Sony’s Pehredaar Piya Ki May Do Foxy Lehengas But Child Marriage Leaves Us So Cold

Sony's new TV serial, namely, Pehredaar Piya Ki, is gaining attention for all the wrong reasons! Here's the how, what, and why.

Sony’s new TV serial, namely, Pehredaar Piya Ki, is gaining attention for all the wrong reasons! Here’s the how, what, and why.

It’s natural that with so much TV all around us, we do get bored of the same kind of shows, serials, reality tv and talent shows. After all, in how many ways can you spin the old romances and the saas-bahu serials? And apparently in this quest for something ‘new’, Sony just went a century back for the new concept of their new show.

Update (29th Aug): This show has been pulled off air, thanks to viewers’ objections loudly expressed!

“Pehredar Piya Ki starring Swaragini actress Tejwaswi Prakash and Afaan Khan tells the story of an 18-year-old girl Diya married to a 9-year-old prince Ratan Singh, who also doubles up as his bodyguard. So if you haven’t watched the show’s cringeworthy promo of a 9-year-old boy putting sindoor in the maang of a grown-up girl whose eyes well up with tears by her little husband’s gesture, you are lucky.” says India Today.

And I have to agree with them. After women turning to houseflies and naagins pushing up the TRP on prime time Indian TV, I didn’t know there was a competition for ‘the most ridiculous’ show going on between the channels. In a country where child marriage is still ruining lives, this show condoning such a thing is toxic. And with all the background glittering with wealth, is that an indication of money trumping all other factors in a relationship?

Another video, released by Sony about the same show with its lead character flaunting her clothes, while reciting the materials used and the locations they come from like a small child in a poetry recitation, is super awkward!

Maybe there isn’t much difference between the 18-year-old and the 9-year-old, after all?


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