9 Totally Real And Outrageous Rules Of Indian TV Serial Writing, As Confessed By Their Writers
Did you know that the heroine must be present in at least 70% of every episode? (H/t The Caravan)
In their latest issue, The Caravan published a report titled "Lather, Rinse, Repeat – How to write a saas-bahu saga", about the inner workings of the massive Indian TV serial industry.
In it, a number of established television writers talk about the lessons they've learnt, and the unwritten rules you have to follow to make a hit TV show in India.
Here are some of their confessions:
The heroine must ALWAYS be self-sacrificing.
Strong female characters don't work with Indian audiences.
The heroine must be present in at least 70% of the scenes in an episode.
Vegetarian is good. Non-vegetarian is evil.
Pandering to audiences’ regressive beliefs and superstitions means more TRPs.
Any inconvenient facts about the religion underlying the show should be omitted.
Audiences get bored of vamps easily.
You can milk a high-ratings sequence for days.
A wedding getting obstructed is a tried and tested method to boost ratings.
You can read The Caravan's full report here.
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