03 March, 2021

Kyunki Magic Has No Borders | By Ekta Kapoor

J.K. Rowling is fine. GoT is fine. Then why is Nagin regressive?

The Show-Stealer
Ekta Kapoor with Outlook’s senior editor Giridhar Jha.
Photograph by Jitender Gupta
Kyunki Magic Has No Borders | By Ekta Kapoor

It’s a myopic view of some people to call our television serials regressive. They don’t see what we see in a show. When I ask them about the reasons for calling our shows regressive, they say that we depict women wearing bindis and big jewellery, who are always crying. But that is not regressive. Regressive is a mindset. You can find a show tacky, melodramatic or over the top, but that is not regression. It would be regression if I ever show women in a poor light. Of course, I show the vamps and the heroines who are fighting against each other. I am also accused of portraying holier-than-thou women. But then, I am also showing strong women like Tulsi (Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi) and Parvati (Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii) to a woman in a village who doesn’t even get a chance to speak in her house. Such characters influence her to take big decisions.

On television, we have dealt with dom­estic violence, marital rape and even something like breast examinations for cancer in our shows. That is not regressive, that is informative. If you can...

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