Some Wafers for the Kadhi Chawal, Please: MasterChef Australia & the Importance of Family TV Time

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Some Wafers for the Kadhi Chawal, Please: MasterChef Australia & the Importance of Family TV Time

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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very time I sign in to my Netflix account, I’m greeted by a selection screen asking me to choose from three viewer profiles – my mother’s, my father’s, and mine. Who consumes content together anymore? That’s so ’90s. And the reason we need those three profiles is that although we’re living in the age of Peak TV, we can’t seem to agree on what makes a good TV show.

Is it the plot? Or the characters? Half-naked people riding dragons or stories of notorious drug lords? Is it that one immortal, never-ageing Baa in a house full of overdressed people? Or is it one man breaking down doors because “Kuch toh gadbad hai, Daya”? Or maybe you put them all together for a show where a half-naked Baa deals coke while evading the cops.

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