Fenil and Bollywood

Get ready for Idiot Box-a film on TV Soaps and their effects on mails

Posted on: December 15, 2009

Idiot Box will show how the Indian male suffers on account of the saas-bahu soaps

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 15, 2009)


S B Singh heard the alarm bells ringing when he noticed that his wife preferred television soaps over him. Ekta Kapoor’s string of K-serials and their clones had the women in Singh’s family glued to the television.

This is when Singh, owner of a sweetmeat chain, decided to make a film to show how his personal life was affected by the saas-bahu sagas. He said, “My friends have also gone through a similar ordeal. My film will speak for them.” The film has been appropriately titled Idiot Box.

SB Singh Jyoti Gauba

Talking about his experience, Singh said, “I usually get home by 8.30 pm after work. But my wife remains glued to the TV till 10.30 pm. I told her to watch the reruns in the afternoon. But she uses the afternoons to take a nap.” Singh, who lives in a joint family, faced this problem with all the women in his household. “But nobody seemed to listen,” he added.  To add to his woes, they kept talking about the storylines and the characters in those shows.

Singh decided to retaliate. “I started returning late,” he said. “I went out with my friends. My wife questioned me and I clearly told her about my problem. Agar woh 11 tak TV dekhegi, toh main ghar pe aake kya karoon?”

Singh and his wife discussed the issue. He said, “She accepted that she was wrong. But there are many such couples, who haven’t resolved their differences. I don’t have anything against television producers or their content. I simply don’t want anybody to see television at the cost of their personal life.”

Idiot Box has a character that has been inspired by Ekta Kapoor, who is called Anekta. Newcomer Jyoti Gauba will play that role. Singh added, “The film’s director, Sunando Mitra, used to work with Balaji Telefilms earlier. He gave me a lot of insight into Balaji. It became easy for Jyoti to adopt Ekta’s looks, style and mannerisms.”

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