Youngsters Of Kolkata Now Speak More About Web Series Than Television!

Web Series And Television Series

10 years ago, in the corridors of schools and colleges, the hot topics of discussions were television serials.

Young girls did drool on the brooding lead actors of T-Town and the actresses were inspirations for latest fashion and style tips.

During Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi‘s era, if Hiten Tejwani had been the crush boy for many girls, Gauri Pradhan’s ‘Nandini skirts’ formed the major collections at the women’s wear outlets.

Kahiin Toh Hoga, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Dill Mill Gayye, Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin, Miley Jab Hum Tum, Kutumb, Kkusum

The same happened with shows like Kahiin Toh Hoga, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Dill Mill Gayye, Miley Jab Hum Tum, Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin, Kkusum, Kutumb and more.

Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon

Not too long ago, back in 2012, even the show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon had the same humongous effect on the youngsters. Barun Sobti ruled their hearts and Sanaya Irani became an icon as Arnav and Khushi respectively.

Geet Hui Sabse Paraayi And Pyaar Ki Yeh Ek Kahaani

Even working women discussed about Gurmeet Choudhary and Drashti Dhami‘s amazing chemistry in Geet Hui Sabse Paraayi during their lunch breaks and college crowd during the Twilight craze went berserk while watching the vampire series Pyaar Ki Yeh Ek Kahaani.

Those were the days when TV ruled the discussions tables of the youth and middle aged urban people.

Cut to today’s time.

While TV still is a platform for style tips to many, other things have changed.

Made In Heaven And Puncch Beat

In a media college in the heart of the city of Kolkata, students discuss about ‘Made In Heaven‘ and ‘Puncch Beat.

Test Case And Sacred Games

In a coffee shop, two young girls are heard talking about ‘Test Case’ and ‘Sacred Games’.

Broken But Beautiful

Broken But Beautiful‘ is the favourite web series of a girl who has greatly fallen for Vikrant Massey after watching the series.

MX Player’s Hey Prabhu

Hey Prabhu‘ is in the binge watch list for a working person who is waiting for the weekend to appear.

Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala, Anurag Prerna And Kumkum Bhagya

All in all, it’s quite clear that the young crowd is shifting towards the digital platform. May be our mothers and aunties still do talk on the dining table about Kullfi‘s hardships, sympathise with Prerna‘s tears, watch with eagerness the circular storyline of Abhi and Pragya in Kumkum Bhagya, but TV is losing the youth crowd gradually.

And that makes us wonder if the content on TV needs a radical shift now in order to maintain a balance. Youth might not be the target audience for television, but they are influencers who can in future pull down television as a lesser influential platform than the rapidly growing digital platform. World has gone mobile. TV is on mobile too. But the content on TV is not competitive enough.

Hotstar Specials

Meanwhile, as I type down this, a young boy is watching the Hotstar Specials‘ promo of ‘Roar Of The Lion‘ in a crowded restaurant somewhere at Sector V of Salt Lake City, Kolkata.


  1. Kolkata always moves ahead!!!!

    Actually not 10 but 18 years back Hiten as Pratham was a rage!!! I discussed that show in school as we prayed for him and Gauri to land up together in real life (a prayer which came true)!!!!

    Nowadays it is limited to one or two shows on TV and that too I try to stick to finite ones!!!!

    Currently watching KZK2 for nostalgia sake (I watched the original) and Kaal Bhairav Rahasya 2 (soon to end and a finite series)!!!!

    Web series ……….. now those I have watched tons of!!!!


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