We’ve had a mixed bag of reality shows, game shows, family dramas, and soap operas.
KBC Season 5 (Sony Entertainment Television)
There’s never a dull moment with Big B on KBC and 2011 was no different for this maestro. With the central theme of calling participants from the rural innards of India, the KBC Team aimed to bring out the determination and the real dreams in the eyes of the heart of India. An approx of 27 million viewers tuned into the episode when a Sushil Kumar of Bihar won the grand prize.
Bade Achhe Lagte Hain (Sony Entertainment Television)
While most of Indian TV is replete with saas-bahu sagas, Sony claims that this serial is catered to an audience wanting to watch more ‘mature’ dramas. This story follows a young Priya Kapoor who gets married unwillingly to business tycoon Ram Kapoor and the tussles is their relationship lead to hilarious and quirky situations. Tourism Australia and the recent movie ‘The Dirty Picture’ heavily promoted themselves with this popular show.
Saath Nibhaana Saathiya (Star Plus)
Here is a story that satiates the saas-bahu dose that most Indian households seem to require. This series is told through the point of view of a simple girl called Gopi and narrates the life of two girl cousins in the home of their in-laws. Since its premiere in May 2010, this series has managed to remain in the popularity charts.
Kuch Toh Log Kahenge (Sony Entertainment Television)
A remake of the Pakistani series ‘Dhoop Kinare’, Kuch Toh Log Kahenge is an extremely popular and well-made series that depicts the fluctuating moods and relationship of Dr. Ashutosh and Dr. Nishi essayed brilliantly by popular actors Mohnish Behl and Kritika Kamra. This show sets itself apart because it doesn’t touch clichéd familial themes. The focus of the series is a romance blossoming between two professionals with a large age gap.
Pavitra Rishta (Zee TV)
It’s kind of unbelievable that this series by Ekta Kapoor won the Special Jury Award at Seoul International Drama Awards 2010 isn’t it? This TV show tells the story of a mother-daughter relationship in a Maharashtrian family, with the mother’s urge to see her daughter settled soon and the battles with the in-laws that later ensue.