My history with Game of Thrones is a bit patchy; I had always found it slow and for the first 8 attempts to watch it I couldn’t even finish the first fifteen minutes of the pilot or the first episode. However, on the insistence of a very dear friend, who made me watch it sit through season one and two forcefully I did complete watching season 6 which is the last telecasted season as we write this.
I liked Game of Thrones for a lot of things but somehow I find it overhyped and the storyline a tad slow for my personal liking. Nevertheless it is a good series and worth a watch once at least.
One of these days when I was thinking why we don’t have series like Game of Thrones in India (mythology Ramayna & Mahabharata doesn’t count).I realised that we had series on Indian TV which had striking similarities to Game of Thrones and apparently they were all made by the likes of Ekta Kapoor of the Balaji Telefilms.
If you would have seen the series Goodness Gracious Me, I would even claim that GoT is Indian. and probably written by the scriptwriters at Balaji Telefilms and directed by Ekta Kapoor herself. The GoT is:
- A Series are about powerful families which hold considerable influence and power. Sounds Indian.
- Both have females which are hatching conspiracies after conspiracies and other females/males trying to save their families from the aforementioned conspiracies. Again every Indian TV soap which was or is running absolutely Indian.
- When there is a build up of possibility of truce between the warring families there is a death removing the possibility and also extending the length of the time show can run. Only an Indian Television series could do that. Remember where everyone except Ba was dying in one of the Ekta Kapoor series
- They run in parallel universes where black magic, dragons, fortune telling, changing faces and the dead being alive again exist as a fair possibility. Is there anyway this could have been based anywhere out of India?
- The family money running out seems to be one of the common themes. Again Indian.
- They feature children being born out of the wedlock which eventually start having a say in the family matters. Seems like Indian to me.
- Mothers influencing son’s against the Daughter in Law. Come on, can it get more Indian than that?
- There are lavish weddings and conspiracies are executed during the wedding. Does anything says more Indian than a conspiracy filled lavish wedding.
- The devils which rise from the dead have shiny blue eyes and are killed with dragon glass ( don’t ask me what it is) and Valerian steel. Somehow reminds me of Shiv Mandir ka trishul which can kill the blue eyed demon.
- The traditional expectation from the women is to work in the household and provide the family with a son who is an heir. However, there are a few girls/ladies which are defying these traditional roles. I don’t need to convince you anymore, do I?
- People seem to wake up with swords and armours as the ladies in Indian series seem to be waking up with their makeup and jewellery on.
- If you translate the title to Hindi it translates to
“Khel Kursi Ka”“KKhel Kursi Ka”. From the point where I see it has written Ekta Kapoor all over it.
So this is my motivation for following Game of Thrones, it is a drama series which packs all the bells, whistles and the punches from an Indian television soap which makes it a very interesting watch. What makes it perfect and go beyond what an Indian soaps offer, the number and detail of beautiful naked women they show on screen. Yeah so my categorisation for Game of Throne is soft porn setup in the context of an Indian drama or vice versa if you like.