Washing a Laptop and Other Gems on Indian TV: What Are Our Daily Soap Writers Smoking?

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Washing a Laptop and Other Gems on Indian TV: What Are Our Daily Soap Writers Smoking?

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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he latest in the line of the great TV moments that broke the internet was a clip that kept popping on my social media feed. It was a masterful work of fiction, the kind only Indian television audience can appreciate. The couple in the clip was falling off a cliff, a straight plunge into a valley that was thousands of feet deep, or so we were told because clearly they did not have the VFX budget to actually create anything beyond what looked like propped-up scenery hand-painted by an amateur. Bad VFX was, however, the least of that viral clip’s remarkable qualities. What was profound was that the couple was having a lovers’ tiff while they were falling down.

It was a paradigm-shifting approach to the very idea of creative licence, and a big fuck you to science. Because seriously, when you are the top-rated show on TV, who cares for physics?

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