Finally, official action has been taken against the controversial TV show Pehredaar Piya Ki, thanks to the petition that was sent to Smriti Irani. No, it’s not being taken off the air, but its telecast will be taken off prime-time. The Broadcasting Content Complaints Council or the BCCC, which acts as the watchdog for all TV content which does not involve news, has asked the Sony channel to shift its timings from 8.30 PM to 10 PM, as per reports from PTI. Along with that, the show must start with a disclaimer stating that it is fictional and does not promote child marriage.
The BCCC reportedly intervened at the behest of the Information and Broadcasting ministry after minister Smriti Irani was petitioned to ban the show. The petition was written to Smriti Irani, which currently has almost a lakh-and-a-half signatures read: “Imagine the kind of influence it will steadily and perpetually infuse in the viewers’ mindset. We want a ban on the serial. We do not want our kids to be influenced by such TV serials.”
The show’s producers are also not going to give in without a fight. Sumit Mittal, one of the producers told PTI: “We have not received anything yet. As and when we receive it (instructions from the ministry), we will reply to it. We will explain our point of view. We know what we have made and we are confident about our show. Anything that will come to us we will respect and obey it. If they want to monitor the show or watch it, it is okay.”
The show’s entire team seems to be firm on their opinion of the show, as only recently the show’s female lead, Tejaswi Prakash who plays an 18 year old married to a 9-year-old, argued that she thinks the show is progressive. But it has been India’s habit of straight out banning things that the majority doesn’t concur with, so it remains to be seen what happens of the show after all.