section of celebrities making specific appeal to sponsors to desist from endorsing this show and take action against the channel if it is found to violate Indian laws that safeguard minors, the future of the show is hanging with uncertainity.
Sources from the industry also reval that its is time for Sony Entertainment Television to look in to the volume of growing outrage and public anager and decide volutairly rather being imposed with some restrictions from the concerned authorities…!
tvnews4u.com awaits response from Sony Entertainmnet Television.