Pe­ti­tion de­mands a ban on this weird love story

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja

The TV show Pehredaar Piya Ki, which has a nineyear-old boy mar­ried to an adult woman, raised eye­brows right from the time the pro­mos be­gan. Now, with suhaag raat and hon­ey­moon pop­ping up on the show, fu­ri­ous view­ers have asked Sm­riti Irani, Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion & Broad­cast­ing, to pull it off the air.

A pe­ti­tion was posted by one Mansi Jain on Change.org. At the time of this re­port be­ing pub­lished, it had 51,818 sig­na­tures. The pe­ti­tioner wrote that “we do not want our kids to be in­flu­enced by such TV se­ri­als”. In the story, a young prince (played by Afaan Khan) is put un­der the care and se­cu­rity of his adult wife (played by Te­jasswi Prakash). What has in­fu­ri­ated view­ers is the pro­jec­tion of this re­la­tion­ship as a love story.

When we con­tacted the pro­duc­ers, Shashi Mit­tal of Shashi Sumeet Pro­duc­tions told us, “What­ever ac­tion we will take [if any], it would be in front of ev­ery­one, so you shall see. Right now, I can’t say any­thing.” Ac­tor Suyyash Rai, who plays a char­ac­ter called Ab­hay on the show, said, “The mak­ers aren’t fools, and if a rep­utable chan­nel like Sony has ap­proved all this, they must have dis­cussed the pros and cons a thou­sand times. The show is not pro­mot­ing child mar­riage.”

Though we couldn’t reach Afaan’s mother, a source close to the pro­duc­tion unit told us that she was more than happy when her son bagged the lead role. “She knew the sto­ry­line, and if she had any prob­lems, she wouldn’t have al­lowed her son to be a part of the show.”

AT THE TIME OF GO­ING TO PRESS, A PE­TI­TION ON CHANGE.ORG HAD 51,818 SIG­NA­TURES, ASK­ING THAT THE SHOW PEHREDAAR PIYA KI BE SCRAPPED

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