Indian TV soaps: A huge hit with the western audience

High on TRP in the west

Indian TV serials are a big hit these days with the American audience. And taking a cue from these Indian TV soaps, US producers have decided to give their series and movies an Indian feel, and have given them catchy names.

Indian serial’s like “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, Pyar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyara Pyara, Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behnaa Hai,” are very popular in the US. The streets are deserted when they are aired on TV and is said to have generated more TRP than some NBA games.

With American’s finding it tough to pronounce these serial names, many universities have started crash courses to help them understand the real meaning of their titles and also to say them correctly. Such is the craze of these serials that, new born baby’s in a Chicago hospital are found to be registered with absurd names such as Pankhudi, Iccha, Khushi Kumari Gupta etc.

The next edition of Spelling Bee Championship committee has decided to have a special round where they will ask kids to spell out the names of these serials. As always, they expect Indian NRI’s to win that round too.

High on TRP in the west
High on TRP in the west

What has struck the Americans is the over the top treatment of these shows. Many American are amazed how a typical female would remain extravagantly dressed up even at a funeral and specially, when she is about to go to bed.

Soon to be married, Carol told reporters,”Even our weddings are a victim of Hindi Serial culture. Earlier American weddings were limited to a wedding, a reception or maybe an engagement ceremony at home. Now my in-laws are planing to have ceremonies which last for seven, eight days.”

” They are out of this world” said Linda, a housewife,”  When I watch a soap, I am always amazed at how so many people can be accommodated in one house. What is even more surprising is how easily room is made for any added member. Do all middle-class Indians live in palaces?”

However, the makers of “How I Met Your Mother” are hugely worried with Indians TV shows being shown in the US. Barny Stinson told faking news,” We were planning to push through as many seasons before Ted’s children could find how their parents met.

We wanted to make our series the longest running in US history. Now we stand no chance, as climaxes for these Indian soaps do not, I repeat, do not exist. They are Legend- keep waiting- they are never ending.” He continued,” The serials clearly defy the laws of physics, and once they are on air, they never come down! ”

The evil jealous sister-in-law, the possessive mother-in-law, the cheating husband, the really dumb but tolerant wifeand it goes on and on and on. The Americans love it, and they say these serials are a better fantasy than even twilight.

P.S: All facts mentioned in this article are Fiction. But we guess, you already knew that, didn’t you?

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