The heroine rising from the dead to slay her enemies, the vamp screaming that she’s preggers; there are some cliches that simply refuse to leave TV shows. Every year, we feel the makers will come up with something new but sadly that does not happen. Here are five cliches that we need freedom from this Independence Day…
If the 70’s and 80’s gave us the cliche of “Anjaane Main Bhool”, then fake pregnancy is something that is rampant in TV shows. When a vamp tries to win over the hero but fails miserably, the last resort is fake pregnancy. Recently, we saw how Daadi felt that Naira was (Shivangi Joshi) pregnant in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai and how Mansi faked that she was expecting just to get married to Anmol. Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi, Ishqbaaaz, Dil Bole Oberoi have all used the concept of fake pregnancy for various purposes. What is annoying is that the male character does not even remember the night when they might have made out with such results. And it is even more irritating to see how coolly the male lead takes on the responsibility.
Bride – swapping
It is extremely easy to switch places with the dulhan on the altar if Indian TV is to be believed. Incidentally, bride-swapping is one of the highest TRP raking mechanisms for any show. Uttaran, Naamkarann, Swaragini, Udaan, Sasural Simar Ka – the examples are countless. We wonder how the other girl manages to find that precise moment when she can replace the other one. We always thought that a would-be bride is always surrounded by a host of friends, cousins, etc and has a chaperone 24×7 on her wedding day.
Rising from the dead
When your enemies are relentless, you rely on the smartest of tricks, which is to fake your demise. Ishita (Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya) is the queen of this. She once died and returned literally from the funeral pyre. Even Shivaay faked losing his life in Ishqbaaaz. Like bride-swapping, this track also gets a lot of eyeballs, which is why special promos are cut for fake deaths!
Love triangles amongst siblings
We have seen how viewers are repulsed with the idea of an extramarital affair but are surprisingly cool about two siblings falling for the same man or woman. In Swaragini, we had two cousin brothers going crazy about the same girl while BFFs Iccha – Tapasya also fell for the same guy, Veer in Uttaran. We also saw how a loving relationship slowly changed into a hateful one as Chakor – Imli switched husbands in Udaan. Even in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, cousins Gayatri (Kanchi Singh) and Naira fell for Kartik (Mohsin Khan). A supernatural drama like Naagin too wasn’t spared as Shesha (Adaa Khan) and Shivanya (Mouni Roy) went mad over Ritik (Arjun Bijlani).
Like bride swapping, kidnapping too happens any time any where. And the best part is that kidnapping seems to be the activity of first time criminals on TV shows. You surely do not need any proficiency for this.