The show produced by Shashi and Sumeet Mittal- the same duo who harassed a pregnant Deepika Singh for her dues of Diya Aur Baati Hum- premiered on Sony on July 17. Based in Rajasthan, Pehredaar Piya Ki is a story of a 9-year-old boy marrying an 18-year-old girl. The show stars Tejaswi Prakash as Diya and child actor Afaan Khan as Ratan.
Afaan Khan And Tejaswi Prakash Pehredaar Piya Ki
There are many scenes which have been outrageous. Afaan suddenly puts sindoor on Tejaswi's forehead and says that now they are looking perfect together. The first episode even had Afaan stalking Tejaswi.
Pehredaar Piya Ki has been slammed by critics and even actors like Karan Wahi and Gaurav Gera from the TV industry.
SpotboyE.com spoke to Afaan's father yesterday. Initially, the man was reluctant to talk and said, "Sony has asked me not to talk to the media," but when we prodded him on, he opened up- and how!
Excerpts from the conversation that followed:
Your son's show Phredaar Piya Ki has been mired in a controversy for celeberating child marriage...
It's okay. We knew about the script in detail. It's not that something happened at the spur of moment.
Plus, let me tell you that the story is soon going to take you into a different space soon, it's going to change drastically.
I am sure he's doing well. Nobody is debating that, Mr Khan. But even actors from the industry are lashing out at the show Pehredaar Piya Ki (Karan Wahi, Gaurav Gera)...
I cannot comment on that, but I am simply looking at Afaan's future. Pehredaar Piya Ki is giving him film offers. I just got a call from a film production house and I am sorry that I can't reveal the producer's name.
Karan Wahi Blasts Pehredaar Piya Ki Producers For Selling Stupidity
Does Afaan understand what is marriage and what are its implications?
As I said, Afaan is only acting. He is not taking all that is happening on the show into his head
She has no problem.
Does Afaan get teased in school after he came on TV as someone who marries an 18-year old girl?
No, nobody teases Afaan.
Look, we are not doing it for money. Afaan is just playing a character. If somebody plays a villain on screen, does he become a villain in real life?
People talk, is that something new?
Even Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan have had their share of controversies. Will they stop acting?
If one has to remain in the industry, there will be controversies around him/her. One needs to accept all this.
Did you expect this kind of reaction to Pehredaar Piya Ki?
No, I didn't. But I am not bothered and worried about the reaction.
Has Afaan asked you questions regarding the backlash?
Afaan is not asking anything to me. As I said, he is not taking anything into his head. He is still a kid who is busy with his games and toys after the shoot.
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