Thursday, 9 February, 2023

Devolution of dramas

Devolution of dramas

Bangladesh has a wide range of audiences who love television (TV) dramas from all ages. The best 1990’s classic TV dramas were “Kothao Keu Nei”, “Aaj Robibar”, “Nokkhotrer Raat”, “Badol Diner Prothom Kodom Ful”, “Ure Jai Bokpakhi”, “Tara Tin Jon”, “Housefull”, “Bhalobashi Tai”, “Bhalobashi Tai Bhalobeshe Jai”, “Chirokumar Shongho”, “69” and “Graduate” et cetera. It was the golden era of the entertainment industry. The reason for popularity of the 90’s dramas is their storylines, scripts, screenplays, melodious, impactful themes, direction, performances, acting skills, and so on. Despite technological limitations, actors’ acting was soothing and a treat to the eyes towards the end of the century. But, unfortunately, the entertainment industry has devolved with high resolution technologies. The biggest difference between dramas then and now is the shallow scripts; weak storylines, obscene language and signs, overdramatic, and even the names of the dramas are absurd.

Presently, most of the TV dramas are unable to give any impactful message or show any social dynamics. However, if we look more closely at the media, advertisements, we can easily find that they are changing positively. For example, they are showing equality and positivity in television commercial (TVC), i.e., removing racism by branding Glow and Lovely instead of Fair and Lovely. On the other hand, the film industry is also changing by making inspired and meaningful stories, e.g., Hawa recently. Technology is influencing media evolution, but dramas are becoming very poor with their inappropriate titles and scripts, primarily because they only focus on the relationship between boys and girls, taboo, extramarital affairs, incest, and so on. The inclusion of both verbal and visual elements helps to reinforce gender stereotypes. So, people do not have any fandom for particular people or dialogue like that before.

For example, Assaduzzaman Noor got massive responses and popularity for the role of “Baker Bhai”. As the country mourned Baker Bhai’s demise, it represented a revolutionary trend in the industry. Given the interest and appreciation that regular people have for artists, the industry in Bangladesh has grown to be significant. Things that were once calming, musical, and profound have recently become intolerable due to the use of vulgarity and violence, which fail to leave an audience with a long-lasting effect. The conversation is obscene, the music is meaningless, and the language is poor. As a result, the dramas are not really good or sophisticated. The sentiments of the middle class, for whom watching the dramas on TV was once regarded as an occasion and occasionally a celebration, are indicative of the declining interest and avoidance of Bangladeshi dramas. In the age of Netflix and social media, people are now fixated on small screens.

Producers and directors would learn that a carefully crafted script with values, culture, creativity, eloquent dialogue, and soulful music, helmed by a dynamic cast, would revive the joys of the golden age of cinema if they thought about the popularity and characteristics of popular dramas from the recent past. Meaningful dramas and proper scripts will help regain popularity. In fact, artists who are rehearsing for dramas need to develop proper acting techniques before working on screen. Conflict is the foundation of drama, and not just any conflict, but one that is strong, sympathetic, and deep enough to advance a plot and promote character development. Dramas are the genre that is most likely to become old or dull, so the story needs to be constantly developing and getting more complicated. A personal or internal conflict, an interpersonal conflict, and an overwhelming conflict must all be present at the same time. Additionally, all of these can be brought together in the plot in engaging and profitable ways.


Nashita Tasneem, an Intern working at the Daily Sun