LS Polls Done, These TV Shows Promise To Provide More Political Drama
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The recently-concluded Lok Sabha Elections provided enough drama to last for several seasons of a show. From family jibes to temple runs, tears to insults, the Indian political season had it all. However, now with the numbers out and winners declared, the focus has moved (at least temporarily) to introspecting the reason for losses, and working on the path ahead for the winners.
But if you still need your regular dose of power fights and politics, there's always a bunch of shows - that even with (and despite) the extra drama are often a reflection of society - to turn to.
So we've rounded-up a list of binge-worthy shows that promise to make up for the void that the elections left. While they may not give you reason to discuss BJP and Congress by the water-cooler at work, these series will give you enough fodder to indulge in political engagement - while even keeping you up-to-date with all that is controversial, relevant and endearing about politics.
‘The Handmaid's Tale’
Based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 best-selling novel of the same name, the show tells the story of a society that takes over the United States of America, and subjects women to reproductive slavery by forcing them to bear children of the elite. These women were typically ‘handmaids’ whose appearances were marked by a red cloak and a white-brimmed bonnet.
This series, just as the novel, is politicised in its relevance to past and present affairs in the United States, as parallels have been drawn to movements around the reproductive rights of the 1980s and Donald Trump's America.
Critics have drawn parallels between the dilemmas faced by Kirkman to those faced by Trump in their tenure as presidents, eliciting debates regarding whose decision-making is to be sided with.
‘Sacred Games’ teases out the tangles between religion. corruption, politics, and violence - all while creating waves of its own beyond the limitations of the screen. The show has also had its fair share of controversy as comments on Rajiv Gandhi, Bofors scam and the Babri Masjid demolition in it seemed to infuriate many.
The show has been hailed by critics for the autonomy it gives to its women characters, who powerfully express their emotions and ambitions.
While it has received mostly favourable reviews, the content is often termed controversial in nature - a scene depicting the President of the Philippines making a move on the U.S. secretary caused significant backlash from the Philipino government.
‘House of Cards’
While the show, with its dark comedy and tragedy, received critical acclaim with seven Emmy and two Golden Globe awards, the backlash against Spacey due to sexual harassment allegations almost shut it down.
The resulting final season did not star Spacey, with the writers having to rewrite the show and the limelight shifting to Robin Wright. However, the show still remains a must watch for any political aficionado.
In this series, the character of Anirudh Prakash is an honest politician who tackles serious issues such as defence scandals. While fictionalised, this show enables us to engage with the ordeals of the political world on a more personal level.
This show stars Wendell Pierce and Dominic West, and is regarded for providing an accurate demographic representation of Baltimore, with a primarily African-American cast. Lauded for its realistic depiction of urban societal ordeals, ‘The Wire’ is often regarded amongst the best TV shows of all time.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been praised for her comic timing, and even won an Emmy for her performance.
‘Armanon Ka Balidaan-Aarakshan’
The show was surrounded by its fair bit of controversy, as it was served a notice by the I&B ministry for airing promos containing political violence. Starring Muni Jha, Pariva Pranati and Aarya Kumar, it also features appearances from other actors including Dolly Bindra.
‘City of dreams’
Hard-hitting in its political inclinations, the show lays emphasis on a multi-layered storytelling style in order to further the narrative. Recent reception has not been favourable, but since it is only one season old, only time will tell.