DON’T CALL TV SHOWS REGRESSIVE

Ac­tor Aashka Go­ra­dia says that view­ers want en­ter­tain­ment, not life les­sons, af­ter a hard day’s toil

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Ac­tor Aashka Go­ra­dia (above) has been part of a su­per­nat­u­ral show like Naa­gin and a chil­dren’s show like Baal Veer, and she is proud of her body of work. She says that she can’t get it when some peo­ple com­plain about cur­rent tele­vi­sion shows be­ing regressive.

“I hear a lot of peo­ple in the metro cities say­ing that tele­vi­sion is so regressive these days. These are the ones who watch shows on Net­flix, which is not our mar­ket,” says Aashka. “I want to tell them, ‘When you call these shows regressive, try­ing to look in­tel­lec­tual, you are not do­ing that, you are not look­ing into the depth.’ En­ter­tain­ment isn’t to do with re­gres­sion or pro­gres­sion. En­ter­tain­ment is en­ter­tain­ment,” says the ac­tor, who has been part of the tele­vi­sion in­dus­try for 15 years now, and starred in shows such as Kkusum.

The ac­tor, em­pha­sis­ing on the psy­chol­ogy of tele­vi­sion au­di­ences, says, “A man liv­ing in a Tier II city, earn­ing `20,000, comes back to his fam­ily and wants to re­lax. He doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily want to watch some­thing that’s giv­ing him a les­son in life, be­cause he is al­ready learn­ing a lot through the day. He wants a show with which he can relate emo­tion­ally or be amused.

“If you want to watch pro­gres­sive things, then you watch BBC, world news or busi­ness net­works, but to cat­e­gorise tele­vi­sion [shows] as pro­gres­sive and regressive is not be­ing in­tel­lec­tual.”

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