- The show has been asked to be pushed by an hour
- BCCC also asked the show to run a disclaimer
- Earlier, a petition was filed to ban the show
Pehredaar Piya Ki's premise - in which a nine-year-old boy is married to an 18-year-old woman - provoked angry and outraged responses when it began airing in July. The BCCC reportedly intervened at the behest of the Information and Broadcasting ministry after minister Smriti Irani was petitioned to ban the show. "Imagine the kind of influence it will steadily and perpetually infuse in the viewers mindset. We want a ban on the serial. We do not want our kids to be influenced by such TV serials," said the petition, which is currently at almost a lakh-and-a-half signatures.
Earlier this week, producers of the show said they would argue their case in the event of official communication. "We have not received anything yet. As and when we receive it (instructions from the ministry), we will reply to it. We will explain our point of view. We know what we have made and we are confident about our show. Anything that will come to us we will respect and obey it. If they want to monitor the show or watch it, it is okay," Sumeet Mittal, one of the makers, told PTI.
Pehredaar Piya Ki has been widely mocked and denounced as regressive on social media. Actor Karan Wahi urged the show's makers not to "sell stupidity." The show's cast have, however, defended the plot line. Actress Tejaswi Prakash, who plays the 18-year-old bride Diya, told news agency IANS, "I think it's really progressive. But again, a lot of people believe in judging a book by its cover. They love being judgmental and people have nothing better to do than judging somebody else's work. Then okay, what can I do?"
(With PTI inputs)