We’re not planning to change the plot of Pehredaar Piya Ki:Show producers

‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’, the daily soap airing on Sony Entertainment Television, has been facing strong criticisms over its controversial content even before the show’s launch, which has only intensified as the show progressed. Created by Shashi-Sumeet Productions, ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’s story centered around the ‘romance’ and marriage between a nine-year old boy and an 18-year old girl hasn’t gone down well with the audiences and industry observers. 

Following a petition filed against the show on Change.org, Union I&B Minister Smriti Irani taken a strong objection regarding the show by writing to the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) and has asked it to take necessary action against the show. 

Meanwhile, the entire cast of ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’ are defending the show and have requested the viewers to watch the show and then decide whether the show is regressive or not. 

Following the strong reactions, Shashi and Sumeet Mittal, Producers of ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’, were Live on Facebook to respond to the controversies regarding the show. 

Talking about the controversies, Sumeet Mittal said, “Controversies regarding the show are based on rumours. Rumours are the only factors which are stretching the show in a negative direction. Since, we have already telecast 20 episodes and all the answers regarding the criticisms are hidden inside the story, it’s just that the audiences need to understand it and then give their opinions regarding the show.” 

He further said that according to him, it all started with Karan Wahi’s tweet regarding the show. “We all know that India is a democratic country and citizens have the right to express their views, but without watching the show it’s really unfair to put up an open message on Twitter regarding the show. Had he done the same thing after watching the episodes then his views would have been most welcome, but criticising the show based on the promos is really not done. In future, we will definitely ask him about the reasons that made him more affronted about ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’.” 

Adding to this, Shashi Mittal said, “I seriously don’t know what has led the audiences to draw such conclusions, because we had never thought about creating such an image of our show in the minds of the viewers. Since day one, our story was regarding ‘Pehredaar’ and we have shown the same through the promos as well. Basically, ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’ is a show which depicts the story of an 18-year old girl from Rajasthan who decides to become the caretaker (pehredaar) of a 9-year old boy.” 

While justifying the ‘Suhagraat’ scenes, Shashi Mittal said, “Since we all follow traditional patterns, we have never shown any objectionable scenes on television till date. Critics are doing a cut paste of the views floating around to create controversy on social media and gain more attention from the masses. People are judging a book by its cover and passing their comments.” She insisted, “None of the scenes between the characters were offensive. It just depicts the innocence of the boy. We have only shown the common things that happen in our daily life.” 

She further said, “We want to take this show ahead on the merits and not with the controversies. There are many people who are investing their time by watching this only because they like ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’. Basically, at the end of day only the content can help the show gain TRPs.” 

On the petition filed on Change.org, Shashi said, “Till now we haven’t received any kind of written note on this, but we will surely respond when we receive such a note as we are confident about our product.” 

“Audiences are misjudging the serial without even watching it. They are just over-exaggerating the situation to seek extra attention and create controversies,” she lamented. 

Shashi maintained, “This show is not promoting child marriage or any such practices. The main plot of the show is that a 19-year old girl acts as a bodyguard to a 9-year old boy after getting married to him. The story is all about the girl’s promise to safeguard the boy’s life. Going forward, we are not planning to change the plot of the story since we are not showing or promoting anything wrong through the serial.”


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