I am not sure, if television shows are a part of your entertainment diet. For me, they have always been. I love to spot differences between ongoing shows and the ones gone off air. And this applies to - Tele-serials, news and musicals.
If we take sitcoms, apart from the maturing story-line, decibel levels and hyperbole are getting louder. Sound effects foretell the mood of the upcoming scene.
We now have multi-coloured visuals - Sepia for flash-backs, White for silence, vibrant colours switching back and forth with shades of grey.
We can predict motives by shades & sound, not necessarily wait for histrionics. Wonder, who is the real hero - the paraphernalia that sets the mood or the actor himself?
If Silence must be heard, silence must be presented.
Recall any episode of "Vyomkesh Bakshi". When the detective is cracking the best clue, there would be pin drop silence on the scene.
If we can identify Silence, we can interact with Silence in any form.
My typical Sunday morning begins with Rangoli, a musical on DD. Discreet story telling about an actor's life , is the "only talking" the host does in between the songs. Presentation is simple, style quotient suave and glamour silent.
We recently bid adieu to Telegrams -a very grand farewell it received on the final day. But little did we realize, that we have already written off " formal news-hour formats".
Headlines - Detailed News - Weather Update - And the headlines once again.
No debates, no analysis, no comments.
When such news structures were in place, I was too young to follow them. Now, they have gone silent.
When predictable is boring , repeat telecast has lost its charm .
Reality scores over fiction, and patience dictates TRP's .
To Doordarshan - I take a bow.