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India airs edgier TV shows _ but cuts out the edge

January 3, 2012 • Entertainment


FILE – In this March 15, 2007 file photo, Hollywood actor Richard Gere, left, hugs and kisses Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty during an event for HIV-AIDS awareness in New Delhi, India. An arrest warrant was issued for Gere after he kissed the cheek of Shetty. In an effort to attract younger viewers without offending the older ones, Indian TV is now showing some of America’s edgiest shows, but cutting out the edge. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan, File)

NEW DELHI (AP) — Would the sex, drugs and rock-n-roll fueled TV show “Californication” be worth watching without the sex, drugs and rock-n- roll? What about serial killer series “Dexter” without the gore?

In an effort to attract younger viewers without offending the older ones, Indian TV is now showing some of America’s edgiest shows — but cutting out the edge.

As India urbanizes and its middle class grows, a delicate dilemma has hit a media culture long dominated by local TV shows aimed at rural audiences, such as the soap opera “Baalika Vadhu” or “Child Bride,” about a girl married off at age 10. While the young and hip audiences that attract advertising dollars want foreign imports, no broadcaster wants to Login to read more

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