Characteristics Of A Typical Saas-Bahu Saga

Indian television is like President Donald Trump! You may like it or hate it but you cannot ignore it. These saas-bahu sagas have been haunting us for years but then, it seems, nothing is changing. You still find the age-old formulae being followed in TV shows even now. The grand television serial that probably started it all was Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. Everything about this show; its music, characters, milestones, our very own Baa, its twists and turns, have helped the show achieve a cult status.

Some may claim that the shows are devoid of any common sense or situations, we, normal human beings face in our day-to-day lives. To me, the shows are downright funny. Here are some of the most frequent elements that add spice to formulaic shows.

Life altering situations are not a big deal
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For our super humans on TV, important life events like being in a jail or going through a divorce, are just casual situations. Marriage is a sham with every significant character having at least two marriages to his/her credit. To hell with the Hindu Marriage Law!  Anandi in Balika Vadhu and Ichcha in Uttaran are prime examples.

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The secret to such outrageous display of patience to insults needs to be revealed. Consider, for example, the recent popular show Kumkum Bhagya. The lead character never gets tired of all the insults, courtesy her sister-in-law Alia and her friend Tanu.

Heavy make-up and clothes at home
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Komolika is the one who made this trend popular. Her makeup, clothes, attitude; everything seemed abnormal. Who puts such crazy eye shadows and wears embroidered sarees while at home? In normal lives, people might just prefer wearing pyjamas at work too. Ok, maybe we are pushing it. But, these vamps just can’t get enough of the expensive sarees and jewelry.

Back from the dead and reincarnations
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Well, Mihir’s death in Kyun Ki Saas…. made the nation mourn and so the makers of the show decided to do something which was to enter the sacred textbook of Indian Television. Reincarnations! Be it Mihir or Vansh in Uttaran, these comebacks would have made Lazarus stay in his grave.

Flawless plastic surgeries    
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So, for serial makers, challenging science is just another day at work. Plastic surgeries happen overnight, and it not just changes the look but even a person’s body, height, complexion; sometimes even their nature. The most famous example is of Tulsi in Kyu Ki.. (You know what) and Bani in Kasamh Se.

Never ageing characters
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This will precisely remind you of Baa but there are others also like Archana in Pavitra Rishta and Simar in the outrageous TV drama Sasural Simar Ka. It is tough to even attempt to explain the embarrassing twists and turns in SSK. Let's not even try.

Superhuman characters
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For the writers of these TV shows, the grey area doesn’t exist and so their characters are either the epitome of goodness or vamps, even the devil will be shy of. You will also find the prime hero, heroine and their kids excellent in all kinds of activities. So the husband, might crack a deal worth a billion with a simple presentation or the kid may top his college, just, like, that.

Realism is too underrated by our television industry.

If you think there are other bizarre features we failed to mention, let us know in the comments below.

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