Actress Ratna Pathak who is remembered for her stint in iconic shows like Sarabhai VS Sarabhai, Idhar Udhar, Tara and many more, talked about the Indian television industry especially in late 1990 how Saas Bahu sagas changed the dynamics of television.
Calling out Sarabhai VS Sarabhai a witty show, Ratna said, “It’s a good product- well written, well-produced, well-directed and very well acted. The bulk of the credits goes to the writer; Aatish Kapadia’s view of the world that has stood the test of time. Sarabhai VS Sarabhai was witty. But we were ahead of our times; when we first aired on Star One, in 2004, our TRP was 0.69. My own family, who were hooked on TV, didn’t watch it, they said they couldn’t connect to it. So after a few episodes, the show was done with and we pulled it down. It was much later, when the channel started playing the show on repeat, that people found out about it. And when we went online, the response was phenomenal. We discovered our audience was able to consume this kind of stuff. We found a new and much younger audience.”
Ratna Pathak also commented on Saas Bahu serials. She said, “It was during the early ‘2000s that the phase of horrible saas-bahu dramas began, with all their regressive ideas that we have spent years trying to dump out of the country. If you see in the late ’90s and early 2000s you can see the intention to create ‘Parampara’ and castism in the society all over again. This should have no space in the 21st century. So, how can you not be a political person? What choice do you have? How can you only be an artist?”