Pehredaar Piya Ki
In the four weeks since Pehredaar Piya Ki went on air, the show has caused outrage across the country. While the plot that revolves around an 18-year-old girl getting married to a nine-year-old boy didn’t sit well with viewers for obvious reasons, matters got worse when the makers recently aired a ‘suhag raat’ sequence between the leads.
“The show is not trying to romanticise the relationship between the protagonists,” says producer Sumeet Hukamchand Mittal in defense. “People have complained about the suhag raat sequence. But, we didn’t show any lovemaking sequence between them. The two play with flowers and you can’t tell me it’s wrong.”
While an online petition demanded the show be banned — one that received 1.25 lakh signatures over the last few days, I&B Minister Smriti Irani wrote to the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC), asking them to review the content. But Mittal remains unfazed. “We don’t intend to change the script unless the BCCC feels that it’s not appropriate. So far, they’ve not given us any diktat, so we’ll continue as planned.”
Point out how the viewers have expressed their reservations against the objectionable content and Mittal shoots back, “Have these people seen a single episode?” Ironically, he feels the show is made for family audiences. “There’s another petition that wants the show to continue, as it’s not corrupting anyone’s mind.”
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