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Gone are the days on Television where audience loved watching women decked up in heavy jewellery and 5 layers of make up. While they haven't completely done away with it, the magnitude is much less now. With the advent of reality television, and channels delivering high TRP's with shows like Big Boss and Fear factor, makers have chosen to add real life touches and instances to their story telling. The leads are no longer sacrificing scapegoats. Instead, they are shown as characters that have a mind of their own.
Star Plus in early June went in for a total revamp and adopted the slogan "Rishta Wahi.. Soch Nayi", i.e. a new way of looking at existent norms and relationships. Under this banner, they revamped many of their older shows with new age thoughts and beliefs. They launched new shows as well. Shows like Sasuraal Genda Phool, Pratigya, Tere Liye, Kali, though are still women centric, they are now women sensitive and deal with real life problems that every girl or woman of any age could relate to.
Pratigya a show on Star Plus that started out as a call against all those eve teasers who dared to harass women, today is a love story between the stalker turned lover boy and the victim who is now his wife. While Pratigya is a strong minded, educated woman, her husband falls into the category for an uneducated, uncouth rich man's son, who believes in driving his point across by being stubborn and adamant, all in the name of love. Fans swear by his love and his loyalty towards his wife and they wouldn't take a word against him. What can't be missed out however is how he had actually coerced her into their marriage. But what are the chances that you would fall for a person who has made your life living hell, held your parents and family under threat and has left you with no option but to marry him? A ridiculous twist eventually puts Krishna in positive light and turns the tables making Pratigya realize she loves her husband after all. A few episodes further focus on this woman winning the man back and him pushing her away saying, he didnt know she was like any other girl who would use "luring" to win him over!
Sasuraal Genda Phool a fairly light hearted show, that finds its place in the early evening slot of Star Plus has many fans. The lead Suhana, played by Ragini Khanna, is a rich man's spoilt brat daughter married into a middle class family as her father feels, she should get a dose of all the love and affection she missed as child owing to the fact that she was a single parent child. We find glaring resemblances to Enid Blyton's "Naughtiest Girl in School"-where the protagonist is not an epitome of perfection but is actually like any other rich girl, who has fancy expectations from life since everything has come to her on a platter. Though she has adjustment issues and a culture shock thanks to the sudden over flow of love and concern from her new found family, she quickly settles down and learns to adjust without doing anything mean or vamp like. She finds a friend in her husband and a mother in an elder in the house who everyone calls Badima. Sunaina's innocence and clear heart is the USP of the show. It wouldn't be surprising if the lead eventually fall in love, not because they are attracted to each other but, because both of them learn to love and accept each other for who they are . Suhana deserves a special mention as she is the first Star Plus bahu who is not perfect!
Enter Tani, who has been forced into marrying her best friend Anurag, out of compulsion at the age of 15 by their parents in Tere Liye . While the teenagers face the dilemma of not being able to define the boundaries of their new found relationship status they do learn to respect, like and care for one another taking cues from their own parents. Anurag's father however, begins to have second thoughts over their growing proximity and decides to separate the two. He forcefully sends Anurag abroad to study much against his wishes. There is pain of separation. Eight years down the line, Anurag has turned into this bitter young man, doing exactly the opposite of what his father would want or expect of him. He is rich, good looking and successful, but he is also a man who wouldn't let anyone override his thoughts. Not even Tani. He goes ahead and falls in love with another girl Nupur, when abroad, while Tani continues to harbour feelings for Anurag. She waits for him, only to be heartbroken on learning he doesn't believe in their child marriage anymore. His stance is clear. "I love you" but "I am not in love with you". This line seems to have caught on everywhere giving rise to innumerous debates over the nature of their relationship. Anurag takes all responsibility for Tani and promises to settle her, since he is the one who broke her heart. He still cares for her, and gets restless when he sees her unhappy. He however is clear that he doesn't love her and he is doing all this only because she is his best friend. Unlike earlier soaps under the Balaji Banner, where the hero decides to ruin his life for the sake of his lady love, here is a win-win situation where the man says, "I will repair the damage I did to you while I will stay happy as well".
Another show that started with Tere Liye was Chand Chupa Badal Main, a show about a low self esteem, reticent young girl Nivedita, who finds love in her childhood friend Siddharth, only to realize her sister loves him too. Being the girl that she is, she decides to sacrifice her love for the sake of her sister's happiness. The boy doesn't relent but she forces him to by taking a stand for herself for the first time in her life.
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