Pehredaar Piya Ki team on petition against the show: It’s unnecessary criticism

Sony's Pehredaar Piya Ki has found itself in another controversy. With the recent sequences focusing on the suhaag raat and honeymoon of the 10-year-old kid and his 18-year-old wife, people have filed a petition against the show demanding a ban. Here is what the show's team has to say.

Written by Sana Farzeen | Mumbai | Updated: August 11, 2017 12:20 am
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Pehredaar Piya Ki is back in news. The show brings to the audience a never-seen-before story of a nine-year-old boy getting married to an 18-year-old girl. The marriage is not for love nor any compromise, but only because the girl has promised the boy’s dying father to be his lifelong pehredaar (protector). The recent episodes that highlighted the suhaag raat and how the young kid enjoys filling his wife’s forehead with sindoor has raised many eyebrows. The cringe-worthy scenes have caused a public outcry and recently a petition has been filed against Pehredaar Kiya Ki demanding a ban on the show. Unmoved by the developments, the team of the show still believes that people should give the show time before judging.

The petition that describes the show as obnoxious and perverted has been filed by a woman named Mansi Jain. Addressed to the I & B Minister Smriti Irani, it states, “Pehredar piya ki. A 10-year-old impressionable little kid(“piyaa”) caressing and stalking a lady who’s more than double his age and filling sindoor in her “maang” is being telecasted at prime time 8:30pm on Sony. (Family time) It is to be devoured by the entire Nation. Imagine the kind of influence it will steadily and perpetually infuse in the viewers mindset. We want a ban on the serial. We do not want our kids to be influenced by such TV serials. Join us in signing the petition to ban this serial (sic).” It has already received 48,465 supporters and is just short of a thousand before it reaches Smriti’s office.

The show has been facing backlash ever since the promo hit the tube. And now with the two embarking on a new journey, things seemed to have gone overboard. The team of Pehredaar Piya Ki though is unmoved by the act as they believe that their show is not what people are assuming it to be.

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A source close to the show told indianexpress.com, “It is such a futile attempt by people. The show is nowhere promoting child marriage nor it’s showing anything objectionable. The suhaag raat sequence that people have been bashing had the lead Diya (Tejasswi) actually standing up against the ritual. She also mentioned that the marriage is for a cause and not to enjoy the marital pleasures. When we are giving out such strong messages why do people need to file petitions? It’s an unnecessary criticism and completely unjustified.”

When we reached out to the lead actor Tejasswi Prakash, who plays Diya, she refused to talk about it stating, “I have no clue about the petition and can’t comment on it.”

The young lead Afaan Khan’s dad Jameel also tried to evade our queries stating, “I am in a meeting now. Let me call you soon.”

Suyyash Rai, another actor from Pehredaar Piya Ki, has always been vocal about his support for the show. He told us, “How much time these people have to start such petition. Tell me did we show them having sex that there’s such a hullabaloo over the suhaag raat sequence. And there is no honeymoon sequence. It’s all imagined by these critics to pull our show down. The producers have been in the industry for a long time and do know their job well. It is not just an entertaining show but it is also helping so many people earn their living. People are only targeting us because it’s a different show. I can only say that don’t watch the show if you don’t like it, but don’t put so many people’s hard work down. We are not here to preach but only present a fictitious entertaining story.”

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As of now, the production house and the channel are refraining from talking about the developments stating that they don’t want to give it undue importance.

Sumeet Mittal, the producer of the show, in an earlier interview with indianexpress.com had mentioned about the criticism that followed post the promos of the show. “I completely enjoyed and cherished the backlash. This has never happened with us and it was a first-time experience. The audience is yet to know the real concept and storyline and they are bound to judge you,” said Sumeet. He had also assured that the show is not promoting any social evils. “First and foremost, it is a fiction show. It is a story of a girl, who has been given the job to protect this royal prince from the impending threat. To be with him 24X7, she decides to marry her. She is a pehredar (protector) and the bond that they share is a very pure one.”

Apart from the aam janta, popular actor Karan Wahi had also shared his disgust regarding the show through a Facebook post. Telling the makers to not sell stupidity in the name of content he had written, “Dear producer and channel .. i understand we cant make shows like how i met ur mother and friends, and honestly i dont expect us to also ,but for the love of god and for the reason we all got in this industry plz dont sell me stupidity in the name of content whch gives trp because honestly noone is watching this.”

