Zindagi Gulzar Hai: A Breath of Fresh Air

Imagine switching on the idiot box at prime time and not watching a woman dressed in her wedding finery, washing utensils in a kitchen straight out of a home store advert and crying over how her mom-in-law refused to let her have an extra spoon of sugar in her tea? Aren’t we all tired of watching women scheming and plotting against each other in melodramatic kitchen politics beamed into our living rooms day in and day out?

Every time I switch on a Hindi General entertainment channel I shudder at the mediocrity that is on offer. Garish sets, outlandish clothes, over the top acting and perpetually absent story lines- Indian TV is downright boring. Not to forget regressive, reinforcing weird notions of how all that women are capable of is fighting battles in the kitchen.

So when Zindagi TV announced its arrival with the idea of Pakistani shows instead of our regular Ekta Kapoor soaps, people took notice. The new GEC from Zee TV promised a glimpse into the lives of our neighbors, a chance to understand their lives closely and may be bridge the gap between our hearts. While bringing the two peoples together I am not sure of, what the channel has achieved is to break the clutter with a breath of fresh air.Continue reading “Zindagi Gulzar Hai: A Breath of Fresh Air”