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In a typical desi household you might find that the family has five to ten favourite serials that they follow with dedication each week. The television turns on at 6pm, and everyone goes about their daily tasks catching their favourite shows as they flit in and out of the room. Many consider Indian serials to be garish, repetitive, long-winded, unoriginal and even regressive, yet there must be something in them that captures the imagination of these countless millions who have adopted them into their daily routine.

I am an unapologetic fan of serials and the lack of an online platform that seriously explores the nature of Indian serials, critically investigates the Indian fiction content on offer and showcases the commendable behind-the-scenes work that goes into creating serials has disappointed me. I feel that many people miss out on the layers of meaning and beauty on offer on our small screens, just because serials have acquired ‘uncool’ connotations. Going off that seemingly trite mantra “write what you want to read” I’ve started this blog as a means of encouraging myself, and others, to actively write and discuss their opinions on the Indian television industry. From shows currently on air to characteristics of serialdom… this blog is game for anything, and though it is titled “Serious About Serials” be assured it won’t take itself too seriously – lapses into the silly are very much on the plate!

I’d love to have guest bloggers here so if you have an interesting article you’d like to share please feel free to contact me at seriousaboutserials at gmail.com (replace ” at ” with @).

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  1. Hi,

    I doing an independent study on a few indian serials and would love your input. Let me know if you are open to email correspondence.

    Thanks!

    Posted by simranjaising | November 29, 2011, 12:04 pm
  2. Stopping in to say hello!

    Blog looks marvelous, little one, I will be checking it frequently 🙂

    Posted by Vice President Gauri | December 1, 2011, 6:09 am
  3. I have been trying for quite some time to look for a deeply engaging web portal on Indian serials. And I must say, I absolutely loved your blog. I am an avid viewer myself and would love to read more of the amazing stuff you write. Kudos and thanks! 🙂

    Posted by Munish | March 21, 2014, 8:31 am
    • Thanks Munish – I am very glad you enjoyed reading through the blog! I keep meaning to write more stuff but it’s easier to procrastinate and get other things done lol.

      Any particular shows you’re currently following and finding good?

      Posted by Nakhrewali | March 22, 2014, 3:40 pm
  4. Oh well I used to follow alost five serials everyday till a few months ago. Now I manage to catch Jodhaa Akbar, Qubool hai and Pyar ka Dard Hai. I would be extremely obliged i you could do a write up on this show called Beintehaa on Colors. I am sure you must have seen it. 🙂

    Posted by Munish | March 23, 2014, 6:25 am
    • Ah I used to follow QH before it went crazily off-rails. Am hoping PKDH manages to rejuvenate itself soon – it’s getting a bit stale since the big batwaara showdown (which should have had more impact but I felt the track leading up to it was a bit humdrum).

      oooh regarding Beintehaa – I never did manage to catch it. I have heard good things from friends though! If I manage to catch the episodes sometime I’m sure it’ll be interesting to see how it manages the samjhauta marriage trope and the Muslim backdrop. Not looking forward to the saas and multiple bahus vs new bahu shenanigans!

      Posted by Nakhrewali | March 23, 2014, 8:10 pm
  5. Pyar Ka Dard Hai is worth watching only because of Sheela, Rubal’s mother. In the TV world of black and white, she is an interesting grey character that manages to switch between the good and the bad with a lot of ease and a tinge of humour.

    Beintehaa went off the tracks too for some time with farcical comedy and masquerading. But isn’t it always a pleasure to see young and good looking protagonists fall in love? It somehow has made the whole marriage-within-the-family more easy to comprehend and accept(which QH could not manage despite multiple instances).

    Anyway do catch it if you can! 🙂

    Posted by Munish | March 23, 2014, 9:50 pm
    • PKDH

      Agree completely Munish! #MusibatMaami Sheila and #DramaMama Govardhan babu are quite endearing. I was really pleased with the way the show has handled them but grew disillusioned during the Dhoulpur Bhaiyya Returns for Revenge track because I don’t think they used Sheila’s character as well as they could have. During that huge showdown when she let out all her bhadaas I thought that they really shortchanged her – she came across as the only bad apple whereas the truth is that Avantika and her character was simply incompatible and Avantika’s commanding presence and unapproachable behaviour would have made Sheila’s life in Deewan mansion internally frustrating for her, no matter how unintentional it was on Avantika’s part. They never properly addressed this issue (I haven’t seen the recent shaadi eps yet so I don’t know if Avantika has admitted to her own huge ego yet or not).

      I also had a soft spot for Kailash on PKDH – his story graph had so much potential. But with the untimely demise of the beautiful actor Abir Goswami the character also withered away. The next actor never did bring as much depth onscreen as Abir and the writers seemed to give up on his character too…

      Beintehaa

      Yeah I wondered how the first cousins marriage would be received in India. In the Pakistani dramas I’ve seen it’s quite a normal trope (I don’t know if in real life it occurs as frequently there as they seem to show).

      But isn’t it always a pleasure to see young and good looking protagonists fall in love?
      LOL, ofcourse!!! Online fandom would agree with you there 😉 But after a while even that doesn’t make you stay if the plot and themes are terribly handled. Case in point being Jee Le Zara – even the wonderful actor Sangeeta Ghosh and eye-candy Ruslaan Mumtaz, nor the gorgeous cinematography managed to salvage the show. Well, at least I stopped watching it anyway.

      Posted by Nakhrewali | March 23, 2014, 10:37 pm

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