Mainstream Indian television is well-known for their regressive, ridiculous content. From a woman romancing a gorilla and another one turning into a snake, Indian television continues to outdo itself when it comes to desperate attempts at grabbing eyeballs. It seems bestiality wasn’t enough for them because now they they have resorted to pedophillia (ok, not exactly, but it comes very close) in an effort to gain TRPs.
“Come step into a world of unparalleled romance in an aristocratic setup when a charming 9 year old boy, Afaan aka Ratan Singh, of a royal household gets married to a beautiful and lively 18 year old girl, Tejaswi aka Diya”, reads the description of Sony’s upcoming new show, Pehredaar Piya Ki.
The trailer Pehredaar Piya Ki shows a little boy applying sindoor to an adult woman’s forehead. What is even more disturbing is that the woman actually finds it cute and smiles when the boy fetches a stool so that he can reach her forehead and apply the sindoor. Creepy much? The woman is also shown with a gun which she keeps in her purse apparently to protect the kid.
While the makers of the show say they do not promote child marriage, we find it hard to understand why they had to show it in such an odd, even creppier manner. If the kid needed protection, why not hire bodyguards? He can surely afford it. Maybe the woman is actually a ninja who has disguised herself as a bride? Judging from the woman’s makeup and her French manicure, we can assume that the show is set in modern time. Yes, we know Indian television is no stickler for history, we are trying to make some sense of it.
Here’s the one-minute promo