Pehredaar Piya Ki stars Tejasswi Prakash and Afaan Khan as Diya and Ratan. The show airs on Sony Entertainment Television.

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    MAHESH GULWADI
    Aug 15, 2017 at 11:24 am
    This news feature on the Tv serial "Pehredar Piya Ki" very cleverly avoids mentioning the NAME of the PRODUCER of the Tv show. For whatever it is worth, the actors are left to defend the tv serial and the Producer is nowhere in the picture. He needs to be questioned, if at anyone has any objections. For me, I dont watch Tv shows at all.. as I don't intend to wrack my brains.
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      Charmee
      Aug 13, 2017 at 8:34 am
      After sind the boy will ask her for First Night Chance.Because everybody likes that to start immediately after Sindhur.
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        Chitra
        Aug 13, 2017 at 6:48 am
        The Problem with the Private Security Services persons are that they are partners of Funds Management of various States Politicians and their families.Former Finance Minister Chidambaram's son is running a consultancy business and what ever his father and his associates will hide will be materlising by mode of Consultants Fee.That means block money making into white money.All the Employment s are accessed by the Money Laundrers and their work is getting the information of candidates.BJP Party persons who are running Small Recruitment agencies are doing the work of arrangement of jobs of core state natives from one state to another state and filling their people in a state where they want to contest and winning in politics is increasing.
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          Chitra
          Aug 13, 2017 at 6:35 am
          In Bhubaneswar some Private Security Services persons are who. Are living in different residential localities are doing harassment works like illegally hacking emails,sms,Telephonic conversation tapping and sending emails,SMS via Mobile phones and emails that you have won 500.000 GBP From Chevrolet and send your details.Monster etc employment sites where anybody uploads the Resume immediately the Private Security Services persons will send job offers irrespective to the qualifications of persons and that to the persons belongs to the Natives of Odisha.Wrong business community belongs to Bihar,Chattishgarh,Jharkhand,Deep Andhra Pradesh persons who are running the business in Bhubaeswar,Odisha are doing this.
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            mninalini
            Aug 13, 2017 at 6:23 am
            Now after putting the Sind the boy will ask her the First Night Chance.
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              parvesh_atre
              Aug 13, 2017 at 5:25 am
              A little child is going to honeymoon, waooo. Such a stupid writer. Is that writer got married to 10-year-old women. or did he have a relation ship with an older woman when he was 9 years old. Think you stupid what are you writing and Mr or miss director and producer you guys are really dumb enough to understand telling a little child to go for honeymoon.
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                abhishek
                Aug 11, 2017 at 11:07 pm
                as i saw serial it has good concept but in few episode shows about first night and then honeymoon that is really makes viewers think wrong. so my point of view is that show it in sober way dont put that honey moon and first night as this concept based on paherdaar piya ki so dont offairjust make it sober dont make as the cast is good but as male lead is 9 yrs and female lead is 18 so just i wish to make story intresting dont use first night and honeymoon topics as they are 9 and 18 yrs
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                  Nous Tempa
                  Aug 11, 2017 at 5:52 pm
                  These moralists would then get shocked if a tv-show correctly shows Pradyumna marrying the woman (Mayavati/Rati) who brought him up like a mother and protected him since he was a baby. Or if a show has Lord Krishna stealing clothes of gopikas, because that would be ist, cringe-worthy blah blah blah. This is a land which accommodates unconventional stories too, and knows the difference between entertainment and instruction. The tv-show is not the latter. The producer correctly said in an interview "Love has no particular definition". If anyone WANTS to compartmentalize the relation they see into a particular ualized view of love, then that is their mistake in perception. Please don't simplistically consider children as monkeys who imitate everything they see. And preferably do expose them to different ideas so that they become enlightened human beings. The tactic of "I don't understand this. I cringe. Hence censor/ban" comes from an inadequate world-view.
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                    Nous Tempa
                    Aug 11, 2017 at 6:03 pm
                    Edit: If anyone WANTS to compartmentalize the relation they see into a particular s_xualized view of love, then that is their mistake in perception. (Edit due to nonsense censoring).
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                      Nous Tempa
                      Aug 11, 2017 at 6:04 pm
                      ... clothes of gopikas, because that would be s_xist, cringe-worthy blah blah
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