FB Live: ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’ Makers Become Pehredaars of the Show

Makers of Pehredaar Piay ki defend their show and clear their stand on the concept of child marriage.

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A still from<i> Pehredaar Piya ki.</i>

It looks like the controversy around TV show Pehredaar Piya ki has no clear end in sight. It all started when actor Karan Wahi tweeted about the show being regressive. A petition has been filed by a girl, Mansi Jain calling for a ban on the show, which is aired on Sony Entertainment. So the makers of the show, Sumeet and Shashi Mittal organised a press conference to defend their show.

We covered the press conference to see if there was anything we were missing out in the entire debate about the show’s regressive plotline. Take a look at the press conference here:

We were proved wrong. The makers of the show defended the show and its premise till the very end and made no mention of changing the context of the show. Where a lot of Indians are showing concerns about various negative aspects of the show, the makers refuse to accept any fault in it. Shashi Mittal, the writer of the show takes pride in the concept and is not happy with the demand for a ban on Pehredaar Piya Ki.

I do not want to show anything other than a father dying and begging someone to take the responsibility his ten-year-old son. Diya is indebted to him and now Diya is just returning the favor to Mann Singh by taking care of his son. 
Shashi Mittal, Maker of Pehredaar Piya Ki

The only question that rises in our mind as a viewer is why doesn't Diya become the guardian of Ratan? Taking responsibility of Ratan being a friend or a guardian would have been easy but for the makers that wouldn’t have been enough masala to put forward to the viewers.

When asked about the “scenes” being pitted as objectionable by the viewers, the makers continued to defend their show.

I come from a conservative family. Today people get married in our houses as well. We all decorate the rooms for the wedding night, the children go inside the room and ask why we are decorating the room but we do not stop decorating the room, we still do it. 
Shashi Mittal

When asked about the show’s portrayal of child marriage, the makers still couldn’t stop defending themselves.

We are not showcasing child marriage in any way. All we are trying to show is how a girl at the age of 18 makes her own decision and tries to pay back her debt by marrying a ten-year-old. We haven’t portrayed anything uncomfortable in the show and do not promote child marriage. 
Shashi Mittall

Well, dear makers of the show, child marriage remains what it is, no matter what its premise.

According to the makers, most of the people who have signed the petition have not watched the show.

I was in a party few days back and was standing among a group of people who started talking about the show. They had no idea that it is my show and they started talking ill about the show, I asked them if they have watched the show to which they said no but still they had signed the petition, I want them to watch and sign the petition. If they had watched and then signed the petition, then it is their decision. 
Shashi Mittall

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