Friday, May 30, 2008

Indian TV - No creativity?

A few weeks back I wrote about my favorite music director Ilayaraja, lifting tunes from all over. I was saddened.

Today, I read about this TV show in India '
Kya Aap Paanchi Paas se Tez Hain'.

Looks like a copy of the show '
Are you smarter than a 5th grader', that is on here in the USA.

I wonder where the creativity has gone !

Everything from the West is copied...and now even TV shows !

I am happy for the audience who'll get a break from those pathetic soaps !


Ganesh said...

NV Sir, what about cheer leaders
they just want to ape everything.
Hopefully and eventually they will ape some good from here other than Hollywood wannabes.

Anonymous said...

Every body apes... if people dont want to follow western culture, and adamant to preserve indian culture, NV would/should blog from P'galatur and not from bay area.... and i know he will give a gyan about it, however.... lets call spade a spade!

On the Ilayaraja thing... its not lifting, except for that one hindi song, shich could be the directors wish. I can play a 1000 songs with Em, D, C, G in my guitar. It would be kidding for me to say that all these songs were lifted. Thats how music works, i could eloborate more on this if needed. Prove the previous post completly wrong and inane.

and about TV shows... I see nothing wrong in copying from west. Every culture grows just by sharing and copying from others. Like We wearing Trousers and suits and not handloom things any more. I would love to see NV wearing Khadi in Bay area... i mean evry where he goes.

Your blog is good, you write well. however you comments and views are lil backward... pull along.

Jo said...

You are right about the creativity in TV shows. Americal Idol was turned to Indian Idol. Indian Idol lead to so many other such (non)reality shows etc. Wasn't Kaun Banega Crorepati also a copy of such a US tv program? And Shekhar Suman's Movers and Shakers? There are loads of others as well.

Even though the TV scene is at such pathetic level, I must say the advertisement industry in India has produced amazing works and people out there seems to be very creative.

Narayanan Venkitu said...

JO - Advertisement industry in India...IMHO , the best. Not I remember, even from the early 80's. Why doesn't that creatvity flow into TV?

Narayanan Venkitu said...

Anon - Comeon my friend. Did you listen to the songs, in that website...if that isn't called lifting..what is lifting?

Not sure why you want me to wear Khadi in Bay Area...comeon..what are you trying to say?

Narayanan Venkitu said...

Ganesh - Yes, everything goes....!! Cheerleaders too !!

When people love all these shows..why don't they accept the Cheerleaders?

Sumi said...

I am surprised at your thoughts! Looks like you dont want to accept the good things from the west but ok with stupid ones! Whats wrong in aping all these quiz shows, that too its being aired on STAR PLUS, which again is just a part of the STAR's global network. If you feel Indians lack originality, then even you are very much a part of it, the way you promote for cheer leaders! Its just not the east is influenced by the west, even the western world is influeced by the east. There is nothing wrong in assimilating the good things from any cultures, just like the west which has accepted Yoga and meditation from the east. I think its baseless to compare the quiz shows with the cheerleaders. If I were a parent, I would be happy if my kids follow some of the richness of western traditions like bein assertive, following one's dreams, but I certainly wouldnt be happy if they dress in skimpy outfits, and indulge in anything thats convenient to them. Its ok to criticize, but looks like yours is getting overboard on India criticisms, unfortunate though.