‘It’s an inspiring story’

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Say producers Sumeet and Shashi Mittal of TV show Pehredaar Piya Ki, which has been embroiled in a controversy since it went on air.

The controversy surrounding Sony TV’s Pehredaar Piya Ki refuses to die down. Two petitions have been filed against the show so far. The recent petition signed by more than one lakh people, has been forwarded by Smriti Irani, Union minister of Information and Broadcasting, to Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) for immediate action.

Say producers Sumeet and Shashi Mittal of TV show Pehredaar Piya Ki, which has been embroiled in a controversy since it went on air.

The controversy surrounding Sony TV’s Pehredaar Piya Ki refuses to die down. Two petitions have been filed against the show so far. The recent petition signed by more than one lakh people, has been forwarded by Smriti Irani, Union minister of Information and Broadcasting, to Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) for immediate action.

The makers of the show — Sumeet and Shashi Mittal — have now, for the first time, come forward to the defend their show. During a press interaction in Mumbai on Monday, they said that people who haven’t watched the show are creating controversies around it. “People have to first watch the show and then take a decision. I recently went to a party where the women started discussing about the negative impact the show has made but when I asked them if they had watched it, they flatly told me that they do not watch TV,” said writer Shashi Mittal.

Over the controversy which began after Karan Wahi tweeted against the show, the producer says, “When Karan tweeted, he was in the USA. It is his duty to first watch the show and go by facts. We are going to send him a notice asking him if he has actually watched the show.”
However, there are many who have watched the show and then signed the petition. Shashi defending her stand, says, “Everyone has their own interpretation of a story. We are not promoting child marriage or anything wrong. It’s a simple story of an 18-year-old girl who marries a nine-year-old boy because his father had once saved her life, and she felt committed to fulfill his last wish. She had promised him that she would take care of her son.”

The show recently came back to limelight after news of the couple’s first night and honeymoon track made it to the media. But Shashi defended the track and said that their focus was neither on their first night nor on the honeymoon. “You have to understand that the story is such that the rest of the family doesn’t approve of the girl protecting the young boy and they are therefore trying to humiliate her or create embarrassing situations for her. We belong from a traditional family and we will never show something like this,” she says, adding, “Nowhere has the girl encouraged the boy or his innocent thoughts.

Having said that, when we have weddings in our families and are decorating the room for the newly wed couple, the children in the family ask us, ‘why are we doing it’. We do not shy away but explain it to them. Most kids nowadays have heard about honeymoon in family conversations.”

“We don’t know what people are finding controversial about the show. Most people have misjudged it but it’s a very inspiring story. If we had exaggerated the show and then people had complained, it would have been fine. But we haven’t done anything like that,” said Sumeet.

The producers said that they will not change the plot and if in case they receive a notice from BCCC, they will explain the story. “We would make the board first watch all the episodes and then take a call,” she says.

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