Watch my show be­fore you protest: Te­jasswi

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

Even as the TV show Pehredaar Piya Ki gets into murkier wa­ters — an on­line pe­ti­tion to ban it has reached the In­for­ma­tion & Broad­cast­ing Min­istry, and min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani has re­sponded — the show’s fe­male lead, Te­jasswi Prakash, says that she isn’t af­fected by the crit­i­cism.

“Do I sound like I’m af­fected one bit? I’m some­body who is al­ways going to be proud of my ac­tions,” says Te­jasswi, who plays the role of Diya. She be­lieves that the show’s pop­u­lar­ity has led to peo­ple us­ing it for their own ben­e­fit. “The show has al­ready be­come such a huge plat­form for public­ity that ev­ery­one wants to be linked with it — in a neg­a­tive or a pos­i­tive way,” she says.

In the story, a nine-yearold prince is mar­ried to a princess twice his age. View­ers’ anger has been aroused by the way the boy is shown as be­ing in­fat­u­ated by an adult woman, and the ref­er­ences to suhaag raat and hon­ey­moon.

As per re­ports, Irani has writ­ten to the Broad­cast­ing Con­tent Com­plaints Coun­cil, ask­ing that the mat­ter be looked into and ac­tion be taken.

Te­jasswi says that the protests against the show are com­ing from peo­ple who haven’t even watched the show. Re­fer­ring to the pe­ti­tion, which states that au­di­ences don’t want “kids to get in­flu­enced”, the ac­tor re­torts, “I’m not wor­ried about the out­come of such pe­ti­tions. What in­flu­ence? I’d re­ally want to meet these kids who want to marry an 18-year-old girl.” She adds with a touch of sar­casm, “I’ll en­sure that it doesn’t hap­pen, don’t worry.”

Te­jasswi points out that no­body is be­ing forced to watch Pehredaar Piya Ki. She adds, “Rather than put so much time into writ­ing these things, just spare half an hour and watch the show for a change, maybe.”


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