Tellytube travails

Tellytube travails
Karan tells Prem to return to India. Simar requests Karan to at least taste the laddoos (?!) He agrees but puts a condition — if he does not like the laddoos, Simar will have to quit the job (??!!)

Ahem. That, ladies and gentlemen, is an episode synopsis of one of the top-rated TV shows in India.

Yes, we love dollops of drama…drama…drama, over made-up characters and kitchen politics in this country and this year has been extra special on all fronts. In the mindless category (read TRP-pullers), we have had nuclear bombs (no less, mind you) being made by a handful of hooligans and rescue operations being headed by an IPS officer and her halvai husband, we’ve had icchadhari naagins take over every second show, we’ve had vampires making an entry and we’ve had protagonists crashing into Shah Rukh Khan’s car (Dilwale promo-effect, of course). In the celeb-on-TV category, everyone from Anupam Kher to Shahid Kapoor to Farhan Akhtar were up to their antics (largely with disastrous effects). In the did-this-really-happen mythology segment, we’ve devoured the romantic side to Karna and watched agog as a chiselled Ram stands atop his horse to save Sita from an attack. And to bring some global tadka to our life, this year Piggy Chops thought that a Quantico in her pocket would wipe off all competition.

From among this assiduous assault on the senses, we pick out the best for you! Here’s closing Television 2015 with the Best of the Best, the Best of the Worst and the Best of the What-were-they-even-thinking.

Best of the Best
Mythology
Take heart, this year has had its share of interesting TV shows. Sankatmochan Mahabali Hanuman, currently delving into the childhood of Hanuman, has managed to hit the right chord. Mythology works in India. Pepper it with large doses of creativity and imagination and it doesn’t matter whether things really happened or not. Chakravartin Samrat Ashoka, Siya Ke Ram and Suryaputra Karn are all on a high, thanks to this amazing magic wand by the name of creative license. Besides, after Mohit Raina’s portrayal of Shiva, Gautam Rode gives us a Karna to feast our eyes on!

Reality
Remo D’Souza and his mentees whipped up quite a show with Dance+. The talent was unique, the host had good jokes up his sleeve and the camaraderie was genuine. Another quiet contender for the top shows is the first-ever homegrown English language singing reality show The Stage on Colors Infinity. With Monica Dogra, Vishal Dadlani, Ehsaan Noorani and Devraj Sanyal as judges, competitors didn’t have it easy and the quality of music was top-class. Certainly needs an encore!

Amitabh Bachchan with his show Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi, based on the British TV series Tonight’s The Night, has done it again. It’s not been a top TRP gainer, but this one wins on account of its heartwarming content showcasing people from our society who are working hard for a cause. The only thing that works against the show is the desperate attempt to inject humour and glamour.

MasterChef 4 could have been higher on our list, but did the finale just need to have dance performances by the finalists and the judges? Let’s just stick to food and the delectable Vikas Khanna. Please.

Celebrity
Priyanka Chopra’s global acting debut in the American TV series Quantico has met with a mixed response with most only haw-ing about the ‘sex’ scenes. Yet, it needs to be applauded as a first. Not only is an Indian actor playing the lead, but also an ethnically ambiguous character.

Dear Production Houses,
Please send us better shows next year. Any more migraines will result in brain hemorrhage.
Sincerely,
The Not-So-Dumb Indian TV viewer

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