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Things on TV that I've had grievances with - Part III
Suicide trivialized

What do you think is the problem with the scenes?

Well-loved characters portrayed on TV shows are often young guys with a past in narcotics, having quit and currently going through a difficult phase of retribution, faces a sudden relapse. The problem is with the follow-up scenes indicated as a possible attempts to suicide and the shows invest all of a few seconds on the issue. Very glamorous shots of drugged guys veering along lines of the glorifying and the romanticized does not make for right social messaging. Also more time should be given since mental health issues and drug addictions are sensitive subjects. 

Does this happen in real life?

Sure it does which makes it very imperative that scenes like these be dealt with utmost care. The audience might end up thinking that suicide or depression or that triggered by depression is frivolous. What certainly doesn’t happen in real life is you right after shooting up on drugs aim straight for the pool and float around trying to be dead or do something alike while a house full of extended family spends not more than a minute to try and bring you back to life. The whole treatment of these scenes are extremely unrealistic and far away from relatable.

What is the larger character journey?

The characters are usually etched out perfectly well, something that TV show can be hailed for. The drug abuse bit is an extensively important part of the character graphs and the slightest slip in handling this aspect might prove fatal to the overall impression that the character is making. Also given the fact that these characters become favorites with viewers owing to their vulnerability and many root for them, there’s a moral responsibility that entails.

How could we have done it better?

The drug addiction and the attempt to life can been handled with more maturity. These shows are high on drama and very clear on their populist goals. Indian TV shows are mostly fun and well lit which also becomes a problem when you’re trying to touch upon more serious issues insofar as the lighting becomes a problem as gritty subjects should ideally be shot with an appropriate treatment to make them more impactful.

